After graduating first in her class from Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Bloomington), Catie served as an appellate law clerk in both state and federal courts: first for the Honorable Geoffrey G. Slaughter on the Indiana Supreme Court and then for the Honorable Eugene E. Siler, Jr. on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While in law school, Catie served as a judicial extern for the Honorable David F. Hamilton on the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; was elected as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Indiana Law Journal; and worked as a summer associate at a regional firm in Louisville and an international firm in Indianapolis.
Before law school, Catie earned her master’s degree in international law and government from Georgetown University. She then started her nonprofit career at the Institute for Justice, a national nonprofit law firm headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Catie next returned home and worked at the Louisville area chapter of the American Red Cross, and then with several nonprofit and educational organizations in Louisville and Southern Indiana, most recently in executive leadership roles.
Catie joined Tachau Meek in August 2023, where she works on a variety of commercial litigation matters.
Order of the Coif, 2020
Indiana Law Journal’s Outstanding Associate, 2019
Catie received her undergraduate degree in English literature and political science from Indiana University (BA 2006), her master’s degree in international law and government from Georgetown University (MA 2008), and her law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law (JD, summa cum laude, 2020).
- Court Admissions+
Catie is admitted to the Indiana (2020) and Kentucky (2023) bars, and is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
- Work Highlights+
Catherine Wheatley, Comment, Honesty is the Best Policy: Addressing Implicit Bias in the Judiciary, 8 Ind. J. L. & Soc. Equal. (2021).
Jody Lyneé Madeira & Catherine Wheatley, Soft Targets: Emotion in the Passage of “Stand Your Ground” Legislation, in Research Handbook on Law and Emotion (Susan Bandes, Jody Madeira, Kathryn Temple & Emily Kidd White eds.) (2021).
Catherine Wheatley, Note, Arizona’s Torres v. Terrell and Section 318.03: The Wild West of Pre-Embryo Disposition, 95 Ind. L.J. 299 (2020).
- Community & Personal Activities+
Catie has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations in Louisville and Southern Indiana including the American Red Cross and Clark County CASA, and served on advisory boards and committees for local educational institutions including Indiana University Southeast, Ivy Tech Community College, and Greater Clark County Schools.
In her free time, Catie loves to read, play pickleball, and hike Kentucky’s many trails with her spouse and daughter.