Katherine E. Merck
Katherine Merck joined Budd-Falen Law Offices in September 2020. Prior to joining the firm, Katherine practiced law in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and represented clients in employment and insurance defense matters as well as serving as a public defender for several North Idaho counties.
Katherine graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2012 with a double major in finance and medieval studies before attending Gonzaga University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2017. At Gonzaga, Katherine was a member of the Federal Tax Law Clinic and focused her studies on tax law, estate planning, and environmental law. An avid fly-fisher, Katherine co-founded the Gonzaga Rod & Gun Club to educate fellow law students on the practices and legalities of fishing and hunting in the Northwest.
During law school, she represented the sport of professional rodeo as Miss Spokane Interstate Rodeo 2014 and Miss Rodeo Washington 2015 before becoming the first Washingtonian to wear the Miss Rodeo America crown in 2016, which allowed her to travel the country representing the Western way of life and agriculture industry. Her involvement in the sport of rodeo inspired Katherine’s desire to practice natural resource law and work in agricultural estate planning. In her final summer of law school, Katherine studied International Human Rights in Florence, Italy before serving as the legal intern for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association in Cheyenne.
When time allows, Katherine enjoys fly-fishing, golfing, skiing, timing Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeos, and competing in the American Quarter Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association.