Catie received her undergraduate degree at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota in Legal Studies and Criminology in addition to completing her paralegal certificate.
Prior to her undergraduate schooling, Catie lived in central Minnesota where she was a competitive swimmer, talented clarinetist, and very involved with her school’s sign language program. Catie continued her love for the clarinet throughout college and through her move to Colorado; she has been playing for over 13 years and is classically trained, but dabbles in jazz studies as well. During her time at Hamline University, she enjoyed being active in many campus organizations, holding multiple legal internships, and working as a student leader in various departments.
Catie moved to Colorado in August of 2018 to pursue job opportunities and enjoy the change of scenery and experience a mild winter for the first time. Though new to Colorado, she has explored many miles of what this great state has to offer, and has loved every moment.
Catie provides excellent customer service to her personal injury clients and excels at research, investigation, problem-solving, and legal writing.
In her free time, Catie loves to play with her dog Franky and visit as many different dog parks as possible. She also loves to read, tackle number puzzles like Sudoku, and play card games. She has two decks of cards on her at all times. Catie also loves to attend baseball games when she can. While the Minnesota Twins will always have a special place in her heart, Catie is learning to love the Rockies as well.
Q & A to Catie:
1. What made you decide to become a paralegal?
I have known I was interested in law since the sixth grade when I watched Legally Blonde for the first time. Pairing my love for Elle Woods and my passion for helping people, it seemed like a perfect fit, and my interest and passion never faded. Fast forward to undergrad, and I found my successes in legal writing and research. This, and the program that my university offered, helped to shape my interest in becoming a paralegal. The fact that I get to assist great people in helping other great people, is something that makes me feel amazing.
2. What made you decide to work for FWI?
When I moved to Colorado, FWI stood out to me as a great potential place to grow and help others. The small firm feel is something that is really important to me; I love being able to have a connection with each client and the attorneys. Immediately, upon walking into FWI, you feel welcomed and heard – not like a case number – everyone here values each and every client and works hard to ensure they receive the outcome they are striving for. Though I am new to the office, I feel as though I can call FWI home.
3. What made you want to make Colorado your home?
I knew I wanted to move out of Minnesota when I finished my undergraduate schooling, but I was not sure where I wanted to go. I had a few places in mind, and reached out to those around me who had been to the different states and ultimately decided that Colorado was the best fit for my lifestyle. I love to be outdoors, and the beautiful scenery here is never at a shortage. So far, Colorado has been everything I have hoped for and then some!