Kaitlin Capetillo joined McCathern, PLLC in 2017. Kaitlin has practiced family law since graduating from law school in 2014 and has direct experience handling a variety of family law issues, including divorce, child custody & visitation, adoption, termination, child support, property division, and the modification or enforcement of prior court orders.
Kaitlin was born and raised in the Dallas area, attending Christ the King Catholic School and Providence Christian School while growing up in north Dallas and eventually graduating from John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas. Kaitlin attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas during the Robert Griffin III glory days where she enjoyed attending Baylor Bear football games. In 2011 Kaitlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Baylor University. Shortly thereafter Kaitlin moved to Lubbock, Texas where she received her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2014. During law school Kaitlin received both the CALI Award and Jurisprudence Award as recognition for her legal writing skills and her performance in Legal Practice classes. Additionally, Kaitlin was an active member of the Hispanic Law Students Association.
After law school, Kaitlin returned to Waco, Texas where she exclusively practiced family law (and always kept an eye out for the loveable “Fixer Upper” couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, determined to convince them to expand to the Dallas area one day soon). Kaitlin’s ability to connect with her clients is something that her clients value and appreciate. She gets to know the details of her clients’ cases backwards and forwards, and her hard work, preparation, and attention to detail pay off in the courtroom.
Kaitlin has represented a variety of clients, including grandparents, businessmen, single fathers, working mothers, parents hoping to adopt, and even out-of-state parents. In one case, Kaitlin helped a working dad located in Louisiana obtain primary custody of his children and the ability to take his children back to Louisiana when the other parent received only supervised visitation.
When a contested final trial is not the best strategy, Kaitlin knows there are other options. She knows that a cookie cutter formula should never be used when handling such sensitive and deeply personal issues. Kaitlin listens carefully to her clients and takes the time to develop a game plan that is unique to her client’s specific needs and desires. This understanding and flexibility has allowed Kaitlin to have great success outside of the courtroom as well. Kaitlin has been trained as a Mediator through the Lubbock County Dispute Resolution Center and has been certified to mediate cases in Texas. Kaitlin uses her training and experience to passionately represent her clients in mediation.
In one mediation, which started off in a stalemate with the opposing party refusing to provide a productive response other than “no”, Kaitlin was able obtain primary custody of a child for her client (who had previously only been granted visitation after moving out of the county) and less than standard possession for the other party, effectively changing which parent had primary possession.
Currently, Kaitlin is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and the Dallas County Young Lawyers Association.
In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her big family and their new lab puppy, Zoey. Kaitlin is a big fan of Texas country music and enjoys going to live local shows whenever she can. She loves the outdoors, and her perfect day off would include relaxing on a boat at the lake. Kaitlin also likes to wakeboard and is very proud of the fact that she manages to stay upright and even go outside of the wake once in a while.