Katherine Smith Dedrick is an attorney, arbitrator, author, speaker, and mother. Katherine has litigated in federal and state courts throughout the US and was one of the first women appointed to the management committee of a large, national law firm. Initially earning a degree in business from Arizona State University, Katherine then received her law degree with high honors from ITT Chicago Kent College of Law, before earning an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Deviant Agendas: A Victoria Rodessa Legal Thriller (Book One of The V-Files)

Meet Victoria Rodessa. Smart, sassy and driven, Victoria just graduated from one of the country’s top law schools and joined the international firm of Acker, Smith & McGowen. When Victoria lands a prized assignment vital to the ambitions of the firm’s powerful partners, she sets out to become the first woman to join their ranks. But behind closed doors, deviant agendas are at work. With only her intellect and guts to guide her, Victoria confronts a perfect storm of misogyny, lies and criminal intent. If she follows her conscience, she could lose everything. But keeping silent could come at an even higher cost. 

“Sometimes you just need reminding that a strong woman can also be heartfelt, funny, smart and darned appealing - and, most of all! HUMAN - and in Victoria Rodessa you find an example that is very easy to relate to. Katherine's book not only gives us a new and great character but a wonderful picture of an amazing city I am delighted to be learning more and more about - Great protagonist in a great setting. Get the book - you will have a wonderful time!” Amazon Review 

“I loved the characters. They seemed all too real. I loved the fast pace of the plot and didn't feel I missed a thing. Entertaining and positive. Gives hope and encouragement to an all too real issue of our society. I love the Go Get 'em ....attitudes and actions. Looking for the next Deviant Agendas. Get this book!!! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Definitely a Good Read!” Amazon Review 


Private Agendas: A Victoria Rodessa Legal Thriller (Book Two of The V-Files)

Blackmail. Sex trafficking. Kidnapping. This time Victoria is in danger of having her life destroyed by the private agendas of the powerful and corrupt. Obsessed with growing her law firm and meting out justice to the partners who fired her on trumped up charges, Victoria and her friends are on a hunt for evidence to prove her innocence. Desperate and frustrated, they concoct a last-minute plan that pulls strings in Bangkok, Hong Kong and Chicago. Will it work?  

“Read both books over a long weekend. I love legal thrillers, and these two so much because they are told from a smart professional woman’s perspective. While works of fiction, the conflicts and obstacles facing the protagonists reflect real life experience. The author—as a professional woman litigator—imbues her characters and storyline with unique depth because she lived those challenges and succeeded.” Amazon Review 


The 10 Things

I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me

The 10 Things are offered to motivate, empower and inspire women in their movement forward. Katherine wrote the book in an effort to help other women avoid the pitfalls along the way and pivot to a better and more energized path. The 10 Things offers insight on networking, finding your inspiration, motivating groups, and learning to recognize and market your assets.  

“In parallel vignettes she solidly teaches women to trust their gut instincts and demand their due. A perfect combination of tough and tender.” Beverly A. Grall, Ph.D. 

“The 10 Things … will change the way you look at your life and how to manage the many hurdles most women face throughout their lives and careers.” Melissa Giovagnoli, Author of 12 books including Networlding, a top-ten Amazon book for one year. 

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