For almost 30 years, Kate Neiswender has specialized in trial and appellate litigation, planning & permitting, environmental and regulatory agency law.

The Law Office of K.M. Neiswender has represented clients in California and nationally, helping a diverse clientele including businesses, public interest organizations, individuals, farmers, and others.

Kate M. Neiswender is the founder and principal of the Law Office of K.M. Neiswender, with nearly 30 years experience including highly complex legal and policy matters in the public and private sectors.  Ms. Neiswender has litigated sophisticated constitutional, environmental, regulatory and business issues in the court and before administrative panels.


Before obtaining certification with the California State Bar, Ms. Neiswender was a journalist, winning multiple awards for journalistic excellence in California.  Using that experience, Ms. Neiswender worked in litigation and regulatory arenas from 1987 through 1999, when she became Consultant and then Chief Consultant to the California State Senate’s Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee, assisting State Senator Tom Hayden in the passage of laws and budget items concerning environmental and regulatory issues.  Ms. Neiswender’s work with the Senate included revisions to the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Endangered Species Act, the laws regulating the Department of Fish & Game and the Department of Toxic Substances Control, among many others.  Ms. Neiswender also assisted Senator Hayden with the pioneering Water Bond of 2000, which resulted in monies for watershed improvements statewide.


Returning to the private sector in 2001, after term limits ended Senator Hayden’s tenure in Sacramento,  Ms. Neiswender again became involved in work for numerous businesses and agricultural concerns, including representation of the state’s largest independent oil producer.


The breadth of her experience and background provides Ms. Neiswender with a unique understanding of today’s world in which government and the law exercise growing influence over business, farming, zoning, land use, and other areas of everyday life.  The firm, working with colleagues with similar expertise, provides legal advice as well as strategic counsel in dealing with the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.


California State Bar (133234) – Environmental Law Section

Ventura County Bar Association

Chair, Natural Resources Section, Ventura County Bar Assn.


Southwestern University School of Law – Juris Doctorate 1987 (Two Year Program), Los Angeles

Honors: Law Review 1986-1987; Dean’s List 1986

California State University Long Beach – Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, 1978