Katie Harrell was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia. The Outer Banks was part of her childhood and she relocated here in July of 2009. Katie graduated from James Madison University cum laude in 2003 with a degree in Public Administration and Political Science. In 2008, she earned her Juris Doctor from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Katie enjoyed living in Washington, D.C. and studying abroad while she earned her law degree.
Katie’s legal background is diverse and spans both national and international law. She is licensed to practice law in both the Commonwealth of Virginia and the State of North Carolina. Before becoming a licensed attorney, Katie served as a legal assistant before the United Nations International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. She also served as a law clerk for Greenspun Shapiro in Fairfax, Virginia as litigation support on several high-profile criminal defense cases, including manslaughter, capital murder and 9/11 military commission trials.
After relocating to the Outer Banks from Washington, D.C., Katie broadened her legal skills and delved into civil litigation. She was in private practice for a few years before joining the Dare County Clerk of Court’s office as an Assistant Clerk. Her role for the Clerk’s office involved presiding over estate and special proceeding cases pursuant to the Clerk’s judicial power. Katie specialized in adult guardianships, adoptions, name changes, sales of incompetent’s property, legitimations, land partitions, and probate and administration of estates.
Katie is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association, the First Judicial District Bar, and the Virginia State Bar. She is also an avid dog lover and has two Labrador Retrievers, Scout and Izzy Mae.