Kate Thompson

Albuquerque Office


  • Criminal Defense
  • Civil Rights Litigation

Kate Thompson is an associate in the Albuquerque office whose practice focuses on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Kate graduated magna cum laude from UNM Law School in 2014. While in law school, Kate served as student articles editor of UNM's Natural Resources Journal, competed in the Williams Institute Moot Court, and was presented with the Ann C. Scales Jurisprudence award. Upon graduating, Kate worked for three years as a public defender in Albuquerque where she represented a multitude of defendants charged with various misdemeanor offenses and gained invaluable trial experience.

She spent two of those years as a member of the Law Offices of the Public Defender's Strategic Litigation Team, working to identify and address systemic issues within New Mexico's criminal justice system, particularly on issues of pretrial incarceration and release conditions. An ardent advocate of the First Amendment, Kate is also a member of the “Dissent Defenders” Strike Force, a group of volunteer criminal defense attorneys dedicated to ensuring representation for those arrested in the exercise of their First Amendment rights. 


  • University of New Mexico, B.A. English and Political Science 2008
  • University of New Mexico, J.D. 2014
    • Order of the Coif
    •  Honors in Criminal Procedure


  • State Bar of New Mexico, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico


  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • National Police Accountability Project
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association