Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude
- Executive Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
- Oralist, Notre Dame Moot Court Board
The George Washington University, B.A., cum laude
Law Clerk, Honorable Charles R. Wilson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (2020-2021)
Law Clerk, Honorable Federico A. Moreno, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (2021-2022)
Katie Takeuchi joined Heise Suarez Melville as an associate in 2022. Before that, she began her career with two federal judicial clerkships. First, Katie clerked for the Honorable Charles R. Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The following year, Katie served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Katie’s federal service also includes student internships at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and with a member of the U.S. Senate.
Before clerking, Katie obtained her Juris Doctor from Notre Dame Law School. During law school, Katie served as the executive editor of the Notre Dame Law Review, one of the nation’s highest-ranking law journals that consistently lands in the top ten of the Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings. Her note, “A New Third-Party Doctrine: The Telephone Metadata Program and Carpenter v. United States,” was selected for publication in volume 94 of the Law Review. Katie was also an active member of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board. She represented Notre Dame at the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition and was first runner up at the Indiana State Bar Association Third Annual Moot Court Competition. In her first-year moot court course, which required all 1Ls to submit an appellate brief and participate in oral arguments, Katie was awarded both Best Brief and Best Oralist. She also received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Criminal Law and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing.
In college, Katie studied Economics and Geography with a special focus on poverty at the George Washington University. There, she co-founded “The Store,” GW’s on-campus food pantry. In between her undergraduate and law school studies, Katie was an administrative assistant at Bay Area Legal Services, an LSC-funded legal-aid organization that provides free legal services to low-income residents in her hometown of Tampa, Florida.
Katie holds seven certifications in various formats of group-fitness instructing and taught classes regularly during college and law school. Though no longer teaching, she still participates in classes and enjoys running.