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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

Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code Impact Lessors Post COVID-19

Collecting a Judgment

Webinar, July 8, 2020

Asset Recovery Orders/Replevin Overview & Local Rules

Webinar, June 30, 2020

Proofs of Claim and Adequate Protection

Webinar, June 19, 2020

Hot Bankruptcy Decisions of 2019

Webinar, June 10, 2020

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

Management Committee, Member (Feb. 2020-present)

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 (Past Chair)
Turnaround Management Association
Lawyers' Association for Women - Nashville, Marion Griffin Chapter
American Board of Certification, Board of Directors
Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, Director
Community Involvement

Nashville Emerging Leaders, Class of 2011

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 a director of the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute, a Past Chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Bankruptcy Section Executive Council and is a graduate of the 2011 Nashville Emerging Leaders Class.

Accolades

Martindale-Hubbell® AV-Preeminent® Peer Review Rated

Best Lawyers in America®, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2018-22)

Mid-South Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2012-20)

National Association of Trial Advocacy, NITA Advocate

Board Certified - Business Bankruptcy Law - American Board of Certification

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

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 93 lawyers are included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Additionally, 11 attorneys are named as “Lawyer of the Year” and 14 attorneys are recognized in “Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch,” which recognizes attorneys early in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC September 01, 2021
Client Alerts

Amendments to the Bankruptcy Code Impact Lessors Post COVID-19

With available vaccines and lifted restrictions, restaurant capacities have increased, moratoriums are ending, and handshakes abound. This return to normalcy comes along with the need to address the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and legislation enacted in response. For example, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act’s amendments to the Bankruptcy Code will have an impact through at least December 2022.

by Erika R. Barnes, Brian R. Pollock, and Jackson B. Sanders, 2021 Summer Associate July 13, 2021
Press Releases

Ten Stites & Harbison Attorneys Honored by 2020 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2020 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored 10 Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC December 02, 2020
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison, PLLC Lawyers Named to 2021 Best Lawyers® Publications

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC is pleased to announce that 82 lawyers are included in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC August 20, 2020
Press Releases

Mid-South Commercial Law Institute Elects Erika Barnes to its Board of Directors

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Mid-South Commercial Law Institute (MSCLI) recently elected Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Erika Barnes as a director of its 25-member Board of Directors.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 25, 2020
Press Releases

Stites & Harbison elects three attorneys to Management Committee

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Stites & Harbison, PLLC recently elected three members to the firm’s six-member Management Committee, replacing three attorneys who completed their terms of service. The new committee members are attorneys Erika Barnes, Carol Dan Browning and Richard Wehrle.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC March 05, 2020
Client Alerts

New Bankruptcy Law May Increase Small Business Filings

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 creating a new Subchapter V for small-business debtors (less than $2,725,625 in debt) becomes effective. The purpose of this act is to eliminate some of the costly elements of a business bankruptcy reorganization and streamline the procedures.

by Brian R. Pollock, Erika R. Barnes, Eric J. Breithaupt, Elizabeth Lee Thompson, and Stites & Harbison February 18, 2020
Press Releases

Nine Stites & Harbison attorneys honored by 2019 Mid-South Super Lawyers

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2019 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers recently honored nine Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorneys.

by Stites & Harbison, PLLC November 07, 2019