Catherine Deist focuses her practice on military members who are facing court-martial, court-martial appeal, nonjudicial punishment/letters of reprimand, administrative separation/board of inquiry, or investigation. Additionally, she represents former military members who are seeking a discharge upgrade or a correction of military records. As a military spouse and a former Air Force JAG, Ms. Deist understands firsthand the complex issues that military members and their families face.
Ms. Deist believes in a 360-degree approach when advising and representing her clients. Because of her vast legal experience spanning several areas of law, Ms. Deist aims to achieve the highest level of client satisfaction by ensuring that she devotes the appropriate amount of time educating her clients on every aspect of a matter.
Ms. Deist comes to Parlatore Law Group after almost a decade of practicing law both in the United States Air Force and in private practice. As an Air Force JAG, she gained extensive litigation experience prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases, to include serving as Chief of Military Justice while at Travis AFB, California. Notably, she was selected to be the principle investigator and sole legal advisor of a $40 million wrongful death action against the Air Force regarding a civilian aircraft crash on a military installation. While deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in 2012, Ms. Deist was primarily responsible for reviewing and restructuring hundreds of contracts with various private companies to provide goods and services to forward deployed forces and assist in rebuilding Afghanistan. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Ms. Deist entered private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia while her husband was stationed at Langley AFB, where she gained experience in civil litigation and family law. Specifically, Ms. Deist handled countless divorces and child custody and visitation cases for military families.
Ms. Deist is also among a select few attorneys in the country practicing in the area of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), which is "fancy" terminology for the area of law that deals with gestational carriers, surrogacy, and the donation or adoption of egg, sperm, and embryo. Ms. Deist developed a passion for family creation after facing her own infertility challenges about 6 years ago (thanks to the miracle of IVF, she and her husband have two happy and healthy little girls). Because of her own personal journey and her vast experience in this area as legal counsel, she has a deep understanding of the challenges that individuals and couples face when creating a family - both from a medical and a legal perspective. A fast-changing area of law, Ms. Deist counsels couples and individuals on the legal issues involved in utilizing ART before drafting a contract that meets their specific and unique needs.
Ms. Deist completed her undergraduate education at Texas A&M University, where she received a B.A. in English Rhetoric. She then attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, where she graduated Cum Laude. She has received advanced education and training through the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, including advanced training in Contract and Fiscal Law.