Katie Yingling Schellenger was raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and earned her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Bucknell University.  She graduated with a double major in international relations and German, a minor in art history, and served as captain of the women’s varsity field hockey team.  Before attending law school, Katie was a Samuel H. Kress Fellow in the Department of Paintings Conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and spent three years working in human resources for the Four Seasons Hotels in New York City.

Katie earned her law degree, cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law.  At Villanova, she was a member of the International Law and Pro-Bono Societies, the Moot Court Board, and she served as a teaching assistant to the Assistant Dean for Legal Writing.  She competed in several moot court competitions, including the Villanova University 46th Annual Theodore Reimel Moot Court Competition, in which she was a quarter-finalist; the Tulane University Mardis Gras Sports Law Moot Court Competition, in which she was a quarter-finalist; and the J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition at the University of North Carolina Law School, in which she was named Best Oralist.   During law school, Katie also completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Clarence C. Newcomer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, a Law and Entrepreneurship Externship with Pepper Hamilton LLP, and was a summer associate in Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office. 

Immediately following her graduation from law school, Katie served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bohdan A. Futey at the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.  Following her clerkship, Katie was an associate with Cozen O’Connor and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP in both firms' Washington, D.C. offices.  In 2013, she completed a National Institute for Trial Advocacy Mock Trial Training Program.  Katie returned home to Pennsylvania in the fall of 2013, where she joined the staff of Franklin & Marshall College as Director of Legal Professions Advising.  In that role, she created an infrastructure to provide students and alumni with programming, events, and resources to explore legal professions, prepare successful law school applications, and develop skills critical to their success in the law; she also developed and maintained a network of legal alumni and parents, and individually advised students and alumni concerning law school and their legal careers.  In addition to Katie’s work with the Legal Professions Advising Program, she served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Business, Organizations & Society, creating and delivering an upper-level course on White Collar Crime.  Since early 2015, Katie has also served as counsel to the Law Office of Bernard S. Grimm, a boutique criminal defense litigation firm in Washington, D.C.

Katie resides with her husband and three children in Chester County.  She volunteers with the Chester County Bar Association's Access to Justice Program, is an avid reader, dabbles in pointed pen calligraphy and water color painting, and enjoys running, cooking, frequenting local restaurants, and exploring southern Chester County’s nature preserves with her family.  

Katie's Experience

Katie has represented corporations and individuals in a wide range of white collar criminal, regulatory, and civil matters involving, among other things, the Controlled Substances Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and accounting fraud, civil and criminal antitrust, bank fraud, tax fraud, international money laundering, on-line gaming, obstruction of justice, bribery, online misconduct, trusts and estates litigation, breach of contract litigation, contests of federal grants and awards, and consumer rights.  She has successfully represented clients in internal investigations, matters before regulatory bodies, settlement negotiations, and in federal and local courts.    

Katie's Representative Matters:

  • Lead counsel on appeal before U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, presenting issues related to separation of powers and due process;

  • Represented numerous individuals at sentencing for various crimes including tax evasion, identification fraud, distribution of controlled substances, possession of child pornography, stalking, bank fraud, wire fraud, and bribery, frequently resulting in significant downward departures; 

  • Represented individual plaintiff in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act suit;

  • Represented individual charged with felony sexual abuse of a patient or client; drafted Memorandum of Law arguing that the charge was an exaggerated and overbroad application of the statute, which resulted in the prosecutor dismissing all charges;

  • Represented individual plaintiff in connection with an unjust imprisonment claim;

  • Represented large, international airline in connection with antitrust litigation and regulatory approval of proposed merger: drafted requests for discovery in a plaintiff's civil antitrust suit and managed review of incoming discovery; managed a team of sixty-five (65) contract attorneys conducting privilege review while seeking regulatory approval of a proposed merger and drafted privilege log in connection with the same matter;

  • Represented global technology and business solutions provider in connection with SEC investigation into securities and accounting fraud;

  • Represented national pharmacy chain in connection with revision and implementation of its pharmacy compliance polices consistent with the Controlled Substances Act and its pharmacists' ethical obligations;

  •  Represented global over-the-counter pharmaceutical company in connection with DOJ investigation of alleged Controlled Substances Act violations; conducted internal investigation and revised and implemented corporate compliance program, resulting in neither criminal charges nor civil complaint being filed against client;

  • Represented global engineering, construction, and project management company in connection with allegations of foreign corruption; conducted internal investigation which resulted in identification of a rogue executive who pleaded guilty to a multi-million dollar kickback scheme.  No charges were brought against client;

  • Represented large financial institution in connection with improper DEA seizure of client funds, resulting in prompt return of all funds;

  • Represented corporation in bank fraud investigation involving government seizure of millions of dollars in client funds;

  • Represented intervenor in high-stakes estate litigation and successfully negotiated beneficial settlement on intervenor's behalf;

  •  Represented former chief compliance officer of a major financial institution in connection with DOJ investigation involving allegations of international money laundering practices, which resulted in no charges being brought against the client;

  • Represented online gaming company in various civil and criminal capacities;

  • Represented individual charged with obstruction of justice in connection with a murder investigation, charges of which he was ultimately acquitted;

  • Represented individual Federal agency employee in connection with DOJ investigation involving allegations of bribery in connection with contract awards;

  • Represented high-level executive in DOJ criminal antitrust investigation involving allegations of price-fixing, which resulted in no charges being brought against client;

  • Represented corporation in DOJ criminal antitrust investigations involving allegations of price-fixing; conducted internal investigation of corporation in connection with DOJ investigation.