Practice Area(s)

  • Employment Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Education Law


  • Wake Forest University School of Law (JD, 2012)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, 2009)

Admissions & Certifications

  • 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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Katherine (“Katie”) Barber-Jones’ legal practice is focused on representing and advising employers, public entities, and educators. Katie’s clients have included public officials, cities and towns, and colleges and universities.  Katie has successfully defended clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including alleged constitutional and civil rights violations, breach of contract, negligence, and general liability matters. Katie has litigated in North Carolina state and federal courts, including the North Carolina Business Court, and has handled appeals to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

In representing clients, Katie employs nuanced defenses and works to go beyond typical solutions or rote arguments to provide thorough and innovative legal advocacy and advice. In her early career, Katie gained wide-ranging litigation experience, defending clients in areas as varied as copyright infringement, commercial transportation, construction law, and product and premises liability, which she uses to help clients make critical decisions and to marshal broad, insightful, and diverse resources for their defense.

In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, cooking new recipes, and spending time with her family, including her husband, their baby daughter, Matilda, and their Plott hound, Lucy. Katie is also passionate about helping North Carolina children by providing pro bono appellate representation for the Office of the Guardian ad Litem.

  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Wellness Committee Co-Chair (2015-2017)
  • Wake County Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Lawyer Support Committee (2016)
  • DRI, Member
  • Junior League of Raleigh, Provisional Member 2016-2017
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina, Lawyer on the Line Pro Bono Program (2015 – present)
  • North Carolina Guardian Ad Litem Program, Pro Bono Appellate Attorney (2016 – present)
  • NC Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2016 - 2020)
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Business Drafting, Construction Law, and Litigation Clinic
  • 2017, 2018 NC Pro Bono Honor Society

Presenter and Co-Author, “Employment: History repeats itself. Workplace Harassment and Discrimination,” NC Association of Defense Attorneys 2019 Winter Workshop, January 25, 2019.

Co-Author, “Current Trends in False Labeling,” In-House Defense Quarterly, Defense Research Institute, Spring 2018.

Author and Presenter, “Risky Business: Considerations in Litigating Claims Arising from High-Risk Activities,” Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog 2017 Seminar: General Liability & Workers’ Compensation Law Update, November 9, 2017.

Co-Presenter, “Water and Sewer Impact Fee Cases: Town of Carthage and Beyond,” North Carolina League of Municipalities, June 8, 2017.

Author, Passing “Brunch Bills” to Repeal Blue Laws, At Your Service Quarterly, North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, Winter 2016. Republished February 2017, JD Supra,

Co-Author, “Legal Implications of Effective and Proper Use of Premises Camera Surveillance,” The Harmonie Group, Spring 2016 Retail & Hospitality Services Update.

Author, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Continuing Legal Education, Advanced Interrogation Techniques: Getting the Most Out of the Deponent; Feb. 21, 2013 (manuscript).