Kate MatayaSenior Associate Attorney
Kate is a Senior Associate Attorney at McClure Law Group. Kate practices exclusively family law, including cases involving pre-marital and post-marital agreements, divorce, post-divorce modifications, custody disputes, parenting plans, and child support. She is also trained in Collaborative Law.
With a sharp focus on leading her clients to the best possible outcomes, Kate encourages her clients to look forward during an emotionally and financially draining time in their lives. Recently, she negotiated a settlement where a stay-at-home parent of more than 20 years was awarded the marital home despite a pre-marital agreement that may have prevented her client from receiving credit for the years that had been dedicated to raising children.
Kate is a great listener. She takes her role as the voice of her clients in the courtroom seriously, and she knows the value of truly taking the time to understand their goals and stories. Kate's clients feel confident in the courtroom that they have an advocate by their side who understands their family dynamic. Kate's genuine passion for child advocacy allows her to protect clients where it matters most — their children. Recently, Kate represented a working dad in a contentious custody dispute. Through her zealous advocacy both in and out of the courtroom, she obtained a primary possession schedule for her client.
Kate attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. She went on to work as a consultant, where she gleaned critical financial knowledge that enables her to aid high-net-worth clients with complex property division. Kate attended law school at Texas Tech University, where she graduated magna cum laude in May 2015. While in law school, Kate balanced her coursework with her service as Editor-in-Chief of the Administrative Law Journal and her work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.
Advocacy for children has been a lifelong commitment for Kate. She currently uses her legal skills as a volunteer attorney ad litem through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Through her work with Court Appointed Special Advocates, she voices the needs of foster children in court, in their foster homes, and in their schools. In one CASA case, Kate was appointed to a 13-year-old child immediately after he was removed from his home. She walked alongside him as he moved into temporary care, and after two years of advocacy through custody disputes and mediation, she proudly witnessed his adoption into a loving family. She also worked for the Legal Aid Society where she supported clients through divorces, child custody disputes, and instances of domestic violence.
Outside of work, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband, their goldendoodle Dahlia, and friends. She balances a love of baking with an active lifestyle that includes swimming, hiking, running, skiing, and snowboarding. She is actively working toward membership in the Fourteeners Club, which is earned by scaling mountains that reach elevations of at least 14,000 feet. She also plays fantasy football with her husband and—when it's not too heartbreaking—enjoys watching Longhorn football.
J.D., Texas Tech University, 2015
- Magna Cum Laude - Order of the Coif - National Order of Scribes - Editor in Chief, Volume 16, Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal - Distinction Award for high grade: Legal Practice, Contracts
BBA Marketing, University of Texas, 2011
- 2019 "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
- 2018 "Top Lawyers" by Fort Worth Magazine
- Mutual Misunderstanding: How Better Communication Will Improve the Administration of the Indian Child Welfare Act in Texas, 16 Tex. Admin. L. J. 423 (2014).
- Case Law Update, 15 Tex. Admin. L.J. 1 (2014).