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Erika R. Barnes

Erika Barnes is a member of the firm's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Service Group and the Business Litigation Service Group. Erika represents creditors and franchisors in bankruptcy cases nationwide. She also has experience representing creditors' committees and Chapter 11 trustees. Erika handles complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. She frequently represents lenders and special servicers in commercial foreclosures and mortgage litigation. Erika is certified as a specialist in Business Bankruptcy by the American Board of Certification.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Trademarks in Bankruptcy

Tarnished Arches: A Survey of Franchise Bankruptcy Issues

Nashville Bar Association CLE, April 10, 2017

To License or not to License?

Procedural arguments may carry the day, but only if timely raised

Bootcamp: Foreclosure and Loan Workout Procedures

National Business Institute, September 2011

Tennessee foreclosure statutes: Lenders, take note

The Law and Practice of Foreclosure

29th Annual Conference on Legal Issues for Financial Institutions, University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Ky., September 2009

What to do When a Construction Project Goes Bad

Lorman Education Services, Louisville, Ky., February 26, 2008

Bank Garnishments - Do Your Duty!

Kentucky Banker Magazine, October 2007

In-Depth Title Insurance Principles

National Business Institute, June 2007
Recent Assignments
Reported Decisions
Bar Admissions
Kentucky
Tennessee
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Firm Leadership

Nashville Office Recruiting Committee, Member

Memberships
American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
American Bankruptcy Institute
Nashville Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association, Bankruptcy Section Executive Council, Chair
Turnaround Management Association
Lawyers Association for Women - Nashville, Marion Griffin Chapter
International Womens Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation
American Board of Certification, Board of Directors
Education
More Than Stites & Harbison

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Barnes was a French translator for ITI Worldwide in Cookeville, Tennessee. During law school, Ms. Barnes worked as a legal intern for Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation. Erika is a member of the board of directors of the American Board of Certification, an organization that certifies attorneys as specialists in business bankruptcy, consumer bankruptcy and creditors' rights law. She is Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Executive Council and is a graduate of the 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders Class. Erika also actively participates in the Lawyers' Association for Women.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018-20)

Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2012-18)

National Association of Trial Advocacy, NITA Advocate

Board Certified - Business Bankruptcy Law - American Board of Certification

Nashville Emerging Leaders, Class of 2011

Testimonials

Erika is an outstanding attorney!

- Martindale-Hubbell, 2012

. . . top-notch lawyer who stands well above her peers in ability.

- Martindale-Hubbell, 2012
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Press Releases

Best Lawyers in America Honors 75 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 has recognized 75 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-three of those attorneys selected have been honored for 10 consecutive years or more.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 22, 2019
Client Alerts

Trademarks in Bankruptcy

Last week, in Mission Products, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC, ___ U.S. ___, Case No. 17-1657 (May 20, 2019), the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit split by clarifying the consequences of a bankruptcy debtor’s rejection of a trademark license when the bankruptcy debtor is the trademark licensor.

by Alexandra MacKay, Mari-Elise Paul, and Erika R. Barnes May 28, 2019
Press Releases

Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2018 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2018 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and five were named to the Rising Stars list. Of...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 27, 2018
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Best Lawyers in America honors 72 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2019

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 has recognized 72 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 49 areas of practice. Forty-two of those attorneys selected have been honored for 1...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 16, 2018
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Eleven Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. —The 2017 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 11 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Five attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and six were named to the Rising Stars list...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 09, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America honors 79 Stites & Harbison attorneys for 2018

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 has recognized 79 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys as selected by their peers in 51 areas of practice. The number of honorees increased since last year, 74 to...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 17, 2017
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Nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2016 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Three attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and six were named to the Rising Stars list. The...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 14, 2016
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Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2015 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 23, 2015)—The 2015 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys. Four attorneys were named to the Super Lawyers list and six were named to the Rising...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 23, 2015
Client Alerts

To License or not to License?

The Sixth Circuit, in Bradford v. LVNV Funding, LLC, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 6281 (6th Cir. Tenn. April 13, 2015), recently held that the Tennessee Collection Service Act (“TCSA”) does not apply to any...
by Erika R. Barnes April 28, 2015
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison attorney named Top 50 Nashville & Top 100 Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers

Ten Stites & Harbison attorneys named to “Mid-South” list NASHVILLE—Robert C. Goodrich, Jr., of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, was recently named among the Top 50 Attorneys in Nashville and Top 100 Attorneys in Tennessee...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 13, 2013
Client Alerts

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act: What it means for creditors' rights

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) was enacted in 2003 as a modern update to the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940. Congress’s purpose behind enacting the SCRA was to “strengthen and expedite...
by Erika R. Barnes July 17, 2013
Client Alerts

Procedural arguments may carry the day, but only if timely raised

Procedural arguments may carry the day, but only if the arguments are timely raised. The Sixth Circuit recently ruled that a bank forfeited the prima facie validity of its proof of claim provided by...
by Erika R. Barnes February 20, 2013
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison attorney named among Top 50 & Top 100 Attorneys by Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Robert C. Goodrich, Jr., of Stites & Harbison, PLLC, was recently named among the Top 50 Attorneys in Nashville and Top 100 Attorneys in Tennessee by Mid-South Super Lawyers for 2012. Nine other...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 21, 2012
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Stites & Harbison names eight new members and one new counsel

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 3, 2012)—Stites & Harbison, PLLC, announced today that eight attorneys have been elected to membership in the law firm, effective Jan. 1, 2012. The new members are: Chadwick A. McTighe, David...
by Stites & Harbison, PLLC January 03, 2012
Client Alerts

Tennessee foreclosure statutes: Lenders, take note

Lenders, take note. Two new statutory provisions were signed into law that affect foreclosure procedures and a lender’s efforts to establish a deficiency judgment. A new notice requirement for foreclosures of owner-occupied principal residences...
by Erika R. Barnes June 18, 2010