Hosch & Morris, PLLC

Kathryne (Kate) M. Morris


Kate Morris

(214) 306-8980, ext. 101


Kathryne (Kate) M. Morris is a co-founding member of the firm and acts as the firm’s Chief Privacy Officer.

Emerging and mature companies and firms across many industries rely on Kate for pragmatic privacy and data protection advice in connection with their privacy-by-design, information governance and compliance initiatives, including in e-commerce and outsourcing transactions, and in mergers and acquisitions where technology, privacy and data protection issues are critical.  Kate is triple certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional —United States (CIPP/US) and Europe (CIPP/E), and a certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).

With expertise in providing counsel on global privacy laws and data security, Kate helps clients not only assess the privacy impacts of their operations, including their decisions to outsource, but also to manage the associated privacy and information security risks. In this regard, Kate assists with privacy impact assessments, procurement and due diligence, and otherwise supports business deals by structuring, negotiating, drafting and closing a wide variety of commercial transactions involving technology, the Internet and intellectual property (e.g. privacy policies, terms of use, end user license agreements for websites and mobile applications, and licensing and services agreements).

In addition to her privacy and technology transactions practice, Kate has significant experience in handling complex commercial disputes, including disputes over software licensing, fraud, breaches of commercial contracts and covenants not to compete, among other issues and claims. 

Kate is a director on the Board of Directors of the Dallas Bar Association (DBA), the DBA Community Service Fund, and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association.  She is an advocate and volunteer for the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, and in particular, the Justice Forever Fund (formerly known DVAP Endowment). Kate also serves on the Cary Council of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. In addition, she is a frequent speaker and writer on technology issues related to evolving privacy and data protection laws, international data transfers, electronic discovery, document retention and preservation, social media, and legal ethics.


Juris Doctor, 2008

B.A., magna cum laude, 2001

Admissions & Certifications

  • Texas

  • U.S. District Ct., N.D. of Texas

  • U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas

  • U.S. District Ct., E.D. of Texas

  • U.S. District Ct., W.D. of Texas

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals — Certified Information Privacy Professional: United States (CIPP/US), Europe (CIPP/E) through the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)


  • Presidential Citation, Dallas Bar Association (November 2018)

  • Named D Magazine Best Lawyers in Dallas (2018, 2019)

  • Mentor of the Year Award, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (2018)

  • Named Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star by Thomson Reuters (2014-2018)

  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow

  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, Fellow

  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Professional & Community Service

Dallas Women Lawyers Association:

  • Board of Directors (2017-2019)

  • DWLA/DAYL Mentoring Circles Program, Co-Chair (2019), Mentor (2016-2019)

Dallas Bar Association:

  • Board of Directors (2016-2019)

  • Transition to Law Practice Program, Mentor (2014-2019), Chair (2015, 2016)

  • Morris Harrell Professionalism Committee, Board Liaison (2018), Co-Chair (2015), Co-Vice-Chair (2014)

  • Science & Technology Section, Treasurer (2019), Board Liaison (2018, 2019)

  • Admissions & Membership Committee, Co-Vice Chair (2019)

  • Legal Line, Co-Vice Chair & Board Liaison (2019)

  • Legal Ethics Committee, Board Liaison (2016, 2018)

  • Campaign for Equal Access to Justice, Co-Chair (2018-2019), Co-Vice Chair (2017)

  • Franchise and Distribution Section, Board Liaison (2016)

DBA Community Service Fund, Board of Directors (2018, 2019)

Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, Barrister (2015-2018)

William "Mac" Taylor American Inn of Court, Barrister

The Cary Council, Southwestern Medical Foundation, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Charter Member, Steering Committee, Member, Recruiting Committee, Co-Chair

Dallas Women's Foundation, Grants Review Committee (2015, 2016)

Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Leadership Class (2012)


  • Creating a Meaningful Legacy Through Mentoring, Panelist, DWLA/DAYL Mentoring Circles Program (January 2019)

  • GDPR and New Cyber Horizons in 2018, Today’s General Counsel Institute (November 2018).

  • Ethics in Cybersecurity,  Today’s General Counsel Institute (November 2018).

  • Data Protection and Privacy: A New Look At "Private Banking", Southwest Association of Bank Counsel (November 2018).

