Kate has been an attorney for over 30 years, with 25+ years of experience in Family Law. She earned her Juris Doctorate Degree from Chicago Kent College of law, and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology. Kate is also working toward an LLM degree, a Masters of Law in Family Law at Chicago Kent College of Law, and is certified as a Family Mediator and as a Guardian Ad Litem, representing the needs of Children in Divorce and family conflict.
Kate started out as a Public Defender in Cook County in Felonies, and moved on to family law, helping adults and Children in Domestic Abuse situations. Kate and her husband opened an Aerospace Corporation and moved to California in the late 1980's. She continued with her work in Domestic Abuse while living out of State. Kate still serves as the legal counsel for their family businesses.
"I truly love what I do, and love coming to work to help people every day. "
Kate and her family moved back to Illinois in the 1990's, and she opened a small private legal practice specializing in family law, and taught special needs children and young adults for several years while her own children were young. Kate also volunteered as Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children, and became active in her community. During this time, Kate gained additional experience representing the rights of Children, and in representation of Children with Special Needs.
Kate joined Prairie State Legal Services in 2007 and worked as a Legal aid attorney providing advice and brief services to low income clients on a variety of legal issues. She left Legal Aid in 2012 to reopen her private family law practice, Kate Sharp Law PC, and to return to teaching. Kate also served an adjunct faculty member in the Paralegal Studies Program at College of Dupage.
Kate believes that Legal Representation should not only be skilled and professional, but that Family Law attorneys should be compassionate, caring and collaborative, and she brings these qualities to her representation of every Client.
- Illinois State Bar
- J.D., Kent College of Law, Chicago
- B.S., Illinois Institute of Technology