Katherine Mayer, M.A., CCDI
DEATH PENALTY MITIGATION SPECIALIST & BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL DEFENSE INVESTIGATOR
Katherine M. Mayer received a Masters in Forensic Psychology while interning with the Capital Defender of Northern Virginia. She worked as a Mitigation Specialist with the Public Defender of Miami-Dade’s Capital Litigation Unit.
In 2012, Katherine established Mayer Consulting which focused primarily on death penalty mitigation. Over the years, Katherine recognized the need for her to provide a full spectrum of services from fact investigation through sentencing. Katherine’s vision was to offer attorneys the benefit of being able to rely on one firm for their criminal defense needs.
Katherine is licensed in private investigation and in 2017 she became the first woman in Texas to obtain a board certification in criminal defense investigation. She holds a certificate in process serving, Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) and is a notary.
Jenna Fechner graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a major in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Grand Canyon University. Jenna completed flight school for the U.S. Army in 2017 and currently serves in the Texas Army National Guard as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot. She previously worked in personal injury law, conducting research and investigation for pre-litigation civil lawsuits. Jenna’s research background and interests include abnormal psychology, mental health in the prison system, and the profiling of criminal behavior.
Sarah Berg graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Psychology, a minor in Political Science and an emphasis in Criminal Justice. She gained investigation experience interning with Akin Investigations in 2015. She earned a paralegal certification in early 2017, while continuing her criminal defense education with trainings through the Capital Area Defenders Service (CAPDS) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). She gained experience in criminal defense work for over two years by interning with Mayer Consulting and assisting in a death penalty trial that was handed down a life sentence by a jury. Sarah was hired by Mayer Consulting in early 2017 where she has been providing a number of defense teams with mitigation for capital and non-capital cases. To enhance her skills as a mitigation specialist, she earned a certificate in Criminal Sentencing Advocacy.
Rachel Brothers graduated from Regent University School of Law and worked as an Assistant Public Defender at the Virginia Beach Public Defender’s Office. During her time practicing criminal defense work, Rachel worked diligently on getting her clients the best possible result and recognized early on what a difference mitigation and sentencing preparation could make in the outcome of a case. After moving to Austin in 2012, Rachel passed the bar exam and earned her law license in the state of Texas. She worked for four years as an Assistant General Counsel for the Board of Pardons and Paroles, where she handled a wide array of matters, including preparing capital and other clemency cases for Board members to vote on. While working on capital cases, Rachel’s passion for the effects of sentencing grew and she decided to pursue a career that focused on death penalty mitigation.
Héctor Hernández graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies. After college, he moved to Argentina to pursue studies in Audio Engineering, while also traveling South and Central America. In late 2018, after moving to Austin, Texas, Héctor began pursuing different career paths, eventually leading him to develop a heavy interest in Criminal Justice. In December of 2018, Héctor joined Mayer Consulting and became a licensed investigator specializing in Spanish speaking cases. Further delving into the Criminal Justice world, Héctor and a creative collaborator began to film and produce a documentary about a possible wrongful conviction. In doing so, he gained valuable experience in record collection and interviewing witnesses.