A Birmingham, AL native, Kathy Rowell has her undergraduate and Master's degrees in history from the University of Alabama--Roll Tide Roll! Kathy then attended Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation from law school, Kathy moved to Miami, FL, and worked for Legal Services of Greater Miami as a public benefits attorney. Kathy later opened her own law office in Delray Beach where she primarily practiced family law and social security disability law.
In 2002, Kathy got hired as a senior attorney for the Department of Children and Families ("DCF") in Palm Beach County and met her husband. Kathy then moved to Chattanooga, TN to be closer to family and to work for the Department of Children's Services ("DCS") as an assistant general counsel. Since moving to Chattanooga, Kathy has practiced law in Hamilton, Bradley, Polk, Anderson, and Sequatchie Counties.
While working for DCS, Kathy became certified through the National Association of Counsel for Children ("NACC") as a Child Welfare Law Specialist and has received numerous appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem in Hamilton County Circuit, Juvenile, and Chancery Courts, where she advocates for the best interests of children in high conflict cases.
Kathy also has significant appellate and administrative law experience. Kathy successfully litigated a case against DCS in Bristol TN in 2018 in which DCS agreed to remove a respected principal's name from the TN abuse registry. Kathy also won a termination of parental rights case for her grandparent clients through writing a brief and making an oral argument at the Court of Appeals in Knoxville. Kathy also has criminal law experience with adult misdemeanor cases and juvenile delinquency cases.
Since 2015, Kathy has been designated as a Rule 31 listed Family Mediator by the Tennessee Supreme Court, and she has mediated a variety of family cases, including juvenile cases.
Some of Kathy's current community involvement includes the following:
- advisory board member for the Southeast Tennesee Lawyer's Association for Women (SETLAW)
- board member of the Tennessee Lawyer's Association for Women (TLAW),
- advisory board member for the Partnership Visitation Center
- member of the Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Associations.
- volunteer with Hamilton County Youth Court
Kathy is a rock and roll bass player and movie lover and the proud owner of three cats. Kathy and her husband hope to add a dog to the family one day.