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Katie focuses her practice on business law, contract drafting and negotiation, and commercial loan workouts. Katie has over fifteen years of experience in general business and corporate law, which has involved a myriad of issues as wide-ranging as real property title issues, employment law, small business and non-profit incorporation, commercial loan restructuring, collections and foreclosure, condemnation, and landlord-tenant law. Katie enjoys putting her diverse experience to work to help clients meet their business challenges.


Katie is privileged to work with a variety of clients, including national and regional banks, engineering firms, local insurance and financial advising businesses, research organizations, veterinary and medical practices, non-profits, and commercial and residential service providers. She regularly drafts, reviews, and negotiates employment contracts and severance agreements, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, and corporate governance and shareholder agreements. She has also prepared multi-faceted commercial loan packages, including promissory notes, loan agreements, borrowing authorizations, guaranties, assignments, and security agreements covering personal and real property. Katie drafts and negotiates master services agreements with biopharma study sponsors and clinical trial agreements with study sites, complex IT vendor contracts, service contracts for HVAC and pest control companies, and business purchase and sale agreements.

Katie also has extensive experience in commercial loan workouts and commercial foreclosures involving properties ranging from multi-million-dollar commercial buildings to residential subdivisions to vacant land. She has worked with businesses, large and small, to assist them in getting organized or incorporated and structuring ownership and governance.

Representative Matters

  • Represented national bank in complex settlement and liquidation involving multiple residential developments in varying stages of completion.
  • Worked with lender in successful workout with contentious borrower involving multiple franchises, real property, restaurant equipment, and corporate stock as collateral.
  • Successfully negotiated services agreements between local contract research organization and leading international pharmaceutical companies.

Speaking and Publications

Katie has presented CLE topics, including Title Issues in the Foreclosure Process and Workout Context and Creating and Enforcing Easements.

Education and Memberships

Katie earned her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and her B.A. from Smith College.  Katie was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in 2005, and is also admitted to practice in the Eastern Federal District of North Carolina.  She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

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