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Catharine Biggs Arrowood

Raleigh | 919.890.4142
Fax | 919.835.4531

Catharine Arrowood litigates and arbitrates for both large and small businesses and has considerable experience with regulated companies. She focuses on resolving problems that threaten the viability of a business. Her clients have included educational institutions, utilities, insurance companies, accounting and law firms, health care and biotech firms, banks, and commercial aerospace companies.

Catharine has lectured and written on various aspects of complex litigation, including managing complex cases, federal civil procedure, arbitration, and mediation.

She is a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and she serves as the co-chair of TerraLex’s Dispute Resolution Group. In addition, she is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (NCDRC) as a Superior Court mediator.

Catharine has been recognized by Chambers USA as a Band 1 practitioner in Litigation: General Commercial, the first woman to achieve this ranking in North Carolina. Clients interviewed by Chambers reveal that when in court she "knows the facts, the strengths and weaknesses of both sides, and handles the case in the most effective manner for our needs."

In addition, she recently teamed up with clients to spend two days learning about increasing efficiencies together. Through that course hosted by Parker Poe, she earned a Yellow Belt Certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management from the Legal Lean Sigma Institute.

Prior to joining the firm, Catharine served as an associate attorney general, handling antitrust matters for the North Carolina Department of Justice.

Representative Experience

  • Advised clients on the breach and enforcement of contracts, including construction, procurement, and energy-related matters.
  • Represented clients in a broad range of issues involving commercial torts, including fraud, interference with contract, theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, covenants not to compete, and unfair competition.
  • Advised clients on antitrust, international competition, and trade regulation issues.
  • Counseled clients on corporate governance, breach of fiduciary duty, and issues arising from the purchase and sale of businesses and removal of officers and directors.

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Honors & Awards

  • Supreme Court of North Carolina's Amicus Curiae Award, 2017
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" in Raleigh for Antitrust Law, 2013, 2016, 2018; Arbitration, 2015, 2017; Antitrust Litigation, 2014; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2009
  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Antitrust Law, 2009-2018; Arbitration and Antitrust Litigation, 2011-2018; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2007-2018; Commercial Litigation, 2006-2018
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1) and Antitrust, 2007-2018
  • Benchmark Litigation, Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2012-2017; Local Litigation Star in North Carolina, 2013-2018
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2006-2018
  • Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” in Antitrust Law, 2005-2006 & 2008-2011, Hall of Fame and Top Vote-Getter, 2011, Litigation, 2005 & 2011
  • North Carolina Symphony’s Directors Award of Excellence, 2013
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly 2013 Women of Justice Award
  • Triangle Business Journal’s Most Influential Business Leaders, 2012
  • The North Carolina Bar Association’s H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award, 2011
  • Business Leader magazine’s 2007 Women Extraordinaire
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ in Antitrust & Business Torts; Intellectual Property Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Class Action Defense; Litigation; Commercial Litigation
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • North Carolina Bar Association, President, 2014-2015; Board of Governors, 2007-2010
  • TerraLex, Board of Directors, 2016-present; International Dispute Resolution Group, Co-Chair, 2012-present
  • North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, Legal Professionalism Committee, Chair, 2015
  • Aerospace, Aviation and National Security Panel of Arbitrators
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow since 2004; Chair, North Carolina State Committee, 2012-2013; Chair, International Committee, 2009-2011; Member, Editorial Board 2012-2015
  • Fourth Circuit Rules Committee, Member, 2006-2008; Chair, 2008-2011
  • Federal District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Umbrella Local Rules Committee, 2011-2014
  • ICDR Panel of Neutrals, 2009-present
  • AAA National Roster of Neutrals, 2003-present
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), Energy Committee, 2005-present
  • Direct Women, Member of Executive Committee 2014-2015, Chair , Marketing Committee 2015-2016
  • UNC Rex Healthcare, Inc., Board of Trustees, 2014-present
  • North Carolina Symphony Society, Board of Trustees, 2003-present; Treasurer, 2007-2009; Vice Chair, 2009; Chair, 2010-2013
  • North Carolina Conference of Bar Presidents, Member, 2008-present; Vice Chair, 2009-2010; Chair, 2010-2012
  • Wake County Bar Association and 10th Judicial District, President, 2007
  • North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society, President, 2008-2010
  • Wake Forest Law Board of Visitors, Member, 1998-2008, 2015-2016; Chair, 2001-2002
  • Sanford, Adams, McCullough & Beard, Chair, Management Committee, 1988-1990
  • Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, Management Committee, 1990-2001