The law firm of Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, P.L.L.C (MHK), the largest estate planning law firm in Arizona, has named Katherine A. O’Connell as the new managing partner.
O’Connell’s new role will require her to balance the heavy demands of her professional life with the needs of her growing family. She is the mother of a toddler, is expecting her second child in August, and her husband is also a practicing attorney in the Phoenix area. According to O’Connell, “I’m living the challenges of a working mother, and I hope to bring my experience to help make MHK as family friendly as possible.” O’Connell is eager to add her unique perspective to a profession that has traditionally been dominated by males.
O’Connell is succeeding Dan Morris who has been the firm’s managing partner for over 20 years. Morris has been instrumental in leading and growing the firm, which currently has 10 offices across Arizona and New Mexico. “It has been my honor to establish and work in such a wonderful law firm as this, helping people daily and looking out for their and their family’s best interests now and in the future” states Morris.
O’Connell, who has been an attorney since 2006, was named managing partner in January of 2013. She has attorney accreditation through the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs, which enables her to help clients to qualify, apply and receive benefits for their service in our country’s armed forces. She is also a proud member of the Central Arizona Estate Planning Council. She enjoys helping individuals plan for their own future, as well as the futures of their loved ones. O’Connell states, “It is my honor and privilege to serve this prestigious firm as managing partner.” As a partner at MHK, O’Connell focuses on estate planning, life care planning and veteran’s benefits, and now also oversees the daily operations and actively engages in efforts to continually improve the firm.
MHK devotes its practice to estate planning matters and has helped thousands of families meet their long-term estate and financial goals. The firm is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA). AAEPA is an organization serving the needs of legal professionals concentrating on estate planning. Through the AAEPA’s comprehensive training, educational programs, and state-of-the-art estate planning techniques, the academy fosters excellence among its members and helps them deliver the highest possible estate planning services to their clients.