P.O. Box 442193
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
P: (785) 727-9789

Areas of Practice

Animal Law

Animal law is a rapidly growing area of law and involves everything from statutory provisions pertaining to owner responsibility to case law involving pets, exotic animals, farm animals, even wildlife. Animal law is Katie Barnett’s expertise. She is a zealous advocate for owners and their pets, and understands the unique nature of animals in the eyes of the law. Katie is the Co-Chair of the Companion Animal Subcommittee of the Animal Law Committee within the American Bar Association. She has organized a myriad of conferences and continuing education seminars for attorneys regarding animal law, has authored several articles on animal law in the ABA Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee newsletter, among others, and is a frequent speaker on animal law topics.

  • Animal Shelter/Rescue law (formation, contracts, liability, and more)
  • Dangerous/Vicious Dog law
  • Custody Disputes
  • Municipal and state animal legislation and lobbying

Katie also assists law enforcement and prosecutors on animal cruelty cases throughout the state of Kansas, as well as on an advisory level nationwide

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation)

Mediation is a method of resolving disputes, which may end in concrete results between the parties. The third party mediator facilitates the discussions between the parties and assists the negotiation phase to the end agreement. Whether you are battling for custody of your pet or need assistance negotiating a pending court case or are simply looking for an alternative method of resolving a dispute, the Barnett Law Office can assist in many capacities.

Katie Barnett has completed 24 hours of core mediation training under the guidelines of the Kansas Judicial Branch and Kansas Supreme Court Rule 902. She found her interest in mediation while she was a legislative attorney, as she balanced the interests of the advocates and residents with the boundaries and concerns of law-makers. Katie will ensure a fair, neutral, confidential, result-driven mediation.

  • Court ordered mediation through civil litigation and small claims
  • Neighborhood disputes
  • Custody disputes
  • Employment issues
  • Animal-related disputes involving sheltering, ownership, nuisance dogs, veterinary issues, and more

Intellectual Property

Merriam-Webster defines intellectual property as “property (as an idea, invention, or process) that derives from the work of the mind or intellect; also: an application, right, or registration relating to this.” Most commonly protected intellectual property are patents, trademarks, and copyrights, but can involve much more.

The Barnett Law Office can assist you with copyright and trademark issues. Copyrights are fixed in a tangible form of expression. Examples are abstract art, architecture, dance moves, computer software, music, or any creative work of authorship. Trademarks are the identifiers of goods or services; brand names.

As President of the Intellectual Property Law Student Association and having worked as the litigation paralegal for one of Kansas City’s premiere intellectual property law firms, Katie understands the basic concepts of intellectual property and respects the time, energy, and passion that goes into creating your own art or “brand.”

  • Registration and regulation of your copyright or trademark, including searches of various databases to determine trademark availability.
  • Enforcement of registered copyright or trademark (cease and desist letters, USPTO opposition and cancellations, litigation)
  • Licensing agreements

If you have a question or issue involving patents, the Barnett Law Office recommends you contact Hovey Williams, LLP.

Legislation and Lobbying

Legislation is a law enacted by a government, be it federal, state, or local, that is enforced within the limits of the Constitution.

Katie worked on issues surrounding public safety and humane treatment of animals prior to law school, and immediately dove into working on animal welfare legislation upon entering law school. First clerking for Best Friends Animal Society, then as a contract lobbyist, and finally as a legislative attorney, Katie is familiar with the legislative process. Whether you want better animal laws, equal rights for all persons, or a better life for our nation’s veterans, Katie can draft, lobby, manage, and advocate for a successful bill to become law.

Media on legislative efforts