Gary Don Barnes: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Gary Don Barnes

Kansas City,  MO  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Banking & Finance
  • Insolvency & Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Business Litigation
  • Consumer Financial Services
Contact InfoTelephone: 816.283.4687
Fax: 816.983.8080
University William Jewell College, B.A., Political Science, summa cum laude, 1975
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law, J.D., 1978
Admitted1979, Missouri; 1985, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; 1980, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Professional Associations and Memberships
•Missouri Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Section, chair, 2006-2007
•American Bankruptcy Institute
•American Bar Association, Business Bankruptcy Subcommittee
•American Bar Foundation, lifetime fellow, 2002-present
•American College of Bankruptcy, fellow, 2008-present
•The Missouri Bar, Commercial and Bankruptcy Committee
•Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, Commercial and Bankruptcy Committee, chair


Gary leads Husch Blackwell's Financial Services industry team. This multiple-disciplinary team with 100-plus professionals guides clients on a range of deal, dispute, operational, regulatory and other issues.

Commercial lenders have trusted Gary's advice and knowledge for several decades. He consistently works to ensure the best possible outcomes in bankruptcies, workouts or commercial litigation.

As a national and regional insolvency counsel, Gary represents secured lenders, landlords, lessors, preference defendants, buyers in 363 sales and creditors' committees in commercial financial restructurings and bankruptcies and is special insolvency counsel for a number of bank clients. In addition, he has served as a court-appointed bankruptcy examiner and a Chapter 11 responsible person of a large restaurant group.

Among Gary's noteworthy accomplishments:
•Advised the unsecured creditors' committee in the Farmland Industries bankruptcy - with scheduled debt of $1.9 billion. Payment to unsecured creditors in the case was more than 100 percent of allowed claims.
•Served as national insolvency counsel for floor-plan financing division of Fortune 100 company for more than five years.
•Represented national, regional and community banks in insolvency matters for nearly 30 years.

Gary, a member of the Partner Board, coordinated the development of the firm's Extra Advantage SM Case Management System, where clients have extranet access to shared private files and reports, and clients can achieve efficiency and cost savings in the management of their cases.

Prior Experience
•Law clerk, The Hon. Dennis J. Stewart, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri
•District director and counsel for Congressman Richard Bolling of Missouri

Awards and Recognitions
Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2015
The Best Lawyers In America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation-Bankruptcy, 1995-2015
Best of the U.S., Best Attorneys, 2007-2009
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights, 2005-2014; Top 100, 2005, 2008-2009; Top 50 Kansas City, 2005

Civic Involvement
•William Jewell College, Board of Trustees, 2004-present; Executive Committee
•William Jewell College National Alumni Association, president, 1991-1993
•Assistance League of Greater Kansas City, Advisory Board, 2007-present
•Liberty, Mo., Board of Education, 1999-2005
•Missouri Boys State, Board of Directors, lifetime member
•“Kick with Nick” Lowery Fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy
•Liberty Hospital Foundation, Board of Directors

• U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri, 1982-1983

•Represented the unsecured creditors' committee in the Farmland Industries Inc. bankruptcy - one of the 20 largest bankruptcies in the world in 2002, with scheduled debt of $1.9 billion. The ultimate payment to unsecured creditors in the case was more than 100 percent of their allowed claims.
•National insolvency counsel for floor-plan financing division of Fortune 100 company.
•Represented national banking company in insolvency matters, including bankruptcy of cattle-feeder operation with more than $150 million in total claims.
•Counsel for chair of creditors' committee in bankruptcy of large U.S. ham supplier, with total claims of more than $1.8 billion.
•Represented bondholders' committee in Chapter 11 proceedings involving 22 nursing home facilities throughout the U.S.
•Represented creditors' committee in successful Chapter 9 proceeding of rural Missouri hospital district - with favorable results.
•Served as creditors' committee counsel in Chapter 9 proceeding of a rural Missouri school district.

Business Insights

Business Insights
2.16.10 Sentencing Commission Signals Change in Effective Compliance Program Requirements
5.01.09 Chrysler Files Chapter 11
1.01.94 Small Business Bankruptcy Reorganizations, Retirement, Pension and Profit Sharing Plans
Employment and Compensation of Professionals, Missouri Bankruptcy Practice
Overview of the'Ins and Outs' of the Automatic Stay in Bankruptcy Cases, Missouri Business Law Quarterly

In The News
10.24.14 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014 Names 83 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; Six Receive Top Honors
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10.20.14 Husch Blackwell More Than Doubles Its Presence on Benchmark Litigation's 2015 List; 22 Attorneys Recognized
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10.17.14 Husch Blackwell's Candace Jackson Selected for GE's Project HOLA!
Financial Services News Release
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
Energy & Natural Resources Financial Services Food & Agribusiness Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Technology, Manufacturing & Transportation News Release
1.14.14 Ben Mann Named an American College of Bankruptcy fellow
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10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
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8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals Real Estate, Development & Construction Financial Services Energy & Natural Resources News Release
10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
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8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
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10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
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Gary Don Barnes

4801 Main Street, Suite 1000
Kansas CityMO 64112


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