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.
While continuing to practice law, Katherine put her business knowledge to work and co-founded a claim management and insurance consulting firm that headquartered in the US and New Zealand. For more than three years, Katherine traveled between her home, New Zealand and Australia to get the New Zealand joint venture and headquarters established and operational.
Over the course of her career Katherine has litigated over 200 cases and consulted on international matters stemming from natural disasters. During this time, in addition to speaking throughout the US, she presented in Australia, Chile, Germany, Mexico and New Zealand, appearing on TVNZ and as a panel member at the New Zealand Insurance Council Conference. During these appearances she addressed many different topics including risk management for boards and corporations, cyber risks, insurance claims and coverage, disaster recovery, and business interruption.
Katherine has been a guest on numerous radio shows across the country to discuss her book on mentoring, networking and women in business, as well as the newest additions, her legal thriller novels. Additionally, Katherine has appeared on the podcast series Mind Over Matter and Networlding; during these episodes Katherine covered topics from entrepreneurship to mentoring, each driven by her business and philanthropic experiences.
Katherine continues to speak on topics she is passionate about, which include her new female protagonist book series, The V Files: Private Agendas and Deviant Agendas. Both legal thrillers star a relatable, driven lawyer, eager to join the ranks of power at an international firm. But behind closed doors deviant agendas are at work and Victoria confronts a perfect storm of misogyny, lies and criminal intent. These captivating and empowering novels are available now on Amazon.
In addition to practicing law, writing novels, being a speaker, arbitrator, and mediator, Katherine has won numerous awards. Katherine received the following prestigious awards, Business Insurance Woman to Watch, Women with a Vision Award, and the Mercedes Mentor Award. She is also the founder and Chair of Women for Achievement, a not for profit created to help young women reach their career goals by connecting them with mentors in their career of choice and providing scholarships for college.