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Katelyn Kathleen Empey

Litigation Attorney at Palm Springs, CA

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  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2013
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About Katelyn

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Katelyn Empey is an associate attorney in Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP's (SBEMP) civil litigation department. Ms. Empey’s practice encompasses a wide variety of matters, primarily environmental and land use, labor and employment litigation, public agency law, and tribal law. Ms. Empey has worked on behalf of law enforcement, public agencies, Indian Tribes, and private citizens on complex civil litigation.

Ms. Empey has experience in the areas of CEQA litigation and compliance, and has successfully represented clients in resolving complex CEQA disputes. In particular, Ms. Empey advises cities, special districts and private clients on all aspects of the CEQA process, including the CEQA project entitlement and permitting process; as well as provides defense in CEQA-related litigation. Ms. Empey has previously worked with public agencies regarding substantial litigation over the certification of Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and Notices of Exemption, and settlement of challenges to prospective projects.

Ms. Empey also advises clients on complex laws impacting public agencies, including environmental laws and regulations, Proposition 218 and 26, mitigation fees, land use approvals, statutory powers, and public contracts. Ms. Empey has experience advising public agencies and private clients on the complex federal, state and local laws and regulations governing medicinal and recreational cannabis, including the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) and related agency regulations, and regularly drafts local ordinances, resolutions and policies for public agencies regulating commercial cannabis activities.

In addition, Ms. Empey assists in defense of lawsuits alleging discrimination, harassment and retaliation, wage and hour claims, including PAGA and class actions, as well as ADA violations.

Location

Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP

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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-385 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Slovak Baron Empey Murphy & Pinkney LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Legal Intern
  • Communities for a Better Environment
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Legal Aid Foundation Of Los Angeles
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • California Attorney General's Office
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • Loyola Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Univ of California Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sierra Club v. CVCC et al
  • Settlement Reached
  • AMH V, LLC v. Porter (Salton Community Services District)
  • Client Prevailed

Associations

  • Leadership Coachella Valley
  • Alumni Council
  • 2015 - Present
  • Warren Slaughter-Richard Roemer Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Leadership Coachella Valley
  • Class of 2015
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Loyola Law School Environmental Law Society
  • Speaker Chair
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Loyola Law School Environmental Moot Court Team
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Loyola Law School Environmental Law Society
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyer-Land Use and Environment
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyer-Land Use and Environment
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2018
  • 40 Under Forty
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2018
  • Top Lawyer-Land Use and Environment
  • Palm Springs Life Magazine
  • 2017
  • Certificate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • City of La Quinta City Council
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • California State Senate
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • City of Cathedral City City Council
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • Riverside County Board of Supervisors
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • Palm Desert City Council
  • 2015
  • Certifcate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • City of Indio
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • United States House of Representatives
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Recognition-Leadership Coachella Valley
  • California State Assembly
  • 2015
  • Best Brief: Defendant/Appellee
  • National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Accomplishment: Environmental Law
  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles
  • 2013
  • Certificate of Appreciation
  • Loyola Law School Environmental Law Society
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katelyn is a promising attorney who posesses the intellect, work ethic, attention to detail, and drive for a suberb career. No matter what subject matter in the area of our firm's civil practice, Katelyn attacks it with the same level of dedication and care. Katelyn is an excellent part of our team."
Environmental and natural resources Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katelyn is an intelligent, dedicated, and hard-working attorney, with a true interest in Environmental Law. I have known Katelyn since law school, where her passion for Environmental Law lead her to pursue a concentration in the area and to become an active member of the Environmental Law Society. Katelyn is also a talented litigator, and I am honored to have her as a colleague."
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Palm Springs Litigation Lawyer Katelyn Kathleen Empey
Katelyn Kathleen Empey
Litigation Attorney
Palm Springs, CA
Licensed for 10 years