Catherine Knight grew up in Atlanta, and she attended The Westminster Schools, alpha-omega. Catherine graduated cum laude from Princeton University. At Emory University School of Law, where she was a Woodruff Scholar and served on the executive committee of and was published by the Emory Law Journal, Catherine's grades landed her within the top ten students of her class, and she graduated with distinction.
Respected by her professional peers, Catherine has throughout her legal career received various annual recognitions such as Atlanta Magazine’s Rising Star, Atlanta Magazine’s Super Lawyer, and Georgia Trend Magazine’s Legal Elite. Catherine was honored by Atlanta Business Chronicle for her successful divorce practice, receiving the Up and Comers in Atlanta Award. Further, Catherine has authored and presented papers at numerous legal conferences, and served on the executive committee of the family law section of the Georgia Bar Association. She appeared on Georgia public television to train the public and professionals in the child support guidelines, and travelled the state educating lawyers and judges alike on legislation.
Having formerly worked in corporate law at Davis Polk &Wardwell in New York City in the early 1990s, Catherine has a business and stock market acumen which aids in complex cases. Upon returning to her native Atlanta in the mid-1990s, Catherine worked with the firms of Warner Mayoue & Bates, as well as Davis Mathews & Quigley, before becoming a founding partner at Boyd Collar Knight, LLC.
Catherine values her reputation as both a vigorous advocate in the courtroom and a reasonable negotiator in settlement. Sensitive to the fact that there is a family behind every family law case, Catherine is empathetic to the stress clients are under during the process of divorce, listening carefully to and respecting her client’s and a family’s particular needs. Her approach to each client is highly personalized, allowing for strategy in each aspect of the case. She does not hesitate to tell her clients what they may not want to hear, when a position is untenable, or a result, unrealistic. While she effectively fights to protect and advance her clients’ goals, Catherine is committed to achieving the most favorable results with the least amount of conflict necessary.
On a personal note, Catherine no longer has a "bucket list." Having had the opportunity to take time off for three years, Catherine lived/worked on a farm with 32 barnyard animals (and a lot of mud), studied and performed stand-up comedy with some success (very modest), did a few wild things for which she needs divine forgiveness (no lasting regrets), and wrote her mid-life memoirs (likely forever, unpublished). Best of all, Catherine spent real live"quality" time with her beautiful daughter, which she had dreamed of doing for years, and she got remarried.
And then she realized ... she needed to keep her day-job.
Luckily, she is pretty good at her day job.
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Robert Tharp, Divorce and separation Attorney
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We have been fortunate enough to have Catherine join our team at Meriwether & Tharp. As part of her joining our team, I have been able to work directly with her in transitioning cases. Her experience is obvious from issue spotting to creative resolution analysis. She has an exceptional ability to listen to clients and help them better understand the divorce process as well as their options proceeding forward. I strongly recommend her.
Patrick Meriwether, Divorce and separation Attorney
I endorse this lawyer. We are excited that Catherine has joined our team at Meriwether & Tharp. Her reputation as a skilled negotiator and trial attorney preceded her. Those who have dealt with her know she is a consummate professional.
|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1995||03/30/2013|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Atlanta Magazine||2008|
|Super Lawyer||Atlanta Magazine||2007|
|Legal Elite||Georgia Trend Magazine||2006|
|Up and Comer - 40 under 40||Atlanta Business Chronicle||2006|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Atlanta Magazine||2006|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Atlanta Magazine||2005|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Atlanta Magazine||2004|
|Super Lawyer Rising Star||Atlanta Magazine||2003|
|Partner||Boyd Collar Knight, LLC||2005 - 2008|
|Associate||Davis, Matthews & Quigley||2002 - 2005|
|Associate||Warner, Mayoue & Bates||1995 - 2001|
|Associate||Davis Polk & Wardwell (New York & Paris)||1993 - 1995|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Georgia||N/A||N/A|
|Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section||Executive Committee Member||2007 - 2008|
|Emory Law Journal||Should God Regulate Religious Non-Profits||1993|
|Emory University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1993|
|Princeton University||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1989|
|Family Law Conference||Divorce and Death||2004|