Kate focuses her practice on appellate law and complex motions – especially those involving litigation issues, professional liability, insurance coverage, and other areas in which the firm maintains a trial practice. She is head of the firm’s appellate practice group and has handled more than 130 state and federal appeals.
“Appellate law allows me to practice in the many interesting areas served by Meagher & Geer – providing our clients with continuity of strategy from initial claim through final appeal. I really enjoy crafting a well-reasoned and proficient legal argument that will be interesting, concise and persuasive to a busy court. ”
Kate has been recognized in the Minnesota Super Lawyers® list in the area of appellate law and has been named to the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers list.
Kate is one of the founding board members of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society and served for seven years as the chair of that organization’s Education Committee. As chair, she oversaw the creation of three new lesson plans about the judiciary that are now being used in classrooms throughout the state. She also directed the Society’s first essay contest in which high school seniors will compete for scholarships by writing on a designated court-related topic. “It was quite a privilege promoting legal literacy among school-age children,” says Kate.
Kate has also served as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s appellate practice section and has taught appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Law School. In addition, she was a co-editor of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s on-line resource site for appellate practitioners. She is a frequent public speaker. Kate also volunteers through Volunteers Lawyers Network, assisting low-income clients obtain their birth certificates, which in turn allows them to apply for a Minnesota identification card–a gateway to employment and housing.
Outside the office, Kate has pursued her love of writing by being a contributing author for a local magazine and by serving a term on that publication’s editorial advisory board. She also provides ESL tutoring to adults and enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and traveling. Before earning her law degree, Kate was radio news correspondent and anchor.