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Katherine Capito

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Dinsmore & Shohl 
Charleston, 28

Katherine Capito may not have been born in West Virginia, but she's come to love it all the same.

She and her husband, Moore Capito, make their home in Charleston.

"It's a very service-oriented community, which I appreciate," she said. "I think it builds a stronger community. 

"There are a lot of amazing organizations here, and I'm happy to play my part when I can."

A Virginia native, she honed her work ethic in high school, juggling class work and after-school activities while working part-time at a florist shop.

"I loved it," she said. "I just enjoyed the people I worked with and, of course, the flowers. I'd go there after school. I also ran track in high school, so it taught me to manage my time."

She graduated cum laude from Roanoke College in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in political science and headed to law school.

She earned her juris doctor from Washington & Lee, graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif in 2011. She interned at the White House during the George W. Bush administration and also for U.S. District Judge Samuel G. Wilson. She also worked in U.S. Attorney's offices in the District of Columbia before joining Dinsmore & Shohl, where her specialty is labor and employment law.

"I knew coming out of law school I wanted to get involved in litigation," she said. "I took on a few employment law cases and really enjoyed them. 

"I just kind of fell into it from there."

Active in the community, she's president of the Appalachian Reading Center board of directors, serves on the boards of the Craik-Patton House, the Ronald McDonald House, and the Washington & Lee Alumni Association's Charleston Chapter and the human resources committees of the Childhood Language Center and YWCA. She's also a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston, Charleston Young Professionals Kiwanis Club, Junior League and Leadership Kanawha Valley, Class of 2013.

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