Lobbying Affiliate: MML&K Government Solutions
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Kentucky, 2020


Law Clerk, Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, 2018


University of Kentucky College of Law,
Lexington, Kentucky, J.D., 2019

  • Law Journal: Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law: Production Editor; Note Published
  • Honors: CALI Award in Legal Writing & Research, Kentucky Legal Writing & Research

Transylvania University,
Lexington, KY, B.A., 2013

  • Major: Art History
  • Minors: History & Studio Art
  • Honors: Cum Laude


Katherine Moore Donnelly is a member of McBrayer PLLC’s intellectual property practice. A large part of Katherine’s practice also focuses on transactional work, specifically, contract review and negotiation of commercial agreements involving supply chain and energy transactions, and construction agreements. Katherine uses strategic expertise and clear, concise communication to preserve clients' interests. She recognizes the importance of a client-centered approach and maintains an ethical standard to build trust within client relationships.

Katherine’s practice in the primary areas of intellectual property and transactional law has granted her the skills to expertly safeguard and maximize clients’ intellectual property assets, while also allowing her to develop an understanding and appreciation of the importance of client business, risk, and intellectual property considerations when reviewing commercial or construction agreements. In addition to contract review and negotiation, she drafts and reviews licenses, assignments, and other forms of agreements involving intellectual property. Katherine assists with infringement litigation, prosecuting trademark and copyright registration applications, and litigating trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings. Her execution is thorough, and clients can trust her to provide comprehensive contract review services. Providing reliable and cost-effective service with integrity is Katherine’s main objective, always working toward achieving the best possible outcome for the client. Professionally, Katherine participates in the Kentucky Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and Intellectual Property Law Group and is a member of the International Trademark Association.

When she is not practicing, Katherine enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and two dogs. She is fond of traveling and reads in her spare time.

Capabilities, Successes, and Assignments

  • Analyze and evaluate all aspects of commercial agreements to ensure client interests are protected and potential risks are mitigated effectively.
  • Successfully negotiated and managed a $10 million construction agreement and oversaw the ongoing legal aspects of the project for the development of a client’s headquarters.
  • Reviews and negotiates supply chain agreements for a gas, transmission, and pipeline group (commercial agreements).
  • Drafts assignments, licenses, and coexistence agreements involving intellectual property assets.

Additional Practice Experience


Community/Civic Leadership

  • Lexington Art League Board Member, 2021-2022
  • Lexington Art League Board, Executive Member, Secretary, 2023-2024

Professional Activities

  • Kentucky Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division
  • Kentucky Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Group
  • International Trademark Association

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