Kate has over 15 years of experience as a trial lawyer. Her trial and appellate practice focuses on the representation of insurance companies, municipalities, individuals, and businesses in tort, employment and property tax litigation in federal and state courts. Kate also serves as a prosecutor for a number of local municipalities. Kate understands the stress that lawsuits cause and offers her clients an honest and practical approach to efficiently resolve their cases.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Wisconsin State Circuit Courts
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Representative Work

  • Eric T. Alston v. City of Madison, et al., No. 16-1034
  • Andrew Oemig v. Town of Lowell, 2011, AP1454
  • Debra W. Ring et al v. Thomas C. Coyle, 2008, AP312
  • Franklin F. Cook v. Town of Greensfield, 2006, AP2119

Honors & Recognition

  • Named to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® list
    • Rising Star, 2011-2019
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016-2017
  • Up and Coming Lawyer, Wisconsin Law Journal, 2014
  • Top 40 Litigation Lawyer Under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2013
  • Top Attorneys – Wisconsin Outstanding Young Lawyers, American Registry, 2012
  • CALI Awards: Trial Advocacy, Legal Writing & Research, Employment Law, and Military Law

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Presentations, Publications, & Contributions

  • Author, "Tackling Your First Appellate Oral Argument," Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal, 2017
  • Author, "Lessons Learned from the Other Side," Wisconsin Defense Counsel Journal, 2015
  • Presenter, "Refresher on Governmental & Qualified Immunity," Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation's 24th Annual Corporation Counsel/Defense Counsel Forum
  • Presenter, "Insurance Issues in Dog Bite Cases," Wisconsin Association for Justice Summer Conference
  • Presenter, "An Overview of OWI Cases from Both Sides of the Courtroom," Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference
  • Presenter, "Plaintiff's Guide to Dog Bite Litigation," National Business Institute
  • Presenter, "Illegal Job References," Sly in the Morning
  • Presenter, "Drinking and Driving from a Prosecutor's Prospective," Sly in the Morning
  • Presenter, "Appeals Process & Procedure," Madison Area Paralegal Association

Community Involvement & Board Memberships

  • Pro bono attorney for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel


  • J.D., Marquette University Law School, 2006
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2002

Kate’s Select Writing & Presentations