Spotlight on Katie Pivec
Originally from southwest Minneapolis, Katie Pivec grew up hearing about her Bohemian roots. While her family meant it in the literal sense (her last name derives from the Czech word for beer), she also recognized an ancestral affinity with la vie boheme, her family resume littered with artists, actors, dancers and writers; career stability and Roth IRAs were not regular dinner table topics of discussion.
Naturally, she became a transactional attorney.
While obtaining a college degree, let alone following up with a JD (magna cum laude!) from the University of Minnesota Law School, may seem at first glance to be a bucking of family tradition, Katie sees her career as simply another. “Our family is full of storytellers and people who don’t like to be told what to do. I’ve always loved to tell stories, to solve riddles, to make things; the trick was finding a way to monetize those interests when I can’t draw or dance or sing.”
The answer, Katie found, was to find a job that lets her do all of those things, albeit within a more structured framework than either of her tapdancing grandmothers had to contend with. Perhaps surprisingly, her practice at Siegel Brill scratches that itch. Working with closely held businesses, often with components of real estate development or management, as well as business and family succession planning, there is an endless variety to the type of work that comes through her door. Each of those clients has a story they want to tell, or a riddle they need help unraveling.
In the years since entering the legal profession in 2010, Katie has worked to become a reliable asset in solving those clients’ riddles. She worked for a few years behind the scenes at a legal technology company, training attorneys in the ins and outs of legal research, and for the past six years she’s had a side gig teaching constitutional law at a local community college. Along the way, whether through assisting long-practicing attorneys on a treasure hunt for the perfect case or causing some spark of understanding in students uninitiated in the constitution’s penumbras and emanations, it’s become apparent that the family legacy for storytelling has found a home in Katie’s vocation as well. And, in case she ever gets the urge to break free from the bourgeois constraints of a conventional career — well, there’s always karaoke.
Katie enjoys spending her limited free time with her husband and her toddler twin daughters, along with the family dog and cat. She and her sister host a podcast where they spoil the endings of popular movies, and she also likes to pretend she goes to the gym.
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