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Katherine E. Wendt

Grand Rapids

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Katie Wendt practices in the areas of litigation and appellate litigation. Prior to joining Smith Haughey, Katie worked as a Research Attorney at the Michigan Court of Appeals. There, she gained extensive experience in appellate work, conducted legal research in various areas of the law, and acquired an invaluable understanding of how to best advocate for her clients in the trial and appellate arenas.
Katie graduated from Grand Valley State University with a B.S., cum laude, in Political Science and earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law.  While pursuing her J.D., she completed the Trial Practice Institute at MSU College of Law, was the Senior Notes Editor on the Michigan State Law Review, and participated in a work-study internship at the Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Katie is originally from Canton, Michigan, and moved to Grand Rapids after law school.  Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and is an avid fan of Michigan State football and the Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions.  

Previous Experience

Research Attorney, Michigan Court of Appeals, Research Division (2014-2016)

Work-Study Intern, Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (2013)

Intern, Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender (2012)

Intern, FBB Federal Relations (2010)


  • Grand Valley State University (B.S. in Political Science, cum laude, 2011)  
  • Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2014)  


  • State Bar of Michigan, 2014
  • Western District of Michigan, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2018
  • Eastern District of Michigan, 2020

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