Biography

Kate offers a multidisciplinary background and perspective from experience with literal boots on the ground that she uses to relate to clients and offer unique insights on the regulatory process.

She uses her science and management background actively to build trusting relationships with clients - empowering them with information about complex regulations and counseling them through creatively tailored litigation strategy.

While Kate’s experience with environmental law is broad, she has a strong background in water resources and environmental litigation at the local, state, and federal levels. She previously worked for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality and has several years of professional experience in water quality, land use planning, and environmental regulation.

Kate received a J.D. from the University of Utah, graduating with high honors. During law school, Kate served on the Utah Law Review Executive Board and was selected for the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court team, winning Best Brief for Appellant. Kate also received the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship and was a legal intern with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, in the Intermountain Regional Solicitor Office. In college, she wrote a capstone thesis on transboundary water cooperation, and during graduate school, she published a study on large dam development in the U.S. and around the world.

Kate enjoys spending time on trails and rivers throughout the west.  She often heads out with a knitting project, fly rod, rock hounding tools, or mountain bike, and particularly enjoys exploring southern Utah.

Kate is admitted to practice law in Utah only and is supervised by Principals of the Firm who are licensed to practice in California.

Education

  • University of California - Los Angeles  (B.A., 2005)
    • Political Science
  • Yale University  (M.E.M., 2007)
  • University of Utah  (J.D., 2015)

Bar Admissions

  • Utah

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court – Utah

Professional Affiliations

  • ABA SEER Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee, Vice Chair
  • University of Utah College of Law Young Alumni Association