Catherine Barbaree

Barbaree, Catherine J.


Catherine Barbaree is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Dallas office. Ms. Barbaree focuses her practice on employment-related litigation.

Ms. Barbaree represents employers in litigation matters involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) violations, negligent hiring/supervision/retention, breach of contract, covenants not-to-compete and tortious interference. She defends employers against charges of discrimination filed with federal and state agencies, including conducting fact-finding investigations, investigating claims and available defenses, drafting position statements, drafting dispositive motions, objecting and responding to requests for discovery and preparing settlement agreements. Ms. Barbaree also counsels and advises employers on relevant statutes and laws, including Title VII, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act (TCHRA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and ERISA.

While in law school, Ms. Barbaree was an extern for Senior Judge A. Joe Fish. She also served as an associate managing editor of the SMU Science and Technology Law Review as a student attorney and later chief attorney of the SMU Dedman School of Law Criminal Justice Clinic.


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Boston College, B.A., English, cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Slipper Club of Dallas
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2022
  • Ones to Watch, The Best Lawyers in America guide, Dallas Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022