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Gary A. Barnes

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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 more than 35 years of experience in a wide variety of bankruptcy, creditor rights, debt restructuring, loan workouts, receiverships, and foreclosures in both state and federal courts throughout the country.

He has represented secured and unsecured creditors in a variety of matters including Chapter 11, Chapter 12, Chapter 7, and Chapter 13 cases, Section 363 sale issues, cash collateral issues, lien priority avoidance actions, preference actions, rejection/assumption of executory contracts, stay relief actions, asset recovery and disposition, contested confirmation hearings, adversary proceedings and bankruptcy appeals to both district and circuit levels.

Mr. Barnes has extensive experience representing agricultural lenders across the country in both Chapter 12 and Chapter 11 cases with loans ranging from $2.5 million to $80 million. As lead counsel, he has represented clients in agricultural bankruptcy cases in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

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 – 2022); Commercial Litigation (2022)
  • 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)

Education

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

Admissions

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

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