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Catherine Barbaree focuses her practice on employment-related litigation.

Named among the top firms in Texas for Labor & Employment in Chambers USA 2020 by Chambers and Partners

Representative Matters

  • Represent employers in litigation matters involving allegations of discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour violations, ERISA violations, negligent hiring/supervision/retention, breach of contract, covenants not-to-compete, and tortious interference
  • Defend 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
  • Counsel and advise employers on relevant statutes and laws including Title VII, the TCHRA, FLSA, ADEA, and ERISA

Prior Employment

  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2015
  • Intern, Office of United States Senator Mary Landrieu, 2012

Honors & Affiliations


  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Special Events Chair, Slipper Club of Dallas

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2017, magna cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law; Order of the Coif; Associate Managing Editor, Science and Technology Law Review; Board of Advocates (National Trial Advocacy and Association of Justice Mock Trial Teams), 2015-2016; Student Attorney, Chief Counsel, SMU Criminal Justice Clinic, 2016
  • B.A., English, 2014, cum laude, Boston College; Mock Trial Team


  • Texas
  • 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