Kathryn E. Barnett

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Products Liability Attorney in Nashville, TN

Morgan & Morgan
 | 810 Broadway, Suite 105
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-490-0944
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    As managing partner of the Nashville office of Morgan & Morgan, Kathryn E. Barnett handles cases of personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. Representing clients in Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. Barnett has over 27 years of experience and is frequently sought after for presentations of complex litigation, trial litigation, and other related topics to law students and others in the profession.

    One of Ms. Barnett’s largest verdicts came in the form of $13.5 million for a family who had lost a loved one. Other large settlements and verdicts include several over $1 million, and she represented an entrepreneur in arbitration cases that ended in an $8 million agreement.

    In 1992, Ms. Barnett graduated with her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School. Before attending law school, she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Davidson College. For her high ethical standards and long list of successful results, she holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. The Nashville Business Journal named her one of the Best of the Bar and Business Tennessee included her on the list of 150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee.

    While taking on big business and insurance companies for many years, Ms. Barnett has also participated actively in many professional organizations. These include the Tennessee Judicial Conference, the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Foundation, the Nashville Bar Association, the American Association of Trial Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, Nashville Lawyers’ Association for Women, the Tennessee Metropolitan Board of Equalization, the Tennessee Justice Center and the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court.

    * AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 40%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Medical Malpractice, Class Actions


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2020

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    Admitted: 1992, Tennessee

    Professional Webpage: https://www.forthepeople.com/attorneys/kathryn-e-barnett/


    • Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs' and Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs', 2015
    • Super Lawyers, "Top 50 Women Mid-South Super Lawyer," 2006-2014
    • Nashville Post, "Nashville Lawyers in Charge," 2010-Present
    • Best Lawyers in America, "Nashville's Best Lawyers," 2010-2016
    • Super Lawyers, "Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyer," 2010-2015
    • Nashville Business Journal, "Best of the Bar," 2003, 2005-2010
    • Best Lawyers in America, Nashville Product Liability Litigation Plaintiffs' "Lawyer of the Year," 2015
    • Lawdragon, "Lawdragon Finalist," 2009-2011
    • Business Tennessee, "150 Best Lawyers in Tennessee," 2006-2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President, Nashville Lawyer's Association for Women, 2004-2005
    • Tennessee Metropolitan Board of Equalization, Davidson County, 2000-2004
    • President-elect, Nashville Lawyer's Association for Women, 2004
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
    • Vice President, Tennessee Association for Justice, Middle Section, 2011
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
    • Tennessee Association for Justice, Secretary, 2007-2009
    • Harry Phillips American Inn of Courts, Executive Committee, 2004-2013
    • Tennessee Bar Association
    • Board Member, Nashville Bar Association, 2005-2008
    • Chair, Tennessee Judicial Conference, Bench/Bar Committee, 2009-2010
    • Treasurer, Nashville Lawyer's Association for Women, 2000-2002
    • American Association for Justice
    • Board Member, Nashville Lawyer's Association for Women, Nominating Committee, 1998-2005
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
    • Tennessee Association for Justice, Executive Committee, 2008-2009
    • American Association of Trial Lawyers
    • Board of Governors, Tennessee Association for Justice, 2002-2009
    • First Vice President, Nashville Bar Association, 2007
    • Secretary-Treasurer, Tennessee Justice Center, Inc., 2003-2004
    • Director, Nashville Lawyer's Association for Women, 2002-2003
    • Nashville Lawyer's Association for Women, Nominating Committee, 2007
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee
    • Tennessee Association for Justice, Treasurer, 2010
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
    • Chair, Tennessee Association for Justice, Continuing Education Committee, 2004-2006
    • Member, Harry Phillips American Inn of Courts, 1997-1999, 2004-2013
    • Board of Directors, Tennessee Justice Center, Inc., 2002-2005

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Nashville Bar Foundation

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "Auto Defect Cases," Tennessee Trial Lawyers (February 2005)
    • "Knocking Out Opposing Experts," Tennessee Trial Lawyers (October & November 2004); Nashville Bar Association (July 2004)
    • "Trial Practice Tips: Powerful Trial Strategies for the Absolute Litigator," Nashville Bar Association (April 2004)
    • "Limiting the Harmful Testimony of Experts on the Law," Trial (January 2001) "Limiting the Harmful Testimony of Experts on the Law," Trial (January 2001)
    • "Letting Focus Groups Work for You," Trial (April 1999)
    • "Damages," Tennessee Trial Lawyers (October & November 2003)
    • "Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Tennessee," National Business Institute (August 2003)
    • "Advanced Personal Injury," National Business Institute (July 2003)
    • "Mass Torts," Tennessee Bar Association (July 2002)
    • "Superior Depositions Strategies in Civil Trial Practice," National Business Institute (December 1999, January 2002)
    • "Lawsuits Against the Nursing Home Industry," Tennessee Trial Lawyers (February 2000)
    • "How to Prepare for Mediation and other Practice Tips," Nashville Bar Association (October 2000)
    • "Tennessee Expert Witness," Lorman Education Services (July 2000)
    • "Using Focus Groups to Get the Settlement or Verdict Your Client Deserves," Tennessee Trial Lawyers (February 1999)
    • "Introducing Evidence," Tennessee Bar Association (November 2012)
    • "Legal Writing," Vanderbilt Law School (October 2012)
    • "How Cultural Values Impact Contested Issues – Research and Findings," panelist, Nashville Bar Association (August 2011)
    • "Products Liability Cases and the Tenn. Civil Justice Act of 2011," Tennessee Bar Association (June 2011)
    • "Trial Practice – Experts," Tennessee Bar Association (March 2011)
    • "The Basics of Class Action and MDL Litigation," Tennessee Bar Association (July 2009)
    • "Advanced Federal Court Practice," Nashville Bar Association (March 2009)
    • Guest Speaker, "Medicine, Law and Society," Vanderbilt University (March 2009)
    • "Annual Review: Medical Malpractice Update," Tennessee Association for Justice (October-December 2008)
    • "Civil Procedure and Evidence Update," Tennessee Trial Lawyers (October & November 2006)
    • "Pre-Trial Skills: Thinking on Your Feet," National Business Institute (November 2006)
    • "Trial Practice Institute," Nashville Bar Association (September 2005)
    • "State Law Class Actions," American Bar Association, Business Law Section (April 2005)
    • "Power Windows Can Kill," Trial (April 2005)

    Educational Background:

    • Davidson College, B.A. in Philosophy, with honors, 1989
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    810 Broadway
    Suite 105
    Nashville, TN 37203

    Phone: 615-490-0944

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