Katharine Y. Barnes Associate

Katie’s practice focuses on a wide range of labor and employment-related issues.

Katie defends employers facing litigation in federal and state court, and advises clients on compliance with various federal and state laws and regulations including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). She also advises employers regarding employment agreements, employee discipline and termination, handbooks, and workplace policies.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Katie litigated domestic matters for a mid-sized law firm, giving her a unique perspective on how best to navigate the various personalities and emotions that come with litigation.

While earning her law degree from Wake Forest University where she graduated magna cum laude, Katie was the managing editor of the Wake Forest Law Review, member of the Moot Court Board, and project coordinator for the Pro Bono Project.

  • North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

Selected for inclusion into the North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Managing Editor, Wake Forest Law Review, 2016
  • University of Southern California, BA, Social Science – Psychology, 2012

Member, North Carolina Bar Association

Member, Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Volunteer, Council for Children’s Rights

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