​Katie represents regulated financial services companies, including community banks, in formation, capital planning, growth strategies, corporate governance, and regulatory matters, with an emphasis in the organization of new banks and bank holding companies.

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Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 1998-2017
  • Fellow, American Bar Association Foundation
  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Past President, Tennessee Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Nashville Bar Association Foundation
  • Past President, Center for Non-profit Management
  • Past Instructor, Nashville School of Law, 1990-2015
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Top 50 Women: Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2014
    • Top 100: Tennessee Super Lawyers, 2007
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Banking, 2007-2019
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Banking and Finance: Regulatory – Tennessee, 2014-2019
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Education & Honors

  • Nashville School of Law, J.D., 1983
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1967


  • Represented organizers of more than 25 de novo commercial banks and trust companies in the Southeast.
  • Represented organizers of Tennessee business and industrial development corporations (BIDCOs)
  • Advisor to community banks and other financial services companies regarding regulatory supervisory actions
  • Advisor to community banks regarding capital planning, business strategy, geographic expansion, and new product development
  • Advisor to community banks and other financial services companies on the development of required policies and procedures

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Foreclosing on Meth Houses: Buyer Beware,” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 55, No. 8, August 2019. 
  • Presenter, "What's My Job Anyways?" Bank Director Training Day, Barrett Conference Center of Tennessee Banker's Association, Nashville, TN, May 1, 2015.
  • Author, “Circuits Split on Definition of ‘Applicant,’” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 50, No. 12, December 2014.
  • Presenter, “The Butchers of Banking,” Justice Ray L. Brock – Robert E. Cooper American Inns of Court, Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 9, 2014.
  • Author, “The History of Money – from Cows to Bitcoin,” Tennessee Bar Journal, July 2014.
  • Author, “Congratulations! It’s a Merger!” Tennessee Bar Journal, Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2014.
  • Author, “The New Outlaws – Cybercriminals,” Tennessee  Bar Journal, Vol. 50, No. 4, March 2014.
  • Presenter, Kraft CPAs Bankers Brew, “Brewing up Deals,” November 5, 2013.
  • Author, “Bank Robbers, Bandits, Hollywood, and Fraudsters,” Tennessee Bar Journal, May 2013.
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