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After earning her law degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law – she finished first in her class – Katheen Howard Meredith began a legal career in 1978 focused mainly on defending health care provers in medical negligence cases.

When a close family member suffered a serious injury as a result of medical negligence, Meredith successfully defended the friend. Following that success, she crossed the street in 1995 and co-founded a small firm focused on victims of medical negligence. She is now a partner in that Pasadena-based firm, known as Iliff, Meredith, Wildberger and Brennan.

What is the most important thing you do in
your job?
I provide support and guidance to people who are undergoing or have undergone traumatic, life-altering situations. I counsel people on their options and help them to see what can and cannot reasonably be accomplished. I also help them to move forward in making difficult decisions about litigation after being fully informed of their alternatives.

What is one aspect of your profession you would like to change?
Discovery can sometimes be more difficult than it should be. Some battles should not be fought. Even battles that deserve to be fought need not be as contentious as they sometime

If you weren’t in this industry, what would you be doing?
I would be a yoga teacher!