RALEIGH — Catharine Biggs Arrowood, a Lumberton native and partner with the Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein law firm in Raleigh, was sworn in as the 120th president of the North Carolina Bar Association on Saturday at the Wilmington Convention Center during the organization’s annual banquet.
Arrowood is the fifth female president since the association was established in 1899. As part of her new role, she will preside over all meetings of the NCBA Board of Governors and the NCBA Foundation board of directors.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve this important organization,” Arrowood said. “I recognize the significant role that the North Carolina Bar Association plays in promoting the administration of justice and the highest standards of integrity and professional competence.”
Before her 37 years with Parker Poe, Arrowood served as an associate attorney general for the North Carolina Department of Justice. Her practice areas include commercial litigation and arbitration, including antitrust and business torts, intellectual property litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and class action defense.
She was named “Lawyer of the Year” in Antitrust Law for 2013 by Best Lawyers and, for the past four years, has been ranked among the “Top 100 Lawyers” and “Top 50 Female Lawyers” by North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Arrowood previously served for four years on the NCBA Board of Governors and as chair of the Women in the Profession Committee from 2004 to 2006. She was recognized by the NCBA in 2011 as the recipient of the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award.
Arrowood’s father, the late Murchison Biggs, practiced law in Robeson County for more than 50 years and was inducted into the NCBA’s General Practice Hall of Fame.
“We are honored to have Catharine Arrowood serve as our 2014-2015 president,” said Allan Head, executive director of the NCBA. “Her leadership in the business and legal community make her well prepared to lead NCBA.”
“Catharine’s depth of experience and breadth of leadership expertise will serve her well as she leads our professional association,” said Kevin Chignell, managing partner of Parker Poe’s Raleigh office. “On behalf of everyone at our firm, we are proud to have her as a colleague and as president of the NCBA.”