• Member Spotlight

Katie J. Schmidt, Ohnstad Twichell, P.C.

Meet Katie J. Schmidt, a talented attorney with a passion for law and an impressive background. Hailing from Rochert, Minnesota, Katie’s educational journey began at Bemidji State University, where she excelled in Criminal Justice, graduating with honors.

Continuing her pursuit of excellence, Katie graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2011, receiving accolades for her distinguished performance. Throughout her career, Katie honed her legal skills through various clerkships, including positions with judges of the Northwest Judicial District of North Dakota, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

When not in the legal realm, Katie enjoys indulging in athletics and savoring the great outdoors.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have been with Ohnstad Twichell, P.C., for eight years and am a shareholder. I practice primarily in the areas of municipal law, water law, and public finance. My husband works full-time in the ND Army National Guard, and we have three sons.

What inspired you to join NABL in 2016?

NABL is the leading organization for public finance attorneys, and I saw it as a tremendous opportunity to learn from, and network with, other more experienced attorneys.

You have participated in a couple of NABL conferences over the years. What’s something you have learned and implemented into your work?

A topic that I learned about during one of my first NABL conferences was defeasance. It came up shortly thereafter in my practice, and I was happy to have had the background that I learned at the conference.  I’ve now seen a number of these issues since then, and I am always able to look back at conference materials if I need a refresher.

What advice would you give someone who is starting out in public finance?

 Ask a lot of questions and know as many facts as you can.

What is your favorite new show or movie you have seen in the past year?

With young children, my exposure to non-children shows and movies can be limited, but I try to read when I can. My favorite recent read was Local Woman Missing by Mary Kubica.