Catherine A. Barnes

Catherine Barnes received her Bachelor of Arts in history summa cum laude from Salem State College in Massachusetts and her Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law.

At James, McElroy and Diehl, Catherine’s practice covers representation of closely held businesses across many industries in various matters, including: formation and continuation planning; representation during sale and acquisition of assets or stock; review and negotiation of contracts and leases; counseling with regard to employment matters, lender issues, shareholder issues, covenants not to compete, business ventures; and a variety of other issues.

She also provides ongoing counseling and representation of real estate developers in matters such as: negotiations with lenders, commercial leases and development agreements, title, zoning issues and related matters.

Catherine serves as the Managing Partner of James, McElroy & Diehl.

Academic Background

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1995
  • B.A., History, Salem State College, 1990

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar


  • North Carolina Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named to the 2016 and 2018-2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© by Best Lawyers® – Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Named to the 2019 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© by Best Lawyers® – Real Estate Law
  • The Mecklenburg Times, 50 Most Influential Women

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