Katie's work as a Special Needs Planning attorney evolved from her early background in Estate Planning Law, as she began to represent families who had loved ones with special needs. After then becoming a Mom to her son John (who has special needs) in 2009, she decided to devote her legal career to empowering families in the special needs community. Katie does this by guiding parents through the decisions they face as their child grows and reaches certain milestone years and life events, and offering options to address each challenge along the way. Katie has built a robust network with other professionals in the special needs community so she can connect her clients to the other unique resources they need without delay. Her approach to Special Needs Planning is forward-thinking, all-encompassing, and always with a parent's perspective and deep compassion.
Katie is a Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners. Prior to starting Clancy & Associates, Ltd. in 2001, Katie was an associate with the Chicago law firms of McDermott, Will & Emery, and Drinker Biddle. Katie also completed two internships with The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Katie was a judicial extern for Federal Judge Ronald Guzman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Katie is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Wyoming.
Katie earned her law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago with a Concentration in Benefits Law from the School’s Masters of Law Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana.
In her spare time, Katie loves to hike in the mountains with her husband, son, and yellow labrador retriever, read, play tennis as a member of USTA, Division 3 NITTL, and the US Masters Swimming Association. Her favorite “lawyer” movies are “A Few Good Men”, “Adam’s Rib”, and though not really a lawyer movie, “Shawshank Redemption.”
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