Modrall Sperling Law Firm

Katalina Elizabeth Hadfield


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Katalina Elizabeth Hadfield practices in the firm’s Natural Resources and Litigation departments. She specializes in assisting clients with a wide range of environmental issues, including: public lands disputes; cultural and historic resource regulatory hurdles; hazardous waste management; animal legal issues; state and federal environmental permitting; water rights and quality issues; nuclear power; Native American legal matters; and adjudicatory, rulemaking, and legislative matters.

Katalina grew up on the foothills of the Organ Mountains outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico. She earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in Cultural Anthropology and Psychology, with a focus in Environmental Anthropology and Political Ecology. After working in social science research and writing for three years, she earned her J.D. from Berkeley Law. She also earned Certificates in Environmental Law, Energy & Clean Technology Law, and Public Interest & Social Justice Law.

While in law school, Katalina served as Editor-in-Chief of Ecology Law Quarterly, founder of the Animal Legal Defense Fund of Berkeley Law, co-leader of Animal Legal Advocates, and co-leader of Queer Caucus. Katalina served as a student attorney in the Berkeley Environmental Law Clinic, working with Native American groups on nuclear energy permitting issues and federal tribal recognition. She also gained experience as a summer extern at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, and as a summer associate at Alston & Bird in San Francisco, where she worked on a wide variety of natural resources issues, including air rights, toxic waste cleanup, and public lands access.

When she is not practicing law, Katalina enjoys stargazing, cross-stitching, watching bad movies, and spending time with her kitties, Algernon and Onion.


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 2023. Certificates in Environmental Law, Energy & Clean Technology Law, and Public Interest & Social Justice Law

Duke University, B.A. in Cultural Anthropology & Psychology, with distinction, 2017

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New Mexico