Kaitlyn was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. During her childhood, her mother shared with her an interest the law. They spoke about true crime cases, SCOTUS decisions, and watched Law and Order together. Early in life, she decided to be a lawyer because that was what her mother wanted to do herself.
"I applied to 40 colleges, finally settling on George Mason University because it is close to D.C. I wanted to get into politics, so I knew I wanted to live close to D.C."
She graduated from Mason in December 2017 with a degree in Criminology, Law, and Society. She received the Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award because she had the highest GPA of her graduating class.
She is a published researcher with two articles in undergraduate publications. One research paper is a year-long study of alcohol abuse and violence in Arlington. Another paper was a study into the violence at the Anacostia metro station. She completed this research with the help of Metro Police.
After college, she thought she wanted to work at a government agency or a big law firm. Quickly, she realized that the culture at big law firms is stifling.
"I didn't like the feel of big law firms. The requirements for the job were set in stone, and I didn't have any input."
When she interviewed at BenGlassLaw, she immediately saw that our office was very different.
"James and Charley asked me thought-provoking questions. It was clear that my input would be valued here."
Kaitlyn said that she is encouraged to learn at BenGlassLaw.
"James doesn't treat me like an assistant. He teaches me about the practice of law, how to interact with clients, draft documents and court filings. I love it. I feel I can grow here."
When she is not helping James Abrenio, she is the color guard coach at McLean High School. Her program is the largest color guard program in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She spends a lot of her free time working with the 60 students on her team.
Kaitlyn calls herself a "closeted eco-freak." She grows vegetables in her home, hand washes and sews her own clothes. She makes all her dresses and buys clothes from Goodwill and alters them to fit her.
Her mother is her hero and best friend. Her mother taught her to be resilient. "She taught me that it is not about the obstacles that are thrown at you, it is about your resiliency in handling them." She visits her family in Chicago often and plans to make several trips to Illinois this Summer.
We are so happy to have Kaitlyn on our team. When you bring your case to BenGlassLaw she will be working tirelessly on your case.