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Catherine G. Clodfelter

Raleigh | 919.835.4036
Fax | 919.834.4564

Catherine Clodfelter maintains practices in municipal law and business litigation.

In her municipal law practice, Catherine helps local governments navigate a wide range of legal needs, including drafting and negotiating interlocal agreements and economic development agreements and reviewing and revising ordinances to comply with state and constitutional requirements. In particular, she advises local governments and businesses, including real estate developers, on their investments in infrastructure expansions to support new growth and development.

In litigation, she represents both local government units and business clients in state and federal constitutional challenges and procurement challenges. She’s also represented clients in state courts and before the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings and handled bankruptcy insolvency claims.

Her skill counseling clients on constitutional issues strengthens her local government practice. She helps municipalities advance policy solutions that fit the constitutional framework they fall under. She has advised on a range of ordinances, including sign, parade, picketing, and panhandling ordinances, code enforcement, and statutory compliance. She also has helped business clients and local governments expand their water and sewer systems to support growth, including through agreements with other municipalities.

Catherine previously served as a public health analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with the Center for Global Health's Policy, Legislation, and Budget Team. In this position, Catherine provided technical assistance on the role of law in supporting core public health activities.

Earlier in her career, she represented clients in bankruptcy proceedings after clerking for two judges in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina: the Honorable Benjamin A. Kahn and Chief Judge Catharine R. Aron.

Catherine earned her law degree from the UNC School of Law. Before law school, she earned a master's in public health from the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University.

She is a member of Parker Poe's Sustainability Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to prevent the purported general manager and operating manager of a company from acting without the consent of the majority of the company’s management committee.
  • As part of a team of Parker Poe litigators, represented public school districts before the North Carolina Supreme Court in the long-running Leandro case, which involves the state of North Carolina’s constitutional requirement to provide a sound basic education.
  • Represented businesses in litigation challenging state agency decisions impacting procurement processes and economic development projects.
  • Counseled a North Carolina city on the constitutional implications of its draft ordinance that aimed to increase affordable housing.
  • Advised a North Carolina city on an interlocal agreement with other municipalities to jointly own, manage, and operate an expanded water system to support a major economic development project.

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Honors & Awards

  • N.C. Bar Association's Inaugural Public Service Academy, 2017