Protecting and serving children and families is a longstanding commitment of Katie’s. She strongly advocates for clients when they are going through one of the most difficult times of life, and ensures that her clients goals are prioritized. Katie has a special interest in helping families with challenges that include complex property division, mental health issues (including personality disorders), and substance abuse issues.

Katie serves a wide range of clients from professionals to stay at home parents. Katie has unique experience involving cases where one or both spouses have a personality disorder. A patient listener and creative problem solver, she utilizes a goal-based, strategic approach with clients. Katie understands how emotionally charged divorce can be, and helps her clients stay grounded in making decisions that achieve their long-term interests. Whenever possible, Katie collaborates with clients and opposing parties to reach resolution without unnecessary litigation, and keep matters from escalating and adding cost and difficulty.

Children’s causes have been a passion of Katie’s since college, when she was a substitute teacher and mentored a child who was in foster care. While in law school she clerked for the Honorable Martha Tanner, 166th Judicial District Court, Bexar County. In addition to her law practice, Katie is a board member of Legacy Family Court Foundation which assists families that have had children removed because of addiction issues, promoting long-term sobriety and family reunification.

Areas of Practice

Published Works

  • Co-Author with Beth Maultsby, High Conflict Family Law Matters and Personality Disorders, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2013
  • Direct and Cross of a Tracing Expert, Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2016
  • Direct and Cross of a Tracing Expert (including Characterization Issues), Advanced Family Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2017

Education

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2007
    • J.D., Law
  • Baylor University, 2004
    • B.A., Speech Communications

Presentations

  • “Tracing Demonstration”, Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association, Advanced Family Law on a Shoestring, 2017
  • “Tracing Demonstration”, 43rd Annual Course Advanced Family Law, 2017
  • Co-Presenter with Laurel Arnold Clement, Taking Notes and Testifying in Courts, Dallas Metro Counseling Association, 2010
  • Co-Presenter with Laurel Arnold Clement, “Legal and Ethical Issues Dealing with Divorced Families and Stepfamilies, Ethics Seminar for Dallas Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, 2009
  • Co-Presenter with Laurel Arnold Clement,  Eldorado, A Case Study:  Duties of an Attorney Ad Litem, Dallas Bar Association and North Dallas Bar Association, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine, 2018
  • Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Family Law, Woodward and White Press, 2018 – 2019
  • Selected to the Texas Rising Star list, Thomson Reuters, 2014 – 2018
  • Up-and-Coming 100: Texas Rising Stars List, Thomson Reuters, 2017 – 2018
  • Up-and-Coming 50: Women Texas Rising Stars List, Thomson Reuters, 2017 – 2018

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2007

Professional Associations

  • Annette Stewart American Inn of Court
    • Associate Member
  • Collaborative Divorce Texas (f/k/a Collaborative Law Institute of Texas)
    • Member
  • Collin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Collin County Young Lawyers Association
    • Member
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    • Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Family Law Section
    • Member
  • Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Member
  • Legacy Family Court Foundation
    • Grants Committee Chair

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