Kathryn A.  Tipple

Kathryn A. Tipple



A clever natural resources attorney and former environmental scientist, Kate Tipple crafts thoughtful compliance, risk mitigation and litigation strategies for clients facing uncertain regulatory schemes and legal claims. She focuses on water resources, water quality and environmental contamination litigation.

Kate leverages extensive experience in natural resource development, stormwater management, groundwater contamination, water rights, public lands and land use. Her work involves the Clean Water Act and CERCLA along with California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, Hazardous Substance Account Act and CEQA.

Kate regularly serves stormwater clients as well as mining and forestry industry players. She has broad experience with litigation and administrative proceedings and regularly advocates before local, state and federal agencies. With deep insight into a broad set of environmental regulations, she has advised on federal and state consumer production laws, chemical requirements, cannabis and hemp issues, and mining.

Prior to Brownstein, Kate was an associate at prominent environmental law firms in San Francisco and Salt Lake City. She was also a legal extern with the Department of the Interior’s Office of Regional Solicitor in Utah. She was formerly an environmental scientist with the Utah Division of Water Quality and a geospatial technology specialist with the Center for Land Use Education and Research at the University of Connecticut.

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J.D., 2015, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law 

M.E.M., 2007, Yale

B. A., 2005, University of California, Los Angeles






Member (invited), Environmental Law Institute Emerging Leaders Initiative

American Bar Association - Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

The Foundation for Natural Resources

Energy Law Utah State Bar - Energy, Natural Resources & Environmental Law Section

Community Involvement


Board member, S.J. Quinney College of Law Young Alumni Association