Kathryn F. (Taylor) Abernethy has extensive experience in State and Federal courts, arbitration, mediation, administrative actions, and civil appeals. Licensed in both North Carolina and Illinois, Ms. Abernethy was named an “Illinois Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine (a publication of Key Media) in both 2010 and 2011. Her previous clients include Fortune 50 companies, private equity firms, advocacy groups and individuals, and she has litigated cases across the United States – from New York to San Francisco, from Dallas to Detroit, and numerous points in between. She is admitted in the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Seventh Circuits, as well as in numerous federal district courts across the country.
Ms. Abernethy received her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2001, where she was selected for the Order of the Coif (top 10% of graduating class) and served as an Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Quarterly. She started her legal career in the Chicago litigation department of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where she was elevated to Partner in 2007. In 2011, Ms. Abernethy joined the international law firm of K&L Gates as Of Counsel in their Research Triangle Park, North Carolina office. She founded Abernethy Law in 2017.
Ms. Abernethy has written and presented on civil litigation topics including e-discovery, insurance coverage, design-and-build contracts, the Medicare appeals process, civil procedure and the effective use of expert witnesses in litigation. She is currently an adjunct professor with Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in Raleigh, North Carolina, teaching E-Discovery.
In her spare time, Ms. Abernethy writes screenplays and engages in filmmaking activities. She is the recipient of the 2014 Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays, and the Writer and Director of the 2016 horror/ thriller movie The Evil Gene.