Thad M. Barnes

Thad Barnes is an experienced trial attorney with approximately 40 bench and jury trials to his credit. Mr. Barnes' practice is focused on intellectual property litigation, complex commercial litigation, and health care litigation. Mr. Barnes has extensive experience in patent litigation, trade secret cases, product liability matters and works extensively with flavor and fragrance manufacturers. He is listed in Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star in the Intellectual Property practice area. Mr. Barnes also handles complex electronic discovery issues and advises clients on privacy, information security issues, and social media issues and works with clients to implement defensible approaches to the presentation, collection and production of electronically stored information (ESI) for litigation, government requests and investigations.

Recent News, Articles & Speaking Engagements

Commanding the Courtroom

University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Ky., November 2, 2018

3rd Circ. Won't Revive $80M Fragrance Secrets Row

by Dan Packel,, February 12, 2016

Understanding and Managing New Issues in E-Discovery

Southern Law Network, December 2011

eDiscovery and Electronic Health Records

KHIMA Annual Meeting, June 2008

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Litigation

AOPA National Convention, Miami, Fla., October 2004
Recent Assignments
Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
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 Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Firm Leadership

Business Litigation Service Group, Louisville Office Leader

Pretrial Practice & eDiscovery Group, Chair

Management Committee, Member

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association
Memphis Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Leo Bearman Jr. American Inns of Court Society
Federal Bar Association
Community Involvement

St. Agnes Church, Member

Pi Kappa Alpha, Board of Directors

More Than Stites & Harbison

Previously, Mr. Barnes was Vice President and General Counsel of Triangle Seafood Inc. where he handled the company's litigation, federal compliance work, and general corporate affairs. Thad and his wife, Laura, stay busy attending the sporting events for their five children.


The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (2013-22)

Kentucky Super Lawyers® (2013-19, 2021-22)

Benchmark Litigation magazine, Litigation Star (2015-22)

Barnes T Best Lawyers 2022
Super Lawyer Standard
Benchmark Litigation Star 2019
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