Barbara Holmes
Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner PC
333 Commerce Street, Suite 1500
Nashville, TN 37201
Work Phone: (615)256-0500
Fax Phone: (615)251-1058
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Barbara Holmes, head of Harwell Howard Hyne Gabbert & Manner’s Commercial Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group, has more than 25 years of experience with restructuring and insolvency matters and commercial litigation in state and federal courts.  Her clients include chapter 11 business debtors, official committees, trustees, and business executives.  Barbara is also frequently asked to serve as a mediator or arbitrator for business disputes, including in bankruptcy cases.

Barbara’s bankruptcy experience started with her first clerkship in law school, where she worked for a chapter 7-panel trustee.  From there, she worked at the U.S. Trustee’s office, giving her unique insight into the bankruptcy process.   While at the U.S. Trustee’s office, and since joining h3gm in 1997, Barbara has represented debtors, creditor committees, creditors, and trustees in some of the most significant bankruptcy cases in the Middle District of Tennessee and across the country.  Barbara’s extensive experience makes her a sought-after counselor to troubled businesses and other interested parties in bankruptcy cases. 

Barbara is also an accomplished litigator.  She represents corporations and governmental and non-profit entities on a variety of matters, both in and out of court. She also regularly assists pro bono clients with issues involving money, housing, health, family and employment.  With a dedication to achieving her clients’ goals, Barbara works toward solutions to difficult problems.

Barbara’s work in bankruptcy and litigation has earned her the respect of her peers.  She has been recognized byBest Lawyers in America every year since 2006, and she has received similar recognition in Mid-South Super Lawyers and theNashville Business Journal’s “Best of the Bar.”

Barbara is an active member of Nashville’s legal community. During her career she has held many leadership positions with the Nashville Bar Association, including serving as president in 2002, and on the board of directors from 1999 through 2002 and 2010 through the present.   She previously served as the Middle Tennessee governor on the Tennessee Bar Association’s board of governors.  Barbara is a master in the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court and a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation and the Tennessee Bar Foundation, for which was recently selected as a Middle Tennessee director and treasurer. Outside the firm, Barbara stays active in the community as a director and volunteer for Renewal House and a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church. Barbara is an avid hockey fan and an occasional golfer.

She received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Adams State College.

Additional Information

TBA Membership Status: Member : 2014 - 2015
Legal Education: Vanderbilt Law School
Year Licensed: 1986
Year Licensed in Tennessee: 1986
Section Membership(s): Federal Practice Section, Juvenile and Children's Law Section, Bankruptcy Law Section, Ethics and Professional Responsibility, TBA Members