Mary Kathryn Willkens is Herrick's Manager, Practice Support. She oversees paralegal recruiting, training, staffing, and personnel issues in the firm's offices and advises as to matters regarding general practice support. Mary Kate has a seat on our Electronic Discovery Committee and Holdings Committee, and is a member of the International Practice Management Association. She has served as a peer advisor on trial preparation and off-site war room set-up and has advised high school and college students about preparation for careers in the legal field.
Mary Kate's career began in 2000 as a litigation paralegal at Wiley, Rein in Washington, D.C. At Wiley, Mary Kate's work for a major trade association of top insurance companies included serving as Chair for the Insurance Environmental Litigation Association's bi-annual Seminar in Hartford, Connecticut in 2001. In 2002, she joined Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York City, where she eventually became a Senior Litigation Legal Assistant. At Simpson Thacher, Mary Kate served as lead paralegal on a complex, multi-week securities trial in federal court (D. Del.), and later managed a major 9/11 litigation for several years. She joined Herrick in 2006.