Biography

Kate combines skilled litigation knowledge with a scientific background to tailor creative and effective regulatory compliance strategies for clients.

Kate has broad experience counseling landowners, private water companies, and retail and distribution facilities on water rights, stormwater permitting and compliance, and water resources management. She also counsels clients in the industrial hemp and cannabis and fashion and textile sectors on the water and environmental regulations impacting their respective businesses.

Kate routinely advises retail and manufacturing clients on federal and state consumer product and chemical regulations. She evaluates and mitigates client risk exposure under product material restrictions and labeling regulations, including California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). She successfully defends clients against Prop 65 notices of claim, tailoring resolutions to clients’ specific business objections.

Kate’s civil litigation background includes contaminated property and nuisance litigation, class actions, and agency rule and permitting challenges.

Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Kate worked with clients in the water and mining industries as part of the natural resources and litigation teams at a regional firm. During law school, Kate served as a legal intern with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, in the Intermountain Regional Solicitor Office. Kate also won Best Brief for Appellant with her team at the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court, and she received the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Scholarship.

Before law school, Kate was an environmental scientist for the Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Water Quality. Prior to that, she developed additional professional experience in low impact development, land use regulation, and planning, including researching the implementation of the nation’s first total maximum daily load based on impervious cover. And at Yale University, she focused graduate work on transboundary water resource management and published a study on large dam development.

Kate is also passionate about providing pro bono service. Her service includes securing beneficial outcomes for individuals in immigration, family law, and domestic violence matters, as well as assisting environmentally-related nonprofits with organization and strategic operation.

Education

  • University of California - Los Angeles  (B.A., 2005)
    • Political Science
  • Yale University  (M.E.M., 2007)
  • University of Utah  (J.D., with High Honors, 2015)
    • Executive Board, Utah Law Review

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Utah
  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court – Utah

Professional Affiliations

  • ABA SEER Mining and Mineral Extraction Committee, Co-Chair
  • University of Utah College of Law Young Alumni Association, Board Member

Community Involvement

Since law school, Kate has maintained a commitment to pro bono legal service. She currently represents pro bono clients facing immigration issues.

Kate also coaches law students for both the Pace Environmental Moot Court and the National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court competitions, and she mentors students from her alma maters.