Katie joined the Fenelli Law Firm in December 2005. She focuses her practice in the areas of Estate Planning and Trust Administration. Katie takes pride in helping her clients plan out the distribution of their estate while living, and guiding the surviving spouse and family through the emotionally difficult journey of administering the Trust after the death of a loved one. Katie’s compassion for others, gentle demeanor and lively personality are some of the many attributes that our clients appreciate about her.
Prior to her legal education, Katie attended the University of San Diego and graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology in 2002. She then attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2005. Katie obtained her LL.M, Masters in Taxation, from Chapman University School of Law in 2013 where she was awarded the CALI Award for Income Tax for Trusts, Estates, and Beneficiaries.
Katie, her husband, and her two step-sons, live in Huntington Beach. They love spending time at the beach, paddling, surfing, and going to the mountains where her stepsons can snowboard. Katie loves to travel and her favorite countries visited include New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Greece and England.
"I have been asked why I became an attorney. My goal was to help people so I initially wanted to be a psychologist. However, while at USD, I registered for a Business Law course and immediately took to the legal aspect of the class. I was given great advice that I could combine the psychological aspect and the legal aspect as an estate planning attorney. After passing the Bar in 2005 and joining the Firm, I realized that I had made the right choice for myself. My favorite part of my job is meeting and getting to know my clients and their family dynamics and help them determine what their goals and wishes are for their future."