Kate is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.  She joined the firm in 2022 after over four years of hands-on civil litigation experience at another Norfolk firm, which took her across the Commonwealth in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate court levels.

LAW SCHOOL

Kate received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary.  While in law school, Kate served as a Legal Practice Fellow, Managing Editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Chair of the Student Division of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law, and Associate Justice on the Honor Council.  She also interned with the Honorable Roderick C. Young in the Richmond Federal Court and the Norfolk Public Defender’s Office.  Upon graduation, Kate was awarded the Legal Practice Scholar Award, Dean’s Certificate, and Law School Public Service Certificate.

BEFORE LAW SCHOOL

Kate was raised in a small town in Upstate New York near the lower edge of the Adirondack Mountains.  She graduated summa cum laude from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, where she double majored in Political Science and Legal Studies.  While at St. John Fisher, Kate served as Pre-Law Association President, Mock Trial Team Coordinator/Captain, Code of Conduct Committee Representative, and the Director of Tour Coordination.  She spent her final semester interning at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington D.C.

AFTER LAW SCHOOL

After law school, Kate served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable David W. Lannetti and Michelle J. Atkins in the Norfolk Circuit Court.  She went on to work for another Norfolk law firm where she gained significant experience in litigation and trial strategy.  Kate has taken numerous motions hearings and trials to successful outcomes in federal and state courts and has submitted extensive briefings in appellate and trial courts across the Commonwealth, all while keeping an eye out for prompt resolution of the matter for her clients.

LITIGATION STRATEGY

Kate has a passion for the strategy of litigation.  Her experience working for judges and litigating a high number of cases in her first few years of practice allows Kate to take an individualized approach to each case she works on.  No two cases are the same, so they should not be treated the same.  With an eye toward the finer details of a case, she believes that you can optimize the outcomes.

IN HER FREE TIME

In her free time, Kate frequently finds herself looking for new ways to serve her colleagues and the community.  She currently serves as Young Lawyers Chair of the Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association and the Treasurer of the Larchmont Edgewater Civic League.  Additionally, Kate was recently elected to serve on the Board of The Planning Council.  She is also a member of the James Kent American Inn of Court.

When she is not working or volunteering her time, you might see Kate running in a race around Hampton Roads or just running in her favorite neighborhoods in Norfolk.  She also enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Ben, and their three energetic dogs: Murphy, Ellie, and Jack.