Kathryn F. Abernethy

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Chapel Hill, NC

The Noble Law
 | 141 Providence Rd, Suite 210
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone: 919-251-6008
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011
Licensed Since: 2012
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (40%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Kathryn F. (Taylor) Abernethy joined The Noble Law employment law firm in January 2018 following more than 15 years in the defense bar at large international law firms. Ms. Abernethy has represented clients in matters arising under Title VII, the North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (“REDA”), the North Carolina Whistleblower Statute, the North Carolina False Claims Act, the North Carolina Wage & Hour Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other state and federal employment statutes.  Ms. Abernethy has extensive background and experience as a litigator in class and collective action cases.  She has also developed significant experience with navigating the regulatory frameworks surrounding medical practice and related industries.  Among other things, Ms. Abernethy has represented physicians and medical providers in Administrative Law Judge proceedings and appeals before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with respect to licensure proceedings.

    Ms. Abernethy has litigated cases in State and Federal Courts all over the United States, from Manhattan to San Francisco, and from Detroit to Dallas. She also has extensive experience in arbitration, mediation and in courts of appeals. She is admitted to practice before the State Bars of both North Carolina and Illinois, and in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Circuits. She has written and presented on topics relating to e-discovery, civil procedure, insurance coverage and the Medicare payment process.

    Ms. Abernethy received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 2001. She graduated Order of the Coif (top 10% of law school graduating class), and was an Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. While practicing as an employment attorney in Chicago, Ms. Abernethy was named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine in 2010 and 2011.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Employment & Labor: Employee
    • 40%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
    • 10%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Arbitration, Mediation, Appeals


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    Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

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    About Kathryn Abernethy

    Admitted: 2012, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage: https://thenoblelaw.com/katie-abernethy/


    • Named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2010 and 2011
    • Order of the Coif (top 10% of law school graduating class), Washington University School of Law

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuits
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuits
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Seventh Circuits
    • United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuits
    • Illinois
    • North Carolina

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Lawyers for Good Government
    • N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly

    Educational Background:

    • Bachelor of Arts in History from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri
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    Office Location for Kathryn F. Abernethy

    141 Providence Rd
    Suite 210
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Phone: 919-251-6008

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    Last Updated: 2/17/2021

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