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M. Kathryn Hoover




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M. Kathryn Hoover

The focus of Kate Hoover's practice is the intersection of Native American law and water law.

Kate has practiced law since earning her law degree at the University of Georgia in 1983, beginning her career in indigent legal services in Atlanta. She is admitted to practice in Arizona, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation.

Since moving to Arizona in 1989, Kate has worked exclusively for tribes, both in-house and under contract. Before joining Sacks Tierney, Kate was a principal attorney for the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Water Rights Unit, working to advance the water rights claims of the Nation through negotiated settlements and litigation.

Kate is an avid photographer and, together with her husband, operates their small cattle ranch in the Peloncillo Mountains in southeastern Arizona.

Practice Areas

Indian Law

Water Law

Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona: Financial Officer, Indian Law Section Executive Council (1991-1994)

Navajo Nation Bar Association: Board of Bar Commissioners (1990-1991), Bar Admissions Committee (1990-1993)

State Bar of New Mexico


U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2014

U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico, 2012

Alaska, 1991 (inactive)

Arizona, 1990

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1989

Navajo Nation, 1989

New Mexico, 1989

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1985

Georgia, 1983 (inactive)


Law Clerk to the Hon. John Pelander, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two, 1995


J.D., University of Georgia Lumpkin School of Law, 1983

B.F.A., Studio Art, University of Arizona, 2000

B.A., Philosophy, University of Georgia, 1978