Baluha Receives Professional Distinction
By Adam Lansdell
One Freeland-based attorney recently received a coveted award for excellence. Katie Marie Law’s very own Katherine M. Baluha was acknowledged with placement on the 2018 Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star List. The accolade is given to attorneys 40 years old or younger, or those who have been practicing for 10 years or less. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers for this honor.
The award, presented by the team at Super Lawyers, symbolically embodies the dedication and hard work Baluha and her firm has committed in just a short career. As a young lawyer, this achievement is just the beginning of greater things to come as Baluha continues to seek out new ways to be of service to those in need.
“It is truly amazing to have a national recognition of the work that we do – it means that hopefully more people find us and we have an opportunity to help them in some way,” said Baluha. “That was the main purpose of becoming an attorney – I saw at a young age my aunt, attorney Susan Brady, helping people in a way that I knew I wanted to be able to do someday.”
This is Baluha’s first year being selected on for the Rising Stars list, and she was selected primarily for her work in family law. Katie Marie Law, located in Freeland, is a full-service law firm that serves clients in need of divorce, child support, custody, parenting time, stepparent adoption and juvenile law support.
Recipients were selected based on nomination submissions, and while Baluha isn’t sure who submitted her name, she is quick to note that the honor also belongs to her supporters. Baluha’s dream to become a successful lawyer has been fueled by her parents, husband, extended family and co-workers.
“I am so very grateful to whomever did nominate me. Awards and recognitions really confirm that you are doing your best for the clients. Although all of us at the office feel like we work so hard and do our very best, you always seem to feel like you should’ve done more or something different,” said Baluha. “Then you receive a recognition such as this and it just confirms our hard work and time is being recognized and appreciated. Things like this keep you going on the not-so-good days.”
Next, Baluha will set her sights on goals outside of the courtroom.
“My next goal is to focus a little more on my personal life – my husband and I would like a family besides our fur baby, Chloe; and with the growth that has happened at the office, I think it is a great time to focus on the next most important thing besides helping people, family,” she said.
To learn more about Baluha and Katie Marie Law, visit katiemarielaw.com.