Licensed to practice since 2003, Katherine litigates trials (representing both plaintiffs and defendants) and practices in a wide variety of areas, including: administrative law, government law, contract law, business associations, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, family law, debtor protection, estate planning, probate administration, and real estate transactions, among others. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois, and practices from her Belleville, Illinois law office on West Main Street.
Katherine has over thirty years of experience in the financial and legal industries. She has owned and operated multiple successful small businesses and was a management consultant for Fortune 500 Companies.
With regard to Katherine's formal education, Katherine has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, a Master of Business Administration graduate degree, and a law degree.
Katherine believes that everyone in our community has fundamental constitutional rights that shouldn't be infringed upon. She works diligently to uphold these rights.
Katherine serves as a voice for many oft-overlooked populations (e.g. seniors, veterans, children, and people with special needs). In her work as a senior legal advocate, she fights to protect seniors from financial exploitation, physical abuse, and negligence. Katherine assists individuals and their families respond to the challenges of aging, long-term illness, and disability. This advocacy helps seniors and people with disabilities retain the highest level of independence possible, while aging with dignity.
Katherine represents veterans, at no cost, to make sure they obtain the VA benefits that they are entitled to. In some cases, she serves as guardian for those veterans who have no family to care for them.
Katherine believes it's our duty to serve others and has demonstrated this principle from early on. As a law school student Katherine was a nonpaid volunteer teaching inner city public school students to respect the law through legal and civics education, has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and serves as a legal resource for AARP and other senior groups protecting the rights of seniors and people with disabilities. Katherine is working on her twelfth year as a VA accredited attorney advocating for veterans and their families.
Katherine recently completed her term of elected Village of Swansea Trustee. In her role as trustee she dealt regularly with the review and amendment of Village contracts and agreements, union negotiations and resulting contracts, Village litigation issues, Village debt servicing, legal issues related to personnel and independent contractors, and overall Village administration.
Katherine advocates for accountable and transparent government, and believes that too many elected public officials have lost sight of who they are ultimately reporting to - which is us, "We the People".
You'll often find Katherine knocking on doors and participating in other events in furtherance of both local and national issues.
Prior to becoming a judicial candidate, for several years Katherine served as a Republican Precinct Committeeman. In this role Katherine worked diligently with citizens and organizations to make our laws more fair and just. In keeping entrenched career politicians from losing sight of the reason that they hold office, we're able to make them more accountable and responsive to the public's interest.
Katherine has been a zealous advocate of standing up for "We the People"... who are often quickly forgotten in Illinois government.
She's not afraid to stand up for what's right, challenge the status quo, and has demonstrated this repeatedly.
Katherine worked full-time in law school, mother of four, while caring for her family, and has the strongest moral and work ethic. From challenging powerful and entrenched career politicians to protesting unfair taxes, Katherine stands up for us and our community.
Katherine is actively involved in her community and believes that community is much more than a defined geographical area on a map. Believing a community is the relationship we have with others and our feelings about one another, Katherine promotes neighbors helping neighbors. She's concerned about our community's tenuous relationship with our courts, and advocates for greater transparency and responsiveness.
If elected, Katherine will work diligently to encourage community dialogue with the Fifth District Appellate Court. Increased responsiveness and transparency will improve the Court's relationship with our community, making the court more fair and just for all who appear there. Keeping justice strong in southern Illinois is Katherine's highest priority.
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