Kate Simpson

Kate Marples Simpson

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation and Appeals
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury


Kansas Bar, 2014

Missouri Bar, 2015

United States District Court for the District of Kansas, 2014


University of Kansas School of Law, J.D. 2014, Order of the Coif

University of Kansas, B.A. 2011, Germanic Languages and Literatures, Cum Laude


Prior to joining Stevens and Brand, Kate clerked for the Honorable K. Gary Sebelius in Topeka, Kansas, and the Honorable Carlos Murguia in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kate’s federal clerkship experience included working on civil cases from filing through discovery, dispositive motion practice, pretrial motions, and jury trials. Kate also worked on criminal cases, assisting the judge with motions to suppress, to dismiss counts, indictments, limine and other pretrial motions, and jury trials.

Kate uses her four and a half years of federal clerkship experience to help clients navigate all aspects of federal and state litigation.

Kate lives in Lawrence with her husband, Jon, and her Wheaten Terrier, Scout. When not working, Kate enjoys spending time with family, cooking and baking, training for marathons and triathlons, teaching spin classes, playing the viola, learning fine woodworking from her father (a local luthier—builder of fine stringed instruments), and working with her bee hives.


Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch 2021 and 2022 in Lawrence, Kansas, in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Real Estate, and Municipal Law 

Douglas County Bench Bar Committee  At Large Member, 2020–present

Federal Bar Association Outstanding Leader Award, 2020 – In recognition of exceptional vision, service, and stewardship as President of the Kansas and Western District of Missouri Chapter

Federal Bar Association Nominations and Elections Committee Member, 2020present

Federal Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Committee on Programming and CLE Co-Chair, 2020–present

Federal Bar Association Chapter for the Districts of Kansas and Western Missouri:  Chair of Civics and Outreach Subcommittee 2020–present, President 2019-2020, President-Elect 2018–2019, Vice President 2017–2018, Treasurer 2014–2017

Federal Bar Association Civil Rights Section – Treasurer 2020–present, Amicus Chair 2019-present

Judge Hugh Means American Inn of Court:  President 2019-present, Vice President 2018–2019, Treasurer 2016–2018

Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Section:  President 2020-present, Secretary 2018–2019, Judicial Externship Coordinator 2016–2018

P.E.O. Chapter JP (a Women’s Philanthropic Education Organization):  President 2019-present, Vice President 2018–2019, Recording secretary 2016–2018

Family Promise of Lawrence, Kansas:  Coordinator at Plymouth Congregational Church, Chair of Music & Fine Arts Board, Chair of Fellowship Board

University of Kansas Crew:  Assistant Coach 2011–2014, four-time medalist including two-time gold medal winner at the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championships

Samuel Mellinger Scholarship, Leadership, and Service Award

Kansas Law Review Symposium Editor, “Waters of the U.S.: Adapting Law for Degradation and Drought”

Semifinalist at the 2014 Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in White Plains, New York

Student Director of the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence & Post-Conviction Remedies

CALI Awards (awarded for highest grade in the class) in Lawyering Skills II, Biodiversity Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Advanced Litigation

KU Campus-Wide Graduate Student Sustainability Leadership Award 2014

The Kansas Bar Foundation’s Justice Alex M. Fromme Memorial Scholarship and Lathrop & Gage Scholarship

Selected Speaker for the 2013 Kansas Natural Resources Conference

Inaugural President of the Federal Bar Association KU Student Division

Shook Hardy & Bacon Scholar

College Honors Program, graduation with distinction and departmental honors

Goethe Institute Certification for Business German

Interned in Eutin, Germany, at the Entwicklungsgesellschaft Ost-Holstein

German Honors Thesis, “Entwicklung mit Hindernissen: Margarete Steffins Gesellschaftskritischer Blick In Ihren Autobiographischen Geschickten”