Kate Galston

Kate is an excellent writer. She took what was complicated and made it sound simple. This is the best of what appellate lawyers can do – provide the court with a clear path to a decision.

Trial Lawyer

Working with Kate gives our small firm its own “big-firm” appellate department.

Trial Lawyer

Kate is a treasure.

—Client after appellate win

Katharine J. Galston

Katharine J. (“Kate”) Galston is a seasoned appellate advocate with years of experience representing clients in federal and state courts appellate courts.


Kate has spent the majority of her career prosecuting and defending complex appeals, as well as litigating in the trial courts, at large law firms. Kate then decided to combine her specialized experience and her passion for excellent written and oral advocacy with the nimbleness of a small firm. The result is a practice that offers clients superb results, delivered cost-effectively.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Certified Appellate Specialist, State Bar of California
  • California
  • New York


  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, B.A.
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Defending victories and reversing adverse rulings in state and federal appellate courts.

Writ Petitions

Filing writ petitions and oppositions to writ petitions in the appellate court.

Amicus Briefs

Writing strategic amicus briefs in appeals in state and federal appellate courts.

Trial Court Strategy & Support

Developing legal arguments and writing critical pre-trial, trial, and post-trial motions.

Appellate Consultations

Analyzing the factual record and law to identify and formulate arguments for appeal.

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News and Updates

Kate Galston Elected Chair of ABA’s Council of Appellate Lawyers

November 28, 2016

Kate Galston was elected chair of the American Bar Association’s Council of Appellate Lawyers during the annual Appellate Judges Education Institute (AJEI) Summit, which was held this year in Philadelphia, PA. The Council of Appellate Lawyers is a part of the ABA’s Judicial Division and is the […]

Rethinking Legal Writing for an Online Readership

October 19, 2016

As more courts move to electronic filing and case management systems, it is now more likely that judges and law clerks will be reading briefs not on paper but on computer screens, iPads, or other e-readers.  In the most recent issue of Los Angeles Lawyer, […]

Kate Galston Secures the Reversal of a Criminal Judgment on Fourth Amendment Grounds

August 15, 2016

After briefing and oral argument, the Second District of the California Court of Appeal reversed a judgment of conviction in an unpublished decision in People v. Lee Adams. The appellate court agreed with the defendant, who was represented on appeal by Kate Galston, that the […]

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