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
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

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

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.


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


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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