Catherine Deist focuses her practice on assisting businesses, business owners, and entrepreneurs as they navigate the processes of business formation, business strategy, business transactions, and federal government contracts. She also has extensive experience in complex estate planning, civil litigation, and federal criminal prosecution.
Ms. Deist believes in a 360-degree approach when advising her clients on business matters. Because of her vast legal experience spanning several different areas of law, Ms. Deist prides herself on her ability to advise and educate her clients on how each business decision will affect other areas of life, such as ensuring that a client has a robust estate plan to protect business and personal assets for loved ones. She 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 provided legal counsel to the federal government regarding contracts and labor and employment issues and gained extensive litigation experience prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases. She was 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 went on to private practice, where she gained experience in civil litigation and complex estate planning.
Ms. Deist is also among a select few attorneys in the country practicing in the area of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), a method used by so many who are unable to conceive on their own, and which includes contractual agreements for an egg donor, sperm donor, and/or gestational carrier. 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.