Kathryn E. Barnett

Attorney in Nashville, TN

Respected Trial Expertise

Specializing in nationwide class actions and individual lawsuits, Kathryn has tried over 20 civil and criminal trials, including complex and class action cases as well as personal injury cases.

"Kathryn has a national reputation for complex personal injury and class action cases. She is one of a few true trial lawyers among a generation of lawyers that know how to litigate, but rarely get to try a case."

--Nashville Business Journal, 2005 Best of the Bar

Kathryn is the partner in charge of our Nashville office and works diligently to hold accountable those who have harmed individuals, families, groups of individuals, or businesses.

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 a business wronged by its former partner, winning an $8 million arbitration award against the wrongdoer. She served as co-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.

Other Engagements

Kathryn has lectured extensively on trial and other civil litigation topics. She is very active in the legal community as a member of several organizations and serves on the Executive Committee of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court. Kathryn's skill in the plaintiffs' bar has been consistently recognized as "Best of the Bar" by the Nashville Business Journal, and she has been named a "Best Lawyer in Tennessee" by Business Tennessee for the past four years and a "Mid-South Super Lawyer" by Super Lawyers for the past seven years.

Professional Associations and Memberships

· American Association for Justice

· American Association of Trial Lawyers

· Harry Phillips American Inn of Courts (Executive Committee, 2004 - 2013; Member, 2004 - 2013, 1997 - 1999)

· 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, 2003 - 2004; Director, 2002 - 2003; Treasurer, 2000 - 2002; Nominating Committee, 2007; Board, 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 Bar Foundation (Fellow)

· 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)

Published Works

· "Introducing Evidence," Tennessee Bar Association, November 2012

· "Legal Writing," Vanderbilt Law School, October 2012

· "Products Liability Cases and the Tenn. Civil Justice Act of 2011," Tennessee Bar Association, June 2011

· "Trial Practice - Experts," Tennessee Bar Association, March 2011

· "The Basics of Class Action and MDL Litigation," Tennessee Bar Association, July 2009

· "Advanced Federal Court Practice," Nashville Bar Association, March 2009

· "The Basics of Class Action and MDL Litigation," Tennessee Bar Association, 2009

· "Annual Review: Medical Malpractice Update," Tennessee Association for Justice, October & December 2008

· "Trial Practice Tips: Powerful Trial Strategies for the Absolute Litigator," Nashville Bar Association, April 2008

· "Pre-Trial Skills: Thinking on Your Feet," National Business Institute, November 2006

· "Civil Procedure and Evidence Update," Tennessee Trial Lawyers, October & November 2006

· "Civil Procedure and Evidence Update," Tennessee Trial Lawyers, 2006

· "Trial Practice Institute," Nashville Bar Association, September 2005

· "State Law Class Actions," American Bar Association, Business Law Section, April 2005

· "Power Windows Can Kill," TRIAL Magazine, April 2005

· "Auto Defect Cases," Tennessee Trial Lawyers, February 2005

· "Knocking Out Opposing Experts," Tennessee Trial Lawyers, October & November 2004; Nashville Bar Association, July 2004

· "Limiting the Harmful Testimony of Experts on the Law," Trial, January 2001

· "Damages," Tennessee Trial Lawyers, October & November 2003

· "Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Tennessee," National Business Institute, August 2003

· "Advanced Personal Injury," National Business Institute, July 2003

· "Mass Torts," Tennessee Bar Association, July 2002

· "Superior Depositions Strategies in Civil Trial Practice," National Business Institute, December 1999 & January 2002

· "Lawsuits Against the Nursing Home Industry," Tennessee Trial Lawyers, February 2000

· "How to Prepare for Mediation and other Practice Tips," Nashville Bar Association, October 2000

· "Tennessee Expert Witness," Lorman Education Services, July 2000

· "Using Focus Groups to Get the Settlement or Verdict Your Client Deserves," Tennessee Trial Lawyers, February 1999

· "Letting Focus Groups Work for You," April 1999

Honors and Awards

· Best Lawyers in America, based on peer and blue ribbon panel review, selected for list of "Nashville's Best Lawyers," 2010 - 2014

· "Mid-South Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers, a publication by Thomson Reuters, 2006 - 2013

· "Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2013

· "Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyer," Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2013

· "Lawdragon Finalist," Lawdragon, 2009 - 2011

· "Nashville Lawyers In Charge," Nashville Post, 2010 - Present

· "Best of the Bar," Nashville Business Journal, 2003, 2005 - 2010

· "150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee," Business Tennessee, 2006 - 2009

· "Tennessee Litigation Star," Benchmark Plaintiff, 2013 - 2014

Past Employment Positions

· Judge John T. Nixon, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Judicial Intern, 1990

· Davidson County, Tennessee, Assistant Public Defender, 1992 - 1995

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Areas of Law

  • Consumer Protection
  • Personal Injury
  • Defective Products
  • Environmental Litigation


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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
Honors: Jurisprudence Awards: Torts I and Jurisprudence

University Attended

Davidson College
Class of 1989
Philosophy, with Honors, Honors: Dean Rusk Grant for International Studies

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Kathryn E. Barnett
Managing Partner
 810 Broadway, Suite 105,
Nashville, TN 37203


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