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Catharine Biggs Arrowood


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.

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

Ms. Arrowood 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." 

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

Results By the Numbers

  • 0 Attorneys named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers 2015
  • 0 Parker Poe Attorneys named Top 50 Women Lawyers in NC by Super Lawyers 2015

Featured Experience

Ms. Arrowood represents and advises clients on a variety of issues including:

  • Breach and enforcement of contracts, including construction, procurement and energy related matters
  • Commercial torts including fraud, interference with contract, theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, covenants not to compete and unfair competition
  • Antitrust, international competition and trade regulation issues
  • Corporate governance, breach of fiduciary duty and issues arising from the purchase and sale of businesses and removal of officers and directors

Ms. Arrowood is a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and regularly serves as an arbitrator. She is also a Certified Superior Court Mediator and currently serves as the Co-Chair of TerraLex’s Dispute Resolution Group. Ms. Arrowood serves as a member of the Board of Directors of UNC Rex Healthcare, Inc.

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Honors & Awards

  • Woodward/White’s The Best Lawyers in America in Antitrust Law, 2009-2017; Arbitration and Litigation – Antitrust, 2011-2017; Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2007-2017; Commercial Litigation, 2006-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” Raleigh, Arbitration, 2015, 2017; Antitrust Law, 2013, 2016; Litigation - Antitrust, 2014; Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year, 2009
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Litigation: General Commercial (Band 1) and Antitrust, 2007-2016
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers in Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2006-2017; Top 100 Lawyers and Top 50 Female Lawyers, 2010-2017
  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star – General Commercial, North Carolina, 2013-2017; Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2012-2016
  • 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, International Dispute Resolution Group, Co-Chair, 2012-2015
  • North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice, Legal Professionalism Committee, Chair, 2015
  • 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, Member, 2009-present
  • AAA National Roster of Neutrals, Member, 2003-present
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), Member, Energy Committee, 2005-present
  • Direct Women, Member of Executive Committee 2014-2015, Chair , Marketing Committee 2015-2016
  • UNC Rex Healthcare, Inc., Member, 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