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H. Lee Barfield II

Member (retired)

Nashville
(615) 742-6202 TEL
(615) 742-2702 FAX

H. Lee Barfield II

Member (retired)

Nashville
(615) 742-6202 TEL
(615) 742-2702 FAX
Nashville
(615) 742-6202 TEL
(615) 742-2702 FAX

Lee Barfield has more than 35 years of experience litigating, mediating and arbitrating civil cases, both jury and non-jury, in state and federal court, including many high profile cases with substantial media coverage.

Since the elections of 2010 when Republicans gained control of the House, Senate and the Governor's office in Tennessee, Lee has been actively involved in lobbying the Tennessee General Assembly on a variety of issues. He has organized, led and represented business and citizen coalitions supporting adoption of tort reform and tax reform. He worked for a constitutional amendment to change the method of selecting appellate judges in Tennessee to a modified federal plan with retention elections, but eliminating costly and divisive contested elections.  Lee also has been working for adoption of a number of vital educational reforms in K through 12 education as a board member of two leading national educational reform groups.

Lee's litigation clients include businesses and corporations in a wide range of industries, including hospitals, nursing homes, computer software and development services, and insurance. His lobbying clients include national business organizations, a major drug company and a variety of citizen groups organized around reforms in judicial selection, lawsuits and taxes.

Lee Barfield has more than 35 years of experience litigating, mediating and arbitrating civil cases, both jury and non-jury, in state and federal court, including many high profile cases with substantial media coverage.

Since the elections of 2010 when Republicans gained control of the House, Senate and the Governor's office in Tennessee, Lee has been actively involved in lobbying the Tennessee General Assembly on a variety of issues. He has organized, led and represented business and citizen coalitions supporting adoption of tort reform and tax reform. He worked for a constitutional amendment to change the method of selecting appellate judges in Tennessee to a modified federal plan with retention elections, but eliminating costly and divisive contested elections.  Lee also has been working for adoption of a number of vital educational reforms in K through 12 education as a board member of two leading national educational reform groups.

Lee's litigation clients include businesses and corporations in a wide range of industries, including hospitals, nursing homes, computer software and development services, and insurance. His lobbying clients include national business organizations, a major drug company and a variety of citizen groups organized around reforms in judicial selection, lawsuits and taxes.

His practice includes:

  • Business Disputes – Providing counsel to businesses and corporations in resolving business disputes; including healthcare, medical malpractice, insurance coverage questions , class actions, commercial law, banking,  constitutional law, valuation of closely held corporations and claims and defenses under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).
  • Government Affairs – Lobbying the Tennessee General Assembly, the Governor and state officials on a variety of issues, including passage of the Civil Justice Act of 2011, which codified a number of reforms to the judicial system including imposition of caps on non-economic and punitive damages; and, passage of the repeal of state gift taxes and the phase out of state inheritance taxes after January 1, 2016.
  • Government Contracts: Purchasing and Contracting – Representing businesses that do or seek to do business with the state of Tennessee. He gives advice about the state's procedures for requests for proposals and invitations to bid.  He also represents the firm's clients in procurement protest proceedings.

Lee serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Federation for Children and the Alliance for School Choice. These organizations have been actively involved nationally in educational reform at the K through 12 levels and supports empowering parents through the use of scholarships to provide equal educational opportunity for all children regardless of socio-economic backgrounds.

Lee has served as a lecturer at numerous legal education seminars on a variety of subjects, including medical malpractice, liability of managed care organizations, insurance law, fraud and abuse and professional ethics. He served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School and taught Professional Responsibility from 2000 to 2010.

Lee served as president of the Board of Law Examiners for the State of Tennessee for 14 years from 1986 through 2000. He also served as a member of the Advisory Commission to the Tennessee Supreme Court on the Rules of Civil Procedure from 1982 to 1986 and, in that capacity, assisted in drafting and recommending to the Supreme Court adoption of the first set of Rules of Evidence for Tennessee.

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Memberships

Harpeth Capital, LLC — Advisory Board

Nashville Bar Association — President (1985)

Tennessee Bar Association

American Bar Association

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

Vanderbilt Law School — Adjunct Professor of Law (2000-2010)

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners — President (1986-2000)

American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics — Member, Board of Directors (1995-1998)

Advisory Commission to Tennessee Supreme Court on Rules of Civil Procedure — Member (1982-1986)

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Accolades

Best Lawyers in America® — Nashville Appellate Practice "Lawyer of the Year" (2015, 2012); Nashville Healthcare "Lawyer of the Year" (2011)

Best Lawyers in America® — Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Litigation: ERISA; Litigation: Health Care; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Medical Malpractice Law: Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation: Defendants (1993-2017)

Chambers USA — Litigation: General Commercial (2003-2015), Senior Statesman (2016); Litigation: Medical Malpractice Defense (2005-2014)

Benchmark Litigation — Local Litigation Star: Tennessee (2010-2016)

Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America

Mid-South Super Lawyers (2006-2015)

Top 50 Nashville Super Lawyers (2013-2014)

Top 100 Tennessee Super Lawyers (2011, 2014-2015)

Nashville Medical News InCharge Healthcare (2012-2014)

Nashville Business Journal's "Best of the Bar" (2011-2012)

Nashville Post "Nashville's 101 Top Lawyers" (2011)

American Bar Foundation — Fellow

Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow

Nashville Bar Foundation — Fellow

Omicron Delta Kappa

Patrick Wilson Scholar in Law (1971-1974)

Vanderbilt Law Review — Administrative Editor (1973-1974)

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