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Kate Barnaby works as a Compliance Staff Attorney at Michigan Farm Bureau. Prior to working at Michigan Farm Bureau, Ms. Barnaby worked as a Attorney/Compliance & Regulatory Specialist for Farm Bureau Insurance. Ms. Barnaby has also worked in private practice, handling a wide variety of litigation, transactional, and regulatory matters for firm clients. Ms. Barnaby has extensive experience in the insurance and oil and gas industries. She was named an Up & Coming Lawyer in Michigan by Michigan Lawyer's Weekly in 2012, and currently holds the AINS and AIC insurance designations.







Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 50%
  2. General Practice: 25%
  3. Business: 25%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael Scott Hill

    I had the pleasure of working with Kate and have seen her outstanding attention to detail and tenacious advocacy firsthand. I wouldn't hesitate to refer clients to her.


    Michael Hill Foreclosure Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Nancy R. Eaton

    Mrs. Barnaby is a consummate professional. She is dedicated to ensuring that her clients receive only the best representation. While she is a young lawyer, she has an extraordinary amount of experience that stretches well beyond her years. Whether it be in general litigation, property, or business law, Kate excels! Further, her work in the Oil and Gas regulation field has earned her a much deserved reputation as one of Michigan's best and brightest "Up and Coming Lawyers" (Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 2012). I wholeheartedly endorse Mrs. Barnaby and the wonderful work she performs for her clients and the legal community.


    Nancy Eaton Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies

7373 W. Saginaw Hwy.
Lansing, MI, 48917


MIActive And In Good Standing201011/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Up & Coming Lawyer 2012Michigan Lawyers Weekly2012
Appointed as a Member of the MOGA Legal & Legislative CommitteeMichigan Oil & Gas Association2011
Certificate of Merit - Estate PlanningThomas M. Cooley Law School2010
Certificate of Merit - Alternative Dispute ResolutionThomas M. Cooley Law School2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Compliance & Regulatory AttorneyFarm Bureau Insurance of Michigan2013 - Present
AttorneyThe Gallagher Law Firm, PLC2010 - 2013
Legal InternAuto-Owners Insurance Company2009 - 2010
Faculty Research AssistantThomas M. Cooley Law School2008 - 2008
Campaign Election Volunteer2008 Presidential Election Campaign2008 - 2008
Student AssistantGaran Lucow & Miller, PC2005 - 2005
Legal AssistantThe Gallagher Law Firm, PLC2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Michigan, Insurance and Indemnity Law SectionMember2013 - Present
Property Casualty Insurers AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Association of Mutual Insurance CompaniesMember2013 - Present
Life Insurers Association of MichiganMember2013 - Present
Council of Petroleum Accountants Societies - COPASMember2012 - 2013
National Association of Lease Title Analysts - NALTAMember2012 - 2013
International Right of Way Association - IRWAMember2011 - 2013
American Land Title Association - ALTAMember2010 - 2013
Michigan Land Title Association - MLTAMember2010 - 2013
State Bar of Michigan, Business Law SectionMember2010 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law SectionMember2010 - Present
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - RMMLFMember2010 - 2013
American Association of Professional Landmen - AAPLMember2010 - 2013
Michigan Association of Professional Landmen - MAPLMember2010 - 2013
Michigan Oil and Gas Association - MOGAMember2010 - 2013
Michigan Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
The State Bar of Michigan - Journal of Insurance & Indemnity Law Volume 7, No. 3Ambiguity in the Insurance Contract: The Doctrine of Contra Proferentem and the Use of Extrinsic Evidence to Resolve Ambiguity2014
American Bar Assication, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Vol.1, No.15 Common Title Issues Found in Mineral Title Examination2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD2010
Siena Heights UniversityDouble Major in English & Philosophy: Minor in Pre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts2005
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Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
EISD Insurance ProgramInsurers; How and Why They are Regulated2014
Legal & Regulatory Issues in the Oil & Gas IndustryThe Compulsory Pooling Process in Michigan2013
IRWA General Membership Meeting - A Continuing Education Seminar for Brokers & AppraisersCommon Title Issues in the Oil & Gas Industry2013
35th Annual MAPL Fall SeminarCommon Title Issues in the Oil & Gas Industry2012