Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Katherine is a graduate of FSU law school and has been admitted to the Florida Bar since 2001, she joined our firm in 2016. Katherine’s seventeen years of legal experience includes two years as a judicial intern, employment litigation, both defense and plaintiff, family law, wrongful death, civil rights violations and entertainment law. Most recently, she has developed a passion for the acceptance of medical marijuana and is working tirelessly to educate employers and change the perception and stigma for those employees that need and benefit from using a natural and non addictive method to alleviate conditions including, PTSD, pain management, gout, anxiety, side effects of cancer treatments, Parkinson’s and epilepsy to name a few.
Katherine has been on the Board of Directors with the Tallahassee Women Lawyers since 2011. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Angel Wings, Families in Crisis and Human Trafficking, working directly with Kathryn Griffin Townsend, a nationally recognized leader on the fight against human trafficking and Founder of Been There Done That. Katherine is committed to assisting at risk youth and since 2014 she has volunteered and serves as judge with the Teen Court, a diversion program focusing on assisting youth with minor drug and other offenses to find a more positive path. She has been a guest speaker at HOBY since 2015, an organization focusing on developing youth leadership skills and motivating change by personal involvement. She has been a guest on Law Call for Sexual Harassment and Ask Us Anything segments.
A mother of six and grandmother to three, she enjoys spending her spare time with her family, friends and animals including, horse Seattle, cat Stella, dogs Mara and Dino Martini, all courtesy of the local animal shelter, and the “mischievous” Coco-Loki, a gift from one of our staff, who often visits the firm and can be found playing with Peaches Ellis, attorney Adam Ellis’ dog. She also has a chinchilla, Oscar, and 7 “urban” chickens. A native of Tallahassee, her southern and Italian heritage lends itself to her love of cooking copious amounts of lasagna, vegetables from her home garden, homemade pies from local orchards and quiche- with the help of her chickens. Whenever possible she hits the road with her musician friends having a special preference for the musical styling of great George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, according to Katherine, “if funk music doesn’t make you move – you’re dead”. Marie refers to Katherine as our “resident comedienne”, and while she is serious and passionate about her work, she always enjoys a good laugh.
Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida – 2000
Florida State University B.S. – 1995