Katherine Loewe (Attorney)

Practicing Since 2011

Katherine Loewe joined the firm in 2017.  Her practice focuses on civil rights and criminal law. 

Kate graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2011.  She received the “Most Likely to Defend Constitutional Rights to the Death” Award, as well as the Professor Michael Browde Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law.  She is a member of the Order of the Coif.

While in law school she clerked for the Law Office of Peter Cubra, where she was first worked on McClendon v. City of Albuquerque, a federal class action civil rights lawsuit involving conditions of confinement at the Metropolitan Detention Center.  As an attorney, Kate continues to work on McClendon, advocating for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities who are incarcerated at MDC, and participating in all aspects of the litigation.  

After law school, Kate clerked for Hon. Linda M. Vanzi at the New Mexico Court of Appeals.  In 2012, she joined the Robert R. Cooper Law Firm where she worked with Ryan J. Villa.  There, Ryan and Kate represented clients in state and federal court.  Kate enjoyed practicing criminal law while bring a compassionate approach to her clients as she assisted them in navigating the case process.

In 2015, Kate began a clerkship with the Honorable M. Christina Armijo, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. Following her clerkship, she rejoined the Law Office of Peter Cubra, this time as an associate attorney.  There, she joined the litigation team in Duran v. Martinez, a federal class action lawsuit brought on behalf of New Mexico’s prisoners confined in medium, close and maximum security facilities.  Originally filed in 1977 to remedy violations of prisoners’ constitutional rights, today Duran addresses issues concerning over-crowding. As a part of the Duran team, Kate tours prison facilities across the state where she meets face-to-face with classmembers.  She also appears in court, participating in mediations, settlement conferences, and hearings.

Kate is delighted to have joined the Law Office of Ryan J. Villa and to once again be working with Ryan.  She is grateful to have work that makes a meaningful difference in people’s lives and feels lucky to have Ryan, Kelly, and Richelle, as her colleagues. In addition to McClendon and Duran, Kate participates in criminal defense at the district court and appellate level.  She is licensed to practice law in the State of New Mexico and the United States District Court in the District of New Mexico.

Before law school, Kate worked for the Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center and taught children’s pottery classes.  She earned her BA from American University in 2001, and her Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico in 2008.  Kate grew up in Maryland and has lived in New Mexico since 2002.