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Katie Bell Klinghard

Child custody Attorney at Clarksville, TN

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State TN
    Acquired 2011
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About Katie

Learn Katie’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    We take a tech-savvy, progressive approach to family law representation, backed by experience.

  2. Divorce and separation
    When facing any kind of divorce or family law matter, one of the most important decisions you can make involves your choice of legal team. It is critical to work with divorce and child support lawyers in Clarksville with the experience and commitment

  3. Social Security & Disability
    From our Clarksville office, we handle Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims for clients throughout Tennessee, Kentucky and other nearby states.

  4. Car accident
    If you have been in an auto accident, you are dealing with a number of challenges. The physical and emotional recovery, the loss of wages and the medical bills can be overwhelming. The most important choice you can make at this time involves getting

  5. Criminal defense
    If you are facing criminal charges of any kind, bring the best fight you can.

Katie Bell Klinghard brings a unique perspective as a founding partner of Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC. Holding a Tennessee license since 2011, she practices various areas of family law, litigation and criminal defense. Katie places an emphasis on delivering clients a first-class experience by acting as a highly effective communicator with great empathy and integrity.

Katie graduated with a degree in communications from Austin Peay State University – where she was a member of the President’s Emerging Leaders Program – and earned her J.D. from Nashville School of Law. Unlike many aspiring attorneys, Katie worked her way through law school while raising her first child. That experience plays a major role in her ability to hold a high standard for herself in the representation of all types of clients.
Her practice has grown to include Circuit and Appellate Court, as well as Federal Court.

She was raised in Erin, Tenn., by two lifelong educators – her father a high school principal and her mother a kindergarten teacher. Her veracity comes from a strong upbringing, something that she has worked to instill in her two sons. 

An active member of Erin Church of the Nazarene, Katie’s involvement within the community led her to an volunteer position with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, upon being admitted to the Bar. She has continued her service to the Legal Aid Society and Clarksville Bar Association through as a member of the Legal Aid Society Board of Directors.


Mathis, Bates & Klinghard, PLLC
412 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN, 37040

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Posted by ROGER | August 14, 2021
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When I needed help getting my Social security disability. I went to Katie Klinghard. Katie handled everything. I just sit back and she kept me informed at all times. I was able to reach her at anytime. Katie is a very professional and knowledgeable attorney. I felt very fortunate when she agreed to be my attorney. If I every need another attorney in the future. Katie will be the first one I call.
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Posted by Melanie | October 17, 2017
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We hired Katie for a custody case. She is very knowledgeable of the law and thinks out side the box if needed. She is very accessible and pleasant to deal with during a stressful time. Although her demeanor one on one is very passive, she becomes a bulldog once entering the courtroom. She is confident, listens to her client and is well respected. We will continue to hire Katie when needed.
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Posted by anonymous | February 16, 2016
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Mrs. Klinghard helped with $50k in back pay
After a long battle with my long-term disability insurance, I had given up. When Mrs. Klinghard took my case, she turned it around in less than six months. Not only did I get approved, she helped me get $50k in back pay! My previous attorney worked on my case for 2 years with NO RESULTS. Mrs. Klinghard changed my life.
Posted by anonymous | January 28, 2016
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Wonderful to work with!
Excellent service! Mrs. Klinghard was extremely professional and courteous. Always returned phone calls and emails in a timely manner. I felt like I was the most important client she had at the time - when it was truly a small matter that she helped me with. I would recommend her to anyone that needs legal service. Her knowledge is vast and her experience speaks for itself when you are talking with her.
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Posted by Teresa | January 6, 2016
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She is very understanding and helpful in any questions I might have. Has made me feel like she really cares what happens to me. Looks out for my best interest.
Posted by Megan | November 16, 2015
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Professional and Personable
Katie did a wonderful job helping us create our living wills. The process was simple, concise and as pain free as possible. I would highly recommend Katie Klinghard's services.
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Kennedy Law Firm, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid Society Of Middle Tennessee
  • 2010 - 2011


  • Nashville School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Austin Peay State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Criminal
  • Hung jury


  • Legal Aid Society
  • Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (4)
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Child custody Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have worked with Katie as opposing counsel and am happy to endorse her as an attorney. She is extremely intelligent and advocates for her clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I consulted with Katie and found her to be very knowledgeable and a great communicator! Highly recommended!"
Child custody Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Katie is a wonderful attorney. She is always a pleasure to work with, very thorough and punctual. She is knowledgeable and advocates for her clients' interests and needs."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I Have worked with Katie Klinghard for several years. She is a true professional who is sensitive to her clients while fighting hard for them. Level headed and genuine I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of legal services."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"Katie is a wonderful attorney that works diligently for her clients. She communicates effectively with opposing counsel and zealously advocates in the courtroom."
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Clarksville Child custody Lawyer Katie Bell Klinghard
Katie Bell Klinghard
Child custody Attorney
Clarksville, TN
Licensed for 13 years