Posted: June 26th, 2013 | By: Russell Rawlings
Catharine Biggs Arrowood (’73, ’76) of Raleigh is the new president-elect of the North Carolina Bar Association. Her election transpired on Saturday, June 22, at the NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.
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.
“It is a tremendous honor to serve this wonderful organization,” Arrowood said. “I firmly believe in the stated mission of the North Carolina Bar Association to promote the administration of justice and the highest standards of integrity and professional competence.
“I look forward to working with the 17,500 members of the Association toward the accomplishment of that mission.”
Arrowood’s name was placed in nomination by Martin Brinkley, immediate past president of the NCBA who chaired the Past Presidents’ Council that selected Arrowood. Seconding speeches were provided by fellow Parker Poe partner Cindy Wittmer and Judge Linda McGee of the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Members in attendance at the annual meeting unanimously approved the nomination, after which the past presidents in attendance ushered Arrowood to the stage.
Arrowood is no stranger to volunteer leadership, whether it’s the NCBA or other organizations she has served in Wake County and beyond. Most recently she has served as chair of the statewide N.C. Symphony Society. She served on the NCBA Board of Governors from 2007-10 and as chair of the Women in the Profession Committee from 2004-06.
Additionally, Arrowood is a past president of the Wake County Bar Association and the 10th Judicial District Bar. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, has chaired its International Committee and currently chairs the North Carolina State Committee.
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 is a native of Robeson County and a 1969 graduate of Lumberton High School. Her father, the late I. Murchison Biggs, practiced law in Lumberton for more than 50 years, where her mother Janis Biggs still resides. Mr. Biggs is a member of the NCBA General Practice Hall of Fame.
Arrowood 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.
Arrowood will serve as president-elect in 2013-14 and assume office as president on Saturday, June 25, 2014 at the 116th NCBA Annual Meeting in Wilmington.