Katie McDiarmid is an associate in Moore & Van Allen’s Litigation group. Katie focuses on white collar criminal defense, internal and government investigations, and complex civil litigation.

Katie regularly practices in state and federal court. Katie’s experience ranges from pre-litigation stages through trial. Katie’s skills have been leveraged in fact-discovery, forensic analysis, motions practice, and assistance with oral argument.

While attending law school, Katie enjoyed the advantage of summer clerkships with the Honorable Paul M. Newby, now Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina and the Honorable Richard L. Voorhees, U.S. Senior District Court Judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. These opportunities gave Katie invaluable insights into the importance of thorough preparation and ethical advocacy that is persuasive.

Prior to law school, Katie was a corps member with Teach for America in the Piedmont Triad Region. It is through teaching high school math that Katie refined her attention to detail and developed her skill at breaking down complex topics into simpler and relatable explanations.

Katie’s Teach for America experience let her see first-hand the value of giving back to the community. Katie is active and engaged in pro bono activities ranging from petitioning for conviction expunctions to give people a fresh start to representing domestic violence survivors.

Representative Experience

  • Member of the successful trial team that defended the former CEO of a national poultry producer against criminal antitrust conspiracy charges in three truly extraordinary consecutive multi-week trials that ultimately resulted in acquittal for our client and acquittal or dismissal for all nine other defendants
  • Member of the team securing a temporary restraining order for employer against a former employee that had absconded with the employer’s confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information



  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020-2023
  • Chair, Dean's Advisory Council at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2018-2019

  • Treasure, Carolina Public Interest Law Organization, 2017-2018

  • Group Leader, Office of Academic Excellence, Torts and Criminal Law Enrichment Group

  • Rookie Teacher of the Year, Teach for America in the Piedmont Triad Region

  • Summer Intern, Honorable Richard L. Voorhees in the Western District of North Carolina; and for the Honorable Paul M. Newby in the North Carolina Supreme Court

  • Chair, Anti-Hazing Taskforce for the Advancement of Greek Life at Florida State University

  • Chief Justice, Conduct Board & Panhellenic Vice President of Executive Affairs at Florida State University

  • Scholarship Recipient, Novak Hazing Institute




  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers of Charlotte
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association



  • Author, Is it a Violation of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to Require a Spouse to Guarantee a Loan? If Not, it Should be, 22 N.C. Banking Inst. 135, 2018


J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2019

B.S., Florida State University, 2014


  • South Carolina, 2021
  • North Carolina, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2021
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2022
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2022
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2019
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, 2022
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2023
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