Practice Areas

Businesses face many legal issues during the different stages of growth. At Harbour Business Law, our services focus on our client’s individual needs. Learn more about our practice areas below.

Attorney Profiles

Meet Your Future Legal Team

Tampa Bay has consistently ranked in the top 10 best cities to start and grow a business (source) over the last year. With the startup scene heating up, skilled professionals are stepping in to support the growth. Founding Attorney of Harbour Business Law, Katelyn J. Dougherty, is one of them.

Katelyn is accompanied by legal assistant Amber Ewald, whose inquisitive nature, passion for English, and affinity for all things related to water make her the ideal addition to Harbour Business Law.

In addition to her unique skill set and in-house team, Katelyn utilizes a fantastic array of contractors to meet the Harbour Business Law clients’ needs while working to build an internal team of like-minded individuals.

Katelyn J. Dougherty, Esq.

Katelyn J. Dougherty

Founding Attorney

Amber L. Ewald

Amber L. Ewald

Legal Assistant


Five stars isn’t enough to rate the support Katelyn and Harbour Business Law provided to me and my small business. Over the entirety of my 7-year journey, Katelyn was one of my biggest fans and trusted confidants. She is knowledgeable, professional, compassionate, and responsive, and as an entrepreneur herself she never hesitates to go the extra mile to drive client success.

Whether you are already an entrepreneur or looking to become one, Katelyn and Harbour Business Law are the counsel you need.

~Jeff Zeunik ~

Katie was so easy to work with. As a nurse, starting my own business, contracts and agreements that are necessary to do my business, are very important. I wanted to make sure my current service agreement and contracts met all applicable compliance recommendations. We worked together on the language and she provided valuable feedback and information that needed to be included, from a legal standpoint. If you are starting your own business, I highly recommend her services.

~Lori Schellenberg ~

Professional, knowledgeable, and speedy! We worked with Katelyn to file our trademark and the process was so smooth from start to finish. Highly recommend. I will be going back to HBL for all future legal work. Thank you, Katelyn!

~Morgan Barse ~

I highly recommend Katelyn for anyone in need of assistance in contract law. She was an all-star in handling our case and went above and beyond to ensure that our rights were protected. Communication was timely and professional throughout the process. Thank you Katelyn for your hard work and dedication to our case!

~Justin Pera ~

Katelyn is exceptional to work with.  I know my business is in the best of hands when she is taking care of it or providing me information.

~Nicole Carver~

Our corporation has worked with Katelyn for years to review client paperwork and maintain our annual reports. She’s quick to respond to emails and treats us kindly and ethically. I’m grateful to have her keeping track of our legal needs!

~Cassie Robertson~

Working with Katelyn is a dream. Highly intelligent, organized, and always positive. It is easy to see Katelyn always looks out for the very best for her clients. She has been a wonderful partner over the years.

~Jim Perkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Relationship Officer of Corporate Creations

Katelyn became my corporate attorney because of the professionalism and genuine care I’ve received from her since 2014. She was there at the very beginning; creating the “legal-ease” for my website, developing my contracts, and putting my fears to rest. She continues to have my best interests in mind and explains things so I fully understand my options. Her follow-up is timely and on point as well.

~Carrie Stiles~

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has utilized Ms. Dougherty’s services for a wide variety of trademark and copyright issues. She always makes the process incredibly easy and friendly for anyone, especially if you are not familiar with legal terminology, processes and more. Scope of work is always clearly communicated and timelines are strongly adhered to for all needs. We strongly recommend her services.

~James Zervios~

I found Katelyn to be exceptionally knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional. She is thorough and methodical with her work and her responsiveness to her clients is unmatched. I look forward to continuing our working relationship with Katelyn at Harbour Business Law.

~Jennifer Saxman ~


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March 20, 2024

By: Katelyn J. Dougherty, Esq. In a general partnership, one of the fundamental aspects that entrepreneurs and business owners must... Read More

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