Name: Kate Graham
Phone Number: (952) 925-4147
Legal Assistant: Valerie Stedman
Focus Areas: Estate planning, long term care planning, medical assistance benefits, probate administration, guardianships and conservatorships.
Education: LL.M. – Agriculture and Food Law, University of Arkansas (degree expected by 2020); JD – William Mitchell College of Law; BA – American Studies, Carleton College.
Community Involvement: Collaborative Community Law Initiative, a mentoring and business development program for new lawyers; Boneshaker Books, a collectively-run bookstore and community meeting space promoting literacy, the arts, and social justice.
Those who know me well say I’m:
- Hardworking – I’m not afraid of complex and time-consuming challenges. Whether I’m helping you plan your children’s financial future or get access to the medical care you need, I’m always willing to go the extra mile.
- Loyal – As my client, you’ll have my full and constant support at all times. Your priorities become mine and you can be sure you’ll always come first.
- Empathetic – I’m able to put myself in your shoes and understand where you’re coming from. I care deeply about your well-being and am invested in making a positive difference in your life.
I chose to become an attorney because I knew going to law school would make me a more effective advocate for those in need. Clients come to me during difficult times – financially, physically or emotionally. They may have just been diagnosed with a serious illness, lost a family member or experienced a severe disability. Helping them sort through a maze of legal, emotional, financial and government benefit issues is a rewarding experience. Whenever I hear the words, “I’m so relieved – I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” I know I’ve chosen the right profession.
I believe that deep inside, we all know what we need. I listen to my clients to help them figure out what is best for them. And I help them put a plan in place to address that need.
I can take something complicated and make it simple. I think of myself as a teacher, explaining the legal system to my clients and their families.
My greatest accomplishment is succeeding in a summer internship on a rural farm in southeastern Minnesota. I went from a suburban lifestyle to living in a barn (literally). Life on a farm was physically exhausting and mentally taxing. It took me a while to catch on, but over the next several weeks I fell in love with the experience of living close to nature and following its rhythms. As a result, I developed a love and appreciation for gardening and all things related to agriculture.
I’m making a difference by helping people achieve peace of mind knowing that their affairs are in order, that they can afford the health care they need and that they have a plan in place to deal with health or disability issues.
Quote me: “Trust but verify.” I believe it’s important to look beneath the surface to uncover the right solution.
My next challenge is to go back to school for a Master of Laws degree in agriculture and food law.
On my bookshelf: Turn Here Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley.
Seven words that describe me: Advocate, friend, gardener, citizen, volunteer, outdoorsy, artisan.
One thing most people don’t know about me: My husband and I like to brew beer. When we meet, make sure to ask me about our Oatmeal Stout, Brown Ales, and IPAs.
When I’m not working, I enjoy gardening, camping, and spending time with my husband, dog, and two cats.