Barbara Edelman has extensive complex litigation experience. She focuses on commercial litigation and many types of business disputes. The matters litigated include contract disputes, fiduciary duty claims, lender liability, fraud, negligent misrepresentation, trade secrecy and financial class actions in state and federal courts. She also advises clients in employment-related matters, and has litigated many Title VII, wrongful discharge, non-competition and employment-related cases.
Over the course of her career, Barbara has appeared in all of the federal district courts in Kentucky, numerous Kentucky circuit courts throughout the state and in courts of other jurisdictions. She has tried more than 50 jury trials in state and federal courts and has handled more than 30 appeals to the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Barbara is the 2012 recipient of the Fayette County Bar Association's highest honor, the Henry T. Duncan Award. This award recognizes a member of the bar whose integrity, leadership and professional conduct exemplifies the highest ethical and professional standards that benefit the community.
Barbara is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in appellate law, Bet-the-Company, and commercial litigation. She has also been selected by Chambers & Partners - Chambers USA in commercial litigation, Kentucky's Super Lawyers for 2011, Kentucky's Super Lawyers for 2011 Top 25 Women, Kentucky's Super Lawyers for 2011 Top 50 Lawyers in the State, and Benchmark Litigation as a "Local Litigation Star", as well as a Top 250 Women in Litigation in the nation.
In 2009, she was selected as a "Leading Woman in Central Kentucky by Business Lexington, and the Lane Reports' "Top Women in Business." She is a frequent speaker on litigation and evidentiary issues. She also serves on the Joint Rules Committee for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky and has previously served on the Merit Selection Panel for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to recommend nominees for the Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Kentucky and on the Merit Selection Panel to select a federal magistrate judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky. She previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and served on the Department of Justice's Economic Fraud Commission. Barbara was also the head of the Coal Fraud Task Force for the Eastern District of Kentucky.