“Katherine’s varied experience makes her an excellent addition to Butler Snow,” said Christopher R. Maddux, chair of Butler Snow. “Her acumen and perspectives will be of great value to our clients and practice group.”
Barnes has spent the last seven years of her career with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), where her litigation experience encompassed complex and high-profile enforcement cases, permit appeals and related regulatory matters. She also led policymaking and research initiatives in several areas of environmental law, in addition to executing legal matters pertaining to property, real estate and contract law and advised the TDEC Commissioner, leadership and staff across divisions.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Sewanee: The University of the South, she earned her Juris Doctor, cum laude, as well as her Master of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School. During law school, she clerked at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Barnes is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association.
Butler Snow’s Regulatory & Government Relations group practices across a variety of industries and practice areas, assisting and advising clients on strategic government relations activities and regulatory matters. The group advocates for and counsels public and private clients on complex legislative and regulatory matters including typical business issues, insurance regulatory matters, utility, energy and environmental issues, economic development, telecommunications and broadband and much more. Along with providing specialized expertise to clients, attorneys and advisors have represented clients before state agencies and regulatory bodies.