Katharine is currently serving her first term as a Vice President of the USA chapter of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IALF). The IAFL is "a worldwide association of practicing lawyers who are recognized by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries" (http://www.iafl.com/).
Katharine has over 18 years of experience in family law including in the areas of custody, division of property / marital assets, determination of spousal and child support, and negotiation of complex settlement agreements.
In addition to being a Fellow of the IAFL, Katharine is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML). Katharine has regularly been selected as a both a "Super Lawyer" in the Super Lawyers publication as well as a "Top Lawyer" in the area of family law by Northern Virginia Magazine. Katharine has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in the field of family law by Virginia Business Magazine and she has received the top rating possible, "Superb, 10 out of 10" from the AVVO ratings website.
Katharine was first published in 2004 when she authored an article for the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Thereafter, Katharine and her law partner Julie Gerock co-authored the Virginia chapter for an international family law treatise. Katharine has also been published by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers on the topic of parent-child alienation in the context of family law cases. Most recently, Katharine was again published in the Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association on the topic of relocation of children in custody matters.
Katharine has been featured and/or quoted in articles about family law in Northern Virginia Magazine, the National Law Journal and USA Today.
Katharine has presented at various legal conferences both domestically and internationally on a host of topics including processing divorces in Virginia, the Virginia rules of evidence, enforcement of custody orders and related remedies, application of the Uniform Child Custody and Enforcement Act, relocation of children (domestic and international), and litigating parent-child alienation matters. Katharine has also co-organized and moderated two symposiums on the Hague Convention of the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, one in New York City and one in Quebec City.
Katharine received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor (with Honors) from The George Washington University, where she served as the Chairperson of the Law School Academic Integrity Committee.