For more than twenty-three years, Catherine has practiced law. Catherine began practicing law near St. Petersburg, representing the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration during their fledgling efforts to recover from estates in Florida for Medicaid liens. Since that time, she has been in practice here in Orlando. For the past fifteen years, she has had her own firm where she continues to focus her practice in the areas of probate, guardianship, estate planning and Special Needs Trusts.
Catherine was born in Jacksonville and raised here in central Florida, graduating from Lyman High School in Longwood. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, her Juris Doctor from Stetson University’s College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida and her Master of Laws in Transnational Business Practice from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.
She is a member of the Florida, Orange and Seminole County Bar Associations, the Central Florida Association of Women Lawyers, the Florida and National Elder Law Attorneys Associations as well as the Florida State Guardianship Association. Previously, she was a member of and served three terms as the Treasurer of the Volie A. Williams Inns of Court. She has also served as the President of the Central Florida chapter of Women in Insurance and Financial Services. She is a graduate of Leadership Seminole through the Seminole County Chamber of Commerce. After serving two terms as a member of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals and also on the Commuter Rail Task Force, she was most recently a member of the Code Enforcement Board for the city of Maitland. She was the Service Unit Manager for Girl Scouts in Maitland. She is co-leader for her daughters’ Junior and Cadets Girl Scout troops. She has been published many times in various legal publications as well as the Orlando Sentinel.
Low Down on the Law is a program that Catherine conceived, designed and implemented as a service to families of those with special needs. The program seeks to educate families about the law and help them to navigate the legal system so they can advocate on behalf of their family.
In 2010, Catherine received the Award of Excellence from the Orange County Legal Aid Society for her years of pro bono service to clients in Orange County. In 2016 she was honored as a Best Buddies Champion of the Year nominee.
Catherine, her husband, Scott, and their family, live in Maitland.