Kathryn F. Abernethy

Top rated Employment & Labor attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The Noble Law
Kathryn F. Abernethy
The Noble Law

Practice Areas: Employment & Labor, Employment Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in North Carolina since: 2012

Education: Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

The Noble Law

141 Providence Rd
Suite 210
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Visit website


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

Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate, Civil Rights

Focus areas

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

  • 40% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 30% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% Civil Rights

First Admitted: 2001, Illinois

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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Lawyers for Good Government
  • N.A.A.C.P. (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
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
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Arts in History from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Tracy Sempowich, a former employee of Tactile Systems Technology, made claims against her former employer of discrimination and retaliation, as well as claims under the Equal Pay Act. She was represented by Kathryn Abernethy of The Noble Law. The Fourth Circuit found that the District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina had erred in dismissing Sempowich’s claims of discrimination and retaliation, and also applied an incorrect legal standard to Sempowich’s claims under the Equal Pay Act. The matter was remanded for further proceedings consistent with that opinion., 2021
Industry Groups:
  • Education (Title IX)

Office location for Kathryn F. Abernethy

141 Providence Rd
Suite 210
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone: 919-251-6008


3 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2011

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