Katie Clary was born and raised in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. During high school she was varsity cheerleading captain, class president and won the title of Junior Miss representing Menomenee Falls in her state’s pageant. Ms. Clary graduated Summa Cum Laude from Queen’s University where she earned her degree in business administration and was a Ginter fellow. After a career in national sales and marketing with AT&T, Ms. Clary attended Wake Forest Law. During law school, Ms. Clary was a member of the Wake Law National Moot Court team where she participated in and won the national finals in New York. In the national competition, she was named “Best Oralist” for Outstanding Oral Advocacy. Upon her graduation from law school in 2001, Ms. Clary received the Cali Award for her trial and advocacy skills.
Ms. Clary has had a wide variety of experience in criminal defense. Most recently, she served as a Mecklenburg County assistant public defender in the Misdemeanor Unit where she successfully managed average caseloads of more than one hundred clients and one hundred fifty cases. She was quickly recognized as a strong litigator and came to be known as a compassionate advocate. Notable cases include one in which Ms. Clary assisted attorney Mark Foster in a high profile federal white collar fraud case which resulted in their client to be the only defendant in the multi-defendant case to be fully acquitted at trial of all charges against him.
Ms. Clary is married to Russell Clary and together they are the proud parents of two daughters. In her spare time she enjoys time with her family, running and reading.
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