I am a New Hampshire native who has lived in the Lakes Region most of my life, graduating from Winnisquam High School in 2014. I received my undergraduate degree in Legal Studies from Ithaca College in 2018 and was awarded the “Legal Studies Scholar Award” for excellence in research. I later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law in 2022. During law school, I was one of twenty-four students admitted to the Daniel Webster Scholars Honors Program; a bar-alternative, practical skills-based, law school experience designed to ensure that students are “practice ready” upon graduation. After successful completion of the program, I was sworn into the New Hampshire Bar, without the need for a Bar Exam.

People often ask what led me to law school and it was really something of a happy accident. During my last semester of college (which also morphed into my gap year before law school), I decided to intern at a small general practice firm in Ithaca. I sought out that internship more as a means of closing the door on my legal career rather than opening it. I had myself convinced that becoming an attorney meant drowning in paperwork, working eighty hours per week in a high rise, with no life outside of that. I’m glad I was wrong.

During that internship and gap year, I had the opportunity to work closely with clients, all with fairly unique legal issues. My supervising partners truly trusted me, which in turn gave me the confidence to develop my skills and judgment. I was able to gain exposure to a wide range of practice areas while learning the ins and outs of the legal profession. But it wasn’t research or writing that pulled me in, it was being given the tools and platform to help people. They came to us because they didn’t know where to turn or how to advocate for themselves. The true motivation came from giving them their strength back.

Not only did that experience lead me to where I am today, but I have found that my time as a paralegal has given me a deeper appreciation for support staff and the background work that goes into each file.

I chose Tarbell & Brodich because of their commitment to providing clients with quality legal service at a reasonable cost. In addition to the overall excellence that I have observed throughout my time here, I have become very fond of each and every one of my colleagues. These are good people. They are all highly knowledgeable in their respective practice areas and genuinely care about their clients.

In my free time, I enjoy a range of activities; my newest hobby being downhill mountain biking. I am a former rugby player and still play sevens from time to time. My winters are filled with snowmobiling trips to northern  New Hampshire and snowboarding at our local mountains. I have two cats but am not a crazy cat lady.

I am admitted to practice in New Hampshire, as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. I am also a member of the Women’s Bar Association Networking Committee and was recently appointed to the New Hampshire Bar Association Gender Equality Committee for the 2023 term.

You can email Kaylee at khoward@tarbellbrodich.com