J. Kate Harris Hatcher Partner

Kate is chair of the firm’s food and beverage industry group, a member of the firm's board of partners, and a member of the firm's strategic planning committee. She regularly advises global beverage and food companies on a variety of transactional topics.

In addition, she counsels many companies with their domestic and international procurement and supply chain needs by ensuring clients have strong contractual relationships and strategic partnering arrangements with their vendors and customers. Kate’s five-years’ in-house experience at an S&P 500 company gives her deep insight into her clients’ needs, priorities and goals from both legal and business perspectives. She routinely structures and negotiates complex commercial transactions involving acquisition of raw materials, components, goods and services; supply and manufacturing; disposition of assets; intellectual property development and licensing; outsourcing of non-core business functions; logistics and warehousing; risk management; boilerplate form development, design and web-based implementation; sales, reseller and distribution agreements; marketing, advertising, sponsorship and promotion arrangements; telecommunications; wireless and dedicated access; and professional services. Because technology is a critical function of a business’ supply chain, she regularly drafts and negotiates numerous types of technology agreements, from both the vendor and the licensee perspective, including those related to patent, source code and open source license agreements; collocation; hosting; escrow; maintenance and support; and virtualization.


Representation of global beverage companies in their complex commercial transactions and supply chain needs, including those related to distribution, data privacy, purchasing, outsourcing, facilities management, licensing, corporate sponsorships, energy, joint ventures, governmental contracts, etc.

Representation of a cable, high-speed online and digital phone services company in the negotiation and drafting of complex commercial contracts, including those related to fiber, equipment supply, procurement and disposition, technology, telecommunications, commercial services, subscriber services, promotions, sponsorship and vendor products.

Representation of large financial institutions in the negotiation and drafting of complex commercial contracts, including those related to supply, e-commerce, online billpay, technology, vendor and customer contracts.

Representation of international port terminal operations and logistics companies in negotiating numerous domestic and international technology, licensing, consulting services and telecommunications agreements, including outsourcing, technology transfer and acquisition and enterprise licensing.

Representation of an international property and casualty insurance company in the negotiation and drafting of multiple global information systems outsourcing and hosting agreements.

Representation of a global media company in negotiating and drafting master service agreements, including development, implementation, conversion, termination assistance, maintenance and support and output service agreements, along with all documentation for the multimillion dollar provision of subscriber management services to several Fortune 500 companies.

Representation of network security company in numerous hardware and software sale and licensing agreements for company products, domestic and international reseller, strategic alliance, sales agent, evaluation license, maintenance and support, web site linking, trademark, OEM and patent licensing agreements.

Restructured company’s internal business practices by converting numerous legal documents to click-wrap and shrink-wrap agreements.

  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, 1995
  • University of Virginia, BA, 1992

Board of Directors, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation, 2018-present

Member; Wake Forest University School of Law Board of Visitors, 2016-present

Member; Council, 2005-2010; Licensing Chair, 2006-2009, Intellectual Property Section, North Carolina Bar Association 

Liaison Partner, American Corporate Counsel Association, 2006-2009

Director, Board of Directors, 2004-2010; Executive Committee, 2007-2010; Chair, 2008, 2009, Alexander Youth Network

Sustainer; Active Member, 2000-2010, Junior League of Charlotte

Alumni Association and Reunion Committee, University of Virginia

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