525 N. Tryon Street | Suite 700
Charlotte NC  28202
Work Phone: 704-372-9870

Katherine S. Holliday

James, McElroy & Diehl, PA

After more than 30 years of practicing family law, Katie Holliday now limits her practice to family law cases that either utilize a Collaborative Family Law process or cases that can be resolved through informal settlement negotiations or mediation.  She is committed to helping her client and her client’s family avoid the financial, emotional and relationship costs of the traditional adversarial approach by utilizing a client-centered, client-controlled, cooperative approach to settling the issues arising from a family separation.  She believes respectful communication, voluntary disclosure of all relevant information and prioritizing the children’s needs and best interests lead to settlement outcomes that minimize the negative impact of separation and divorce and maximize the client’s ability to successfully co-parent. More information about the collaborative process can be found at www.mecklenburgcollaborative.org.

Katie is originally from Charlotte and began her professional career locally as a high school guidance counselor.  She graduated from Duke Law School in 1980, clerked for U.S. District Court Judge James B. McMillan and then joined James, McElroy & Diehl in 1981.

In 1984, Katie left James, McElroy & Diehl to pursue advocacy for children and to raise her own three children.  For thirteen years, she represented children in Juvenile Court and in custody cases, and was the director of the Children’s Law Center in Charlotte for ten years before returning to the firm in 1997.

Katie has been associated with the National Association of Counsel for Children for twenty years, first as a board member and then as president, and currently serves as legal counsel to the organization.  She has been active in the North Carolina Bar Association and helped found the Juvenile Justice and Children’s Rights Section, serving as its first chairperson.  She has been a member of the Mecklenburg County Bar Foundation Board of Directors since 2007 and is the incoming President.

Academic Background

  • J.D., Order of the Coif, Duke University School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1970
  • M.Ed. in Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 1973

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Named to the “North Carolina Super Lawyers” 2009-2016 editions-Family Law
  • Named to the 2009-2014 editions of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers ®- Family Law
  • Received the Council for Children’s Rights 2009 Dolly Award
  • Named 2009 Business North Carolina “Legal Elite”- Family Law
  • Co-founded the Mecklenburg County Collaborative Family Law Practice Group in 2001 and promotes the collaborative law process as an option in her full time family law practice

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