Kat Fox, J.D., has a well-earned reputation for being self-driven and extremely dedicated, both in the legal profession and in her own professional development in general. Her main focus is providing a great client experience, guiding them through each step of the legal process so as to feel in control of their own outcomes. Her experience with mediation also means she can help clients and their families accomplish much outside of the stressors of the courtroom setting.
A New Mexico native, Kat graduated high school early at age 15 to pursue a degree in sociology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She then obtained her Juris Doctor from Drake University Law School. As a student, she worked for the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP), a federally funded organization that monitors the health of former coal miners and provides them with periodic screenings. She then served as a legal intern for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Tribal Relations in coordination with Food Policy Councils stationed in reservations throughout the country. During this time, she also served as a Student Leader on the Indigenous Food and Agricultural initiative, all while simultaneously pursuing her J.D. In her last years of Law School, Kat acted as a Certified Student Attorney for the Drake University Legal Clinic and the Polk County Attorney’s Office in Des Moines, Iowa. All this, accomplished before she had even completed law school.
After obtaining her license, Kat worked as an associate corporate council for Century Automotive Service Corp., then as an associate attorney for Mccarthy & Holthus, a firm focused on finance and banking, before moving on to serve as a public defender in Gallup, New Mexico. While serving as an associate, Kat juggled upwards of 500 cases at a time while also pursuing her Executive Masters in Business Administration.
Of her recent legal experiences, Kat emphasizes that serving as a public defender had the most impact. “I enjoyed the interaction with clients and providing one on one assistance and counsel, with the knowledge that, although I may have many cases, for my clients, their case is the most important and stressful thing happening in their life.”
Overall, Kat’s hard work in the courtroom and the office has marked her as someone prepared to take on nearly anything that comes her way. She joins New Mexico Financial & Family Law to lend her expertise to family law cases.
At home, you can find Kat in the backyard playing with her two precious dogs, Saiyan & Nala, or under the hood of her current project car, wrenching it one step closer to perfection each weekend. Two of her other great loves include anime and chicken nuggets, both of which tend to be much underappreciated in today’s legal circles.