  • Technology Competence  & Data Protection in Litigation: A sit-down talk about ethics and privacy for stand-up lawyers, Dallas Bar Association, Trial Skills Section (October 2018)

  • Data Protection Ethics: A Different Kind of Dirt Law, Dallas Bar Association, Real Estate Section (October 2018)

  • Data Protection 2018-2020: Achieving Compliance When You Don’t Have Enough Time, Budget, or Management Attention, Texas General Counsel Forum – Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter (September 2018)

  • Privacy and Data Protection 101, Dallas Paralegal Association (September 2018)

  • Data Protection Update, State Bar of Texas (August 2018)

  • Collecting and Reviewing Due Diligence, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers' Deal Boot Camp (August 2018)

  • Privacy, the GDPR, and You: A Practical Approach, Fort Worth IT Symposium (August 2018)

  • Secrets of Success: What I Wish I'd Known as a Younger Lawyer, Dallas Bar Association (June 2018)

  • Exploring the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence, Dallas Bar Association (May 2018)

  • Ethics Jeopardy!, Dallas Bar Association (March 2018)

  • Lawyers in Cyberspace: A Survey of Ethics in Data Security, Dallas Bar Association (February 2018)

  • Vendors & Data Breaches: Your Partners are also Security Threats, Strasburger Business & Law Forum (November 2017)

  • Coming Out of Shadow IT: Lighting Up Data Security, Texas Association of Bank Counsel (September 2017)

  • All Things Data Privacy, Dallas LGBT Association (May 2017)

  • Business Legalities: Focus on IT Outsourcing, US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Annual Global Fusion Summit (April 2017)

  • Twenty Things I Wish I Knew As a Young Lawyer, Dallas Bar Association (March 2017)

  • Social Media and Cybersecurity in the Workplace, Texas Society for Healthcare Human Resources Annual Conference (November 2016)

  • The Proof is in the Pudding, Dallas Young Lawyers Association (September 2016)

  • Tech Talk: Data Privacy and Security, Texas Housing Authority Conference (August 2016)

  • eDiscovery 2015 Federal Rules Changes, State Bar of Texas (May 2016)

  • Hot Stuff: An Update on Data Security and Privacy, Strasburger Business & Law Forum (May 2016)

  • Legal Obligations and Student Safety in the Virtual World, Region 10 Education Law Forum (March 2016)

  • The Proof is in the Pudding, Dallas Young Lawyers Association (September 2015)

  • Ethical Issues in Social Media, 37th Annual Advanced Real Estate Course, State Bar of Texas (July 2015)

  • Welcome to the Practice of Law, Transition to Law Practice Program, Dallas Bar Association (February 2015)


  • Co-author, Privacy Risk in Outsourcing, Texas Lawyer (January 2019)

  • A Privacy Law Heard Around the World, Scotsman Guide (November 2018)

  • Data Protection Update, State Bar of Texas (August 2018)

  • Privacy, Data Protection and the Lack Thereof, State Bar of Texas, Advanced Administrative  Law Seminar (June 2018)

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Weighs In On Online Investigative Research, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (March 2018)

  • SEC Updates Guidance on Cybersecurity Disclosures, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (February 2018)

  • The CFPB Issues First Data Security Consent Order, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (April 2016)

  • FTC Scrutinizes Payment Card Data Security, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (March 2016)

  • FTC Loses Data Security Case, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (November 2015)

  • Co-author. High-Tech Tools for New World Problems, Texas Lawyer. Subscription required. (October 2015)

  • Federal Trade Commission Given Power to Police Cybersecurity, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (August 2015)

  • Mitigating Damages in the Wake of Another Marriott Data Breach, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (April 2015)

  • Jim Cowles Selected for 2015 DBF Fellows Justinian Award, Dallas Bar Association Headnotes: ADR/Trial Skills (February 2015)

  • President Obama Issues CyberSecurity Information Sharing Executive Order, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (February 2015)

  • Swipe Out! Chip 'n' PIN In, Strasburger Intellectual Property Law Blog (December 2014)

  • Recasting Shareholder Oppression Claims in Texas - Ritchie v. Rupe, Strasburger Trial & Error: Tips For Trial Lawyers Blog (June 2014)