Catharine Biggs Arrowood of Raleigh was installed as the 120th president of the North Carolina Bar Association on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Wilmington Convention Center. Arrowood practices law in Raleigh with Parker Poe, where she has been a partner since 1982. She joined the firm, then known as Sanford Cannon Adams and McCullough, in 1977.
Prior to joining Parker Poe, Arrowood served as an associate attorney general for the N.C. Department of Justice. She is a 1973 graduate of Wake Forest University and a 1976 graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law, where she was associate editor of the law review.
Arrowood served on the NCBA Board of Governors from 2007-10 and as chair of the Women in the Profession Committee from 2004-06. She is a past president of the Wake County Bar Association and the 10th Judicial District Bar. In addition, Arrowood is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has chaired its International Committee and currently chairs the North Carolina State Committee. She has also served as chair of the statewide N.C. Symphony Society
Arrowood is a native of Robeson County and a 1969 graduate of Lumberton High School. She was recognized by the NCBA in 2011 as the recipient of the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award and is a 2009 alumna of the ABA’s Direct Women program.
Arrowood is a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. She regularly serves as an arbitrator and is also a Certified Superior Court Mediator.
Her areas of practice include antitrust & business torts, intellectual property litigation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), class action defense, and other commercial litigation.