Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Kate advises clients in all aspects of government and election law. She helps government bodies, public officials, and private entities navigate administrative law, campaign finance, crisis management, constitutional law, conflict of interest law, open meeting law, public records, lobbying, and legislative and regulatory drafting. Kate also helps candidates and campaigns with all aspects of election law from getting on the ballot, ballot challenges, voter protection, as well as recounts. A seasoned litigator, Kate has tried several cases and appeared before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court.
Kate is the leader of the firm’s Government Law Practice Group and draws upon her unique experience as a trusted legal and policy advisor and litigator to public officials at all levels of state and city government. Before joining Sugarman Rogers, she served as chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick. In that role, she advised the Governor and the executive branch on legal, regulatory, and policy matters, and worked on a wide range of issues including judicial appointments, clemency decisions, and legislative and regulatory initiatives. She also has experience as the General Counsel to Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Boston.
Kate has an active pro bono practice focusing on civil rights and civil liberties. She is currently serving as local counsel with NAACP LDF representing amici Harvard students and alumni groups in support of Harvard’s race-conscious admissions. She frequently serves as a cooperating attorney with the ACLU of Massachusetts on issues ranging from separation of church and state, reproductive freedom, and open government.