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Catherine E. M. Barker

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lawrence, KS

5.0   6 reviews

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For Catherine, being a family law attorney means offering her clients candid and supportive counsel to help guide them through difficult periods of their life. She brings a genuine sense of compassion, reasoning and fearlessness to her practice, assuring her clients that with time and the right solutions, their situations will get better. Over the past 17 years, Catherine has successfully resolved hundreds of marital dissolutions and family law battles using traditional litigation and collaborative law principles.

When she’s not working, Catherine enjoys spending time with her family and exploring the great outdoors!

Licensed for 20 years
State KS
Status Authorized to practice law
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/08/2022
State OR
Status Inactive
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/09/2022

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Riling Burkhead & Nitcher, Chtd.
808 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS, 66044


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Posted by Jennifer | September 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Above and Beyond Excellent
I feel so blessed to have had the honor of having Catherine Barker as my lawyer. I hired her in regards to a custody case that had 2 states involved and the circumstances were complicated. Catherine was very professional and knowledgeable. She always took the time to fully listen and seemed to genuinely care about my individual situation. Also, she responded promptly and informatively to all my concerns and questions and made me feel so much more at ease throughout the process. She straightened out the complications and resolved the case in a very efficient manner with the outcome ending up just as I had hoped for. She went above and beyond any expectations or hopes that I had and truly amazed me with her kindness as well as her proficiency. I am quite grateful to have found such an outstanding lawyer and very strongly recommend having Catherine as an advocate.
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Posted by Emily | February 25, 2015
Highly Recommended
Catherine represented and helped me navigate through my divorce in 2014. I couldn't have asked for a more reliable expert. She guided me through child custody issues and some harsh accusations from my ex-husband. She kept me sane through one of the most difficult years of my life. During a pendent lite hearing, her arguments impressed the Judge and ultimately led to a quick settlement. She understands the law, personality of the judges, and works well with opposing counsel. She was honest with me and set reasonable expectations. Catherine is a hard worker and I have the utmost respect for her. I would highly, highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2014
Best family lawyer in town- so grateful!
When I realized that I needed a really good lawyer, I felt scared because I had no idea what I was doing or ever thought I would be in this situation. I went to Gervertz Menashe law firm and was lucky to be placed with Catherine Barker- she immediately eased my way by taking the time to get to know me and listen to my situation. Her experience and professionalism in family law exceeded my expectations. There was a lot of drama from the other party during my path to divorce, and Ms.Barker always knew when the drama mattered to the court and when it did not. She continually relieved me of my anxiety; she answered my questions as quickly and as concisely as possible, all the while making sure I understood what it all meant. Ms. Barker truly cares. She helped me to get a fair deal. She saved me from having to battle in court---all because she was my advocate and on my side every step of the way. I highly recommend Ms. Barker to anyone. Her philosophy is that “it will get better” and her attitude and experience really will help you to get there.
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Posted by Krista | October 10, 2014
Very helpful. Very professional.
Catherine assisted me with my divorce. From the beginning she was very understanding and helped ensure that I understood every step of the process as well as my rights in the property settlement and parenting time. She was very professional and represented my interests very well. I would easily recommend her and have done so to other people in similar situations.
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Posted by Lora | October 9, 2014
An Excellent Family Law Attoney
Catherine Barker handled my divorce for me. She took the time to listen to me, but kept me focused too. She was very level headed in her advice and made a difficult time much easier. She helped to keep me from getting caught up in the turmoil that happens with these things. She took care of everything promptly and thoroughly, and gave me invaluable advice. She went over things I hadn't even thought about to make sure that I was being treated fairly re: custody/property division/taxes. Catherine is assertive when she needs to be, and always practical. She also takes time to listens to concerns. She always has her clients best interest in mind. I was very thankful that I had Catherine working for me. I would recommend Catherine to anyone needing a solid family law attorney.
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Posted by Sarah | October 8, 2014
A highly professional, compassionate, aggressive attorney
When my marriage dissolved into a highly contentious, dramatic mess, all I knew was that I needed a lawyer fast. I got a quick and empathetic response from Gevurtz & Menashe and Catherine was recommended to me for my case. She acknowledged the importance of handling my case quickly and got to work. Every step of the way she kept me informed and responded to each of my emails almost immediately. She fought aggressively for me and in the end, I got everything I was asking for. She was very knowledgeable and knew exactly what to expect from the trials. Despite what felt like a constant stream of potentially damaging motions from the opposition, she kept me optimistic and supported me when things felt helpless. She worked hard and fast from start to finish, and in the end, the entire divorce was over in 3 months! I highly recommend Catherine.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Riling Burkhead & Nitcher, Chtd.
  • 2019 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Barker Family Law LLC
  • 2015 - 2019
  • Attorney
  • Gevurtz Menashe Larson & Howe, PC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Riling Burkhead & Nitcher, Chtd.
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Stahancyk, Kent & Hook, PC
  • 2004 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • St. Andrew Legal Clinic
  • 2003 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Legal Aid Services Of Oregon
  • 2002 - 2003
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  • University of Kansas School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2001
  • University of Kansas
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • 1998


  • Multnomah County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Washington County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Oregon Womens Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Oregon Womens Lawyers
  • Representing Domestic Violence Survivors
  • 2006

Attorney endorsements

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Given (3)
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Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine is a strong advocate for her clients. She has the perfect mix of experience, empathy, and skill to be a great divorce lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Catherine is a highly professional and knowledgable attorney. I endorse her without reservation."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Catherine Barker and I are former co-workers, and we worked together on several cases. She is knowledgeable about all areas of family law, is a strong advocate for her clients, and practical and solution-oriented."

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Lawrence Divorce and separation Lawyer Catherine E. M. Barker
Catherine E. M. Barker
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lawrence, KS
Licensed for 20 years