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Gary A. Barnes


Gary A. Barnes is the managing shareholder of the Firm's Atlanta office and a business litigator who focuses on securities and bankruptcy litigation.

Professional Biography

Mr. Barnes has extensive experience in NASD securities arbitration and securities litigation in both state and federal courts throughout the country as well as complex bankruptcy litigation representing both lenders and debtors. With regard to lenders, he has extensive experience representing both consumer and commercial servicers in a wide variety of litigated forums, including federal and state courts, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and motion practice in bankruptcy court.

Mr. Barnes also has significant experience with general commercial business litigation including disputes which are real estate based, shareholder/member disputes in closely held corporations, and software licensing.

  • Member – State Bar of Georgia, Sections of Litigation and Bankruptcy
  • Member – American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member – Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Member – Atlanta Bar Association
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law (2020 – 2021)
  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers in Business Litigation (2013 – 2021)
  • Named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle's 2016 Who's Who in Law & Accounting
  • Selected as one of "Georgia's Legal Elite" by Georgia Trend Magazine (2011 – 2015)


  • Mercer University, J.D., 1981
  • Davidson College, A.B., 1977


  • Georgia State Bar, 1981
  • Court of Appeals State of Georgia, 1981
  • Georgia Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, 1981, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Claims, 1991
  • U. S. Supreme Court, 1990

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