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Katryn Ester
Kate is the eldest of three children, born when her parents were in their young twenties.  Being the first female born into the Beall family, she was raised by men to be like men.  The loss of her mother at the age of 11 resulted in further male influence. 
Growing up outside of Findlay, Ohio, on the family compound (farm), she attended Van Buren Local Schools for K-12; the same school most of the Beall family (paternal) attended and still attend.  While Kate does not reside in the same area, she remains close with her family.
As with usual family tradition, Kate began sports in third grade. Sports kept her busy and out of trouble (for the most part).  By the end of high school, Kate had participated in softball, track, and basketball with regularity, while also dabbling in volleyball, soccer, and cheerleading.  She also participated in choir, show choir, marching band, pep band, concert band, district band, student council, National Honor Society, drama club, and musicals.  Kate began piano lessons when she was in the fifth grade and continued doing so for 10 years.  She also worked as a waitress at the local Denny’s and Ponderosa after receiving her driver’s license.  (PHEW!)
At the age of 9, Kate’s paternal grandmother requested a promise to be a lawyer, in order to follow in the path that had been Kate’s father’s dream.  Being at such an impressionable age, Kate said yes, and her own path of an unbroken promise into the legal world was mapped.  Her family will tell you she was meant to be a lawyer, arguing well and often being referred to as Judge Judy by her brothers and father (not necessarily a compliment). 
After attending and completing the program in three years, Kate was the first of the Bealls to graduate college, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Findlay.  In order to remain close by to her father and brothers, she attended Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law in Ada, Ohio, where she was a founding member of the school's Innocence Project.  Apart from receiving her Juris Doctor in two and a half years, her biggest accomplishment during law school was attaining her MRS when she met her future husband, Gordon, on her 21st birthday.  Kate and fellow lawyer, Gordon, moved to Shelby, Ohio, after completing law school.  Kate’s biggest accomplishment though was welcoming their two sons, Nic and Max, who continue to keep them busy with more sports and activities. 
Kate and her family spend a great deal of time outside, not only with sports, but camping and riding dirt bikes – a past-time started by her father and handed down to the younger generations.  If there is an open weekend during the spring to fall seasons, you will find them (along with Kate’s father and brothers, their wives, and six nieces and nephews) at the dirt bike track either riding or sitting around a campfire. 
Since 2002, she has been fortunate to practice in the area of civil litigation (including appellate practice).  Kate had a wonderful mentor for the first 8 years of her legal career who helped to establish the attorney she is today.  As a result, and among other attributes, she is very detail-oriented and efficient, almost to a fault.  Her current practice is devoted to assisting borrowers in their fight against lenders, whether to retain or walk away from their homes.  She was taught to be prompt in her response and communications with fellow counselors and clients, and strives to maintain a strong work ethic, while balancing the joy of her family. 
Kate is licensed in Ohio as well as The United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, South District of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is currently the chairperson of the City of Shelby’s Civil Service Commission and was the former treasurer for her children’s PTO.  Outside of work, Kate enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. 

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