Katherine Dowell



A lot of words come to mind when people think of lawyers, but “real,” “gritty,” and “salty” usually aren’t among them.

But when I first set foot in a courtroom as a baby lawyer, I knew that I always wanted to be real – 100% authentic, upfront, and transparent. I am a normal person. I am more than a little salty. I work really, really hard. And I just happen to be an attorney.


The path to becoming a lawyer wasn’t easy, and being a good lawyer is even harder. But I’m always striving to improve the client experience and my process. That’s why I offer perks that you just won’t see at other real estate law firms. I use top of the line technology. I offer mobile closings. I employ extra security measures so you never have to sweat something happening to your sensitive data. And you get access to me seven days a week. (Yes, I’ve been known to take client calls on weekends. And I love it. Just don’t mind the kid-noise in the background.)

This comes from the struggle behind the business. I started it when I was ready-to-pop pregnant with my third baby, and when I say the business was grassroots, it literally was. We opened our North Raleigh office in a whirlwind in December 2017. Within a few months, I was handling closings with a baby strapped to my chest, spit-up covered shirt right on point. Since then, the business has taken off, I’ve grown my team, and I’ve worked again and again to make the process easier and smoother for my clients.

And dare I say, it’s working.


I love to work, but when I’m not hunkered in the office, coffee in hand, you might run into me on the golf course, struggling to dock my boat (sorry if you’ve had to witness that), reading fiction novels right in the middle of my chaotic, super-lived-in living room, and drinking wine with friends. But I’m no sommelier. And if you know what that is, you’re not my people.

(But it’s okay. We can still be friends.)

I am a wife, a mom to three, a golf enthusiast, and a lover of wine and romance novels. But most importantly,

my family – and my tribe – are everything.


Okay, so I know stuffy lawyer stuff isn’t important, but if it is to you, let me show you how it’s done. While in law school, I competed on a moot court team, served in Campbell’s Senior Law Clinic, studied under two North Carolina Supreme Court Justices, and clerked for the Department of Justice’s Appellate Division.

I’m a Raleigh native and a magna cum laude graduate of NC State, where I double- majored in Philosophy of Law and Political Science with a Law and Justice concentration. I earned my JD at Campbell Law School and have been licensed to practice in North Carolina since 2014.

Before launching Raleigh Real Estate Law in December 2017, I started and grew a successful civil litigation law firm, where I specialized in family law and estate planning. As they say, the rest is history.

More boring lawyer stuff: I am a former member of the Board of Governors of North Ridge Country Club, and current member of the Real Estate Lawyers Association of North Carolina, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Wake County Bar Association, and the Tenth Judicial District Bar, and I’m admitted to practice in all North Carolina courts.

Our Firm has been nominated multiple times for the Best Law Firm in the News and Observer’s Raleigh’s Best annual contest. I’ve also been selected for the following fancy lawyer lists (all of which prohibit soliciting votes for oneself, are based on votes of other practicing attorneys, and include some combination of peer review by practice area and independent research evaluation of candidates):
2021 – Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite List
2022 – Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite List
2022 – Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars List (a Thomson Reuters Business)
2023 – Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite List
2023 – Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars List (a Thomson Reuters Business)
2024 – Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars List (a Thomson Reuters Business)