Katie McClellan is an Associate at the firm. Katie is an experienced litigator and trial attorney who focuses her practice on all types of family law matters, including dissolutions, child custody and support, parentage, modifications of existing family law orders, and domestic violence protection orders. Katie has significant experience practicing child welfare law, including representing parents and children in dependency, guardianship, and termination proceedings and navigating investigations of abuse and neglect allegations by Child Protective Services.

Prior to joining Skellenger Bender, Katie practiced family defense with the King County Department of Public Defense for eleven years; she was a family defense supervising attorney for more than seven years. Before moving to the Seattle area in 2011, Katie lived in Chicago. Katie was an attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago (now named Legal Aid Chicago), where she practiced in the areas of child welfare, family, and housing law. In Chicago, Katie also worked Kirkland & Ellis, LLP after graduating law school.

Katie received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and her B.A. from Duke University. Katie also received a Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Child and Family Law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Memberships & Affiliations:
Washington State Bar Association
Illinois State Bar

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, LLM. Program in Child and Family Law, 2006
The University of Michigan Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2004
Duke University, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 2001


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