Criminal Defense Attorney
Kate Ferrell entered private practice in 2016 and worked as an associate attorney before hanging her own shingle, The Law Office of Kate Ferrell. Kate's practice is 100 percent criminal law. In addition to her retained work, she accepts indigent defense appointments. Kate strongly believes that every person regardless of circumstances should have the assistance of a quality defense attorney.
To augment her professional skills and sate her personal curiosity, she has followed and studied appellate and post-conviction issues throughout her career, allowing her to maintain disciplinary focus, but also broadening her practice such that she has successfully defended a broad array of both misdemeanor and felony cases.
Additionally, Kate has served as a member of the Board for the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association since 2017. Kate is currently HCCLA's Secretary, coordinates the Second Chair Program, and organizes monthly brainstorming sessions for members.
Kate Ferrell is a former Assistant District Attorney who successfully prosecuted thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases on behalf of the citizens of Harris County.
Kate's early background and development always had its focus on service to the community. She was raised in Boerne, Texas; the daughter of an elementary school teacher and a 30-year Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy. The attacks of 9/11 were her first call to arms in service to her Country. Shortly after the attacks on our Country, she joined the Navy as a Master at Arms, serving a tour of duty from 2002 to 2007. After serving honorably, Kate moved from Pearl Harbor back to Texas and enrolled in a college near home and enlisted in the Army Reserves.
It was while in college at Texas State University that Kate first became interested in a potential career in the law. One night, she was at a bar with a girlfriend. Her friend was an immigrant who was going through the legal process to adjust her immigration status. Her friend also suffered from a rare disorder called cataplexy. An unfortunate medical episode at the bar that night ended with Kate's friend being wrongfully arrested and cited for Public Intoxication. A conviction for that offense had the potential to derail her friend's efforts to become a citizen. Fortunately, Kate stepped up to the plate--as she did for her Country after 9/11--and defended her friend in a Justice of the Peace Court. As a result of Kate's efforts, her friend was able to realize her dream of becoming a Citizen of the United States.
After graduating from college, Kate walked the Camino de Santiago-Via de la Plata. The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. The Via de la Plata is the longest of the pilgrim routes in Spain, starting from Seville in Andalucia, and running northwards for approximately 1,000 km. Kate competed the route, the full 1,000 km, in about six and half weeks.
Kate graduated from Texas State University, summa cum laude, in 2010. She received her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 2014, graduating magna cum laude.
Kate is more than a small-town girl and lawyer and small business owner, though. She's also a single mother to a precious boy who was born in 2019 with a rare condition called a giant omphalocele. Kate has spent her life-and made it her career-fighting for others. She has fought for her Country. She has fought for her friends. She has fought for her professional bona fides. She has fought for her colleagues. She has fought for her son. She fights for her clients. She fights for justice. She fights for the rule of law.
And now she is fighting to serve the citizens of Harris County as Judge of the 177th District Court.