Katharine D. (Kate) David

Partner, Litigation
1000 Louisiana Street
Suite 2000
Houston, Texas 77002-2099
t 713.276.5461 f 713.276.6461

Kate David is a public law litigator at the trial and appellate levels. Well recognized as a condemnation attorney, many of her clients seek her help with high-stakes condemnation claims, whether as condemnor or condemnee. She frequently assists private companies; governmental entities; and elected and appointed officials with difficult condemnation, election law, public contracting and constitutional tort disputes. Kate also has extensive experience handling sovereign, governmental, prosecutorial and qualified immunity issues.

Kate and her Gardere colleagues also assist governmental entities by serving as outside general counsel and special counsel. In that capacity, Kate assists governmental clients with issues relating to the Open Meetings Act, the Texas Public Information Act, contract negotiation, and litigation avoidance.

Kate’s clients, including many who hire her again and again, value her openness to alternative fee arrangements, as well as her persuasive advocacy on their behalf. Kate’s public law representations as a government contracts attorney include:

  • Various high-profile highway projects involving the right to take
  • Property owners and condemning authorities negotiating easement agreements
  • Elected officials and candidates in election law disputes
  • Governmental employees in civil rights litigation
  • Governmental entities in contract negotiations, litigation and investigations
  • Private entities engaged in public works projects with surety issues

In addition to her law firm experience, Kate served as rules clerk under the Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Texas. She assisted the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, a role that provided her with valuable, first-hand experience regarding judicial perspective.

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