Katherine B. Barnes

Katherine B.

Barnes

Overview

Katherine is a member of Butler Snow’s Regulatory and Government group. Her practice focuses on administrative, environmental, and regulatory law.

Industry

Experience

  • Katherine served as Senior Associate Counsel at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation before joining Butler Snow. In her more than seven years with TDEC, she litigated complex and high-profile enforcement cases, permit appeals, and related regulatory matters. She also advised TDEC leadership in policymaking and research initiatives, including in significant and emerging areas of environmental and regulatory interest. She has broad experience in environmental law, with a focus in water law and solid and hazardous waste law, and her practice touches on numerous diverse areas including administrative, property, and contract law. 

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2013

Education

  • Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2013
    • Dean’s List
    • Land Use Clinician
    • Environmental Law Society
    • Excellence in Legal Research
  • Vermont Law School, M.E.L.P., magna cum laude, 2013
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 0
    • Dean’s List
    • Order of the Gownsmen Academic Honor Society
    • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society
  • LUISS Business School, Rome, Italy, Italian Language, History, and Art History, 2004

Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division

Papers, Presentations & Publications

  • Presenter, "PFAS from a Tennessee Perspective," American Bar Association Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Conference, September 2022.

Katherine B.

Barnes

Overview

Katherine is a member of Butler Snow’s Regulatory and Government group. Her practice focuses on administrative, environmental, and regulatory law.

Industry

Experience

  • Katherine served as Senior Associate Counsel at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation before joining Butler Snow. In her more than seven years with TDEC, she litigated complex and high-profile enforcement cases, permit appeals, and related regulatory matters. She also advised TDEC leadership in policymaking and research initiatives, including in significant and emerging areas of environmental and regulatory interest. She has broad experience in environmental law, with a focus in water law and solid and hazardous waste law, and her practice touches on numerous diverse areas including administrative, property, and contract law. 

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2013

Education

  • Vermont Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2013
    • Dean’s List
    • Land Use Clinician
    • Environmental Law Society
    • Excellence in Legal Research
  • Vermont Law School, M.E.L.P., magna cum laude, 2013
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 0
    • Dean’s List
    • Order of the Gownsmen Academic Honor Society
    • Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society
  • LUISS Business School, Rome, Italy, Italian Language, History, and Art History, 2004

Associations

  • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section
    • Young Lawyers Division

Papers, Presentations & Publications

  • Presenter, "PFAS from a Tennessee Perspective," American Bar Association Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources Conference, September 2022.