Kathryn E. Barnett (Nashville, Tennessee)
Kathryn E. Barnett (Nashville, Tennessee)

Kathryn E. Barnett

Licensed for 24 years

Practice Area: Class Action, Consumer Protection, Personal Injury 1 more area of practice 1 more

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Kathryn E. Barnett

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Managing Partner at firm Morgan & Morgan

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About Kathryn E. Barnett

Kathryn is the Managing Partner of Morgan & Morgan's Nashville office, which was named one of 2015's “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers. She grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Davidson College, with Honors, in 1989. Kathryn graduated from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1992, where she achieved the highest grade in the class in Torts I and Jurisprudence.

Kathryn has been taking on insurance companies and big business for nearly twenty years. In 2013, Kathryn represented a family at trial against two multi-billion dollar corporations in a wrongful death case, winning a $26 million jury verdict. In 2010, Kathryn represented an entrepreneur wronged by its form...

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Kathryn is the Managing Partner of Morgan & Morgan's Nashville office, which was named one of 2015's “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers. She grew up in North Carolina and graduated from Davidson College, with Honors, in 1989. Kathryn graduated from Vanderbilt School of Law in 1992, where she achieved the highest grade in the class in Torts I and Jurisprudence.

Kathryn has been taking on insurance companies and big business for nearly twenty years. In 2013, Kathryn represented a family at trial against two multi-billion dollar corporations in a wrongful death case, winning a $26 million jury verdict. In 2010, Kathryn represented an entrepreneur wronged by its former partner, winning an $8 million arbitration award against the wrongdoer. She served as lead trial counsel in two class action trials in the Multi-District Litigation lawsuit arising from the mishandling of remains at Tri-State Crematory. These cases settled well into both trials, for combined judgments of over $120 million. Kathryn also served as lead counsel in a class action against the Georgia Farm Bureau regarding insurance coverage, which resulted in an $18 million settlement. In addition to these examples, Kathryn has won for her clients many other verdicts and settlements that exceed $1 million.

Kathryn has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, “Nashville's Best Lawyers” every year from 2010 to 2017, and in Thompson Reuters' Super Lawyers as a Mid-South Super-Lawyer every year from 2006 to 2016, as one of the Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers every year from 2011 to 2015, and as one of the Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers every year from 2010 to 2015and one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Nashville in 2015. Kathryn has also been included for many successive years among the Nashville “Lawyers In Charge” published by the NashvillePost, the “Best of the Bar” published by the Nashville Business Journal and the “150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee” published by Business Tennessee. Because of her experience and accomplishments, Kathryn has lectured extensively on trial, complex litigation and related topics to other lawyers and to law students. Most recently, Kathryn was included in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of plaintiffs' personal injury litigation and plaintiffs' product liability litigation. Additionally, she was named Best Lawyers' 2015 Nashville Plaintiffs' Product Liability Litigation “Lawyer of the Year, ” an award received by only one attorney in each practice area in each community throughout the country in 2012, 2015 and 2017.

Kathryn is a member of the Executive Committee of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, as well as a former President of the Nashville Lawyers' Association for Women, former First Vice President of the Nashville Bar Association, former Vice President of the Tennessee Association for Justice, and former Chair of the Tennessee Judicial Conference's Bench/Bar Committee.

Awards & Recognitions

•Best Lawyers in America - Nashville's Best Lawyers, 2010-2014
•Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs' and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs', 2015
•Best Lawyers in America - Nashville Product Liability Litigation Plaintiffs' Lawyer of the Year, 2015
•Super Lawyers - Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyer, 2006-2014
•Super Lawyers - Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyer, 2010-2014
•Lawdragon - Lawdragon Finalist, 2009-2011
•Nashville Post - Nashville Lawyers in Charge, 2010-Present
•Nashville Business Journal - Best of the Bar, 2003, 2005-2010
•Business Tennessee - 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee, 2006-2009

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Areas of Law

  • Class Action
  • Consumer Protection
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability

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      Credentials

      Position
      Managing Partner
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1992, Tennessee
      1997, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
      2000, U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
      2001, U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
      2003, U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
      2005, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
      Law School Attended
      Vanderbilt University Law School
      Class of 1992
      J.D.
      Honors: Jurisprudence Awards: Torts I and Jurisprudence
      University Attended
      Davidson College
      Class of 1989
      B.A.
      Philosophy, with Honors, Honors: Dean Rusk Grant for International Studies
      Associations & Memberships

      Memberships:

      •American Association for Justice
      •American Association of Trial Lawyers
      •Harry Phillips American Inn of Courts - Executive Committee, 2004-2013


      Member, 1997-1999, 2004-2013
      •Nashville Bar Association - First Vice President, 2007
      Board Member, 2005-2008
      •Nashville Bar Foundation
      •Nashville Lawyer's Association for Women - President, 2004-2005
      President-elect, 2004
      Director, 2002-2003
      Treasurer, 2000-2002
      Nominating Committee, 2007
      Board Member, 1998-2005
      •Tennessee Association for Justice - Vice President for the Middle Section, 2011
      Treasurer, 2010
      Executive Committee, 2008-2009
      Secretary, 2007-2009
      Chair, Continuing Education Committee, 2004-2006
      Board of Governors, 2002-2009
      •Tennessee Bar Association
      •Tennessee Justice Center, Inc. - Board of Directors, 2002-2005
      Secretary-Treasurer, 2003-2004
      •Tennessee Judicial Conference - Bench/Bar Committee Chair, 2009-2010
      •Tennessee Metropolitan Board of Equalization - Davidson County, 2000-2004