Catherine A. Barnes

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For more than 25 years, Catherine’s practice has covered 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.

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

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 2018-2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© by Best Lawyers® – Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Named to the 2019-2024 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© by Best Lawyers® – Real Estate Law
  • The Mecklenburg Times, 50 Most Influential Women
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite in Business, 2024

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