Mindy G. Barfield

Biography

Mindy is a partner in the Litigation Department. She practices in the area of complex commercial litigation with a focus on defending clients in contract-related and business torts litigation (breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, misrepresentation, conversion, interference with prospective advantage or contractual relationship) and in complex insurance coverage and bad faith litigation arising from the handling of claims under all variety of insurance coverages. 

Mindy represents individual and corporate clients with insurance-related disputes as well as insurance companies and other affiliates in insurance rehabilitations and liquidations, including defending them from rehabilitator complaints of negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and statutory violations. She has also represented her insurer clients in administrative matters including challenges to market conduct studies; regulatory violations and penalties, and to insurance department policies or interpretations. She provides needed advice and counseling to her insurer clients, including providing training to adjusters and management in the field on best practices in claim handling and documentation of the claim file.

Mindy – who also advises clients on employment and other workplace matters – has been certified by the Association of Title IX Administrators as a Civil Rights Investigator – Level One.

Education

  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 1993)
  • George Washington University  (M.A., 1988)
    • Scottish Rite Fellowship
    • International Affairs
  • Transylvania University  (B.A., magna cum laude, 1985)
    • Jefferson Davis Scholarship for top pre-law student
    • English Speaking Union Scholarship to Oxford University
    • Holleian Society Inductee
    • Political Science

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District of Kentucky
  • Western District of Kentucky

Affiliations/Memberships

  • Kentucky Bar Association, Board of Governors (2015-present)
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Chair, 2011 Annual Convention, Member of Convention Planning Committee, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2015; Member of CLE Committee, 2008
  • Kentucky Supreme Court, Committee on Mass Torts and Class Action
  • Fayette County Bar Association, Past President (2009-2010)
  • Fayette County Bar Foundation, Current Chair (2016-present), Former Grants Committee Chair, Founding Fellow
  • Central Kentucky Inns of Court, Master
  • Legal Aid of the Bluegrass, Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • Transylvania University, Board of Trustees (2009 – present), Member of Board Executive Committee, Chair of Board’s Student Life Committee, Member of Academic Affairs Committee
  • Kentucky State University, Board of Regents (2010-present), Chair, Board’s Audit Committee, Member of Academic Affairs Committee
  • Gods Pantry Food Bank, Board of Directors (1998-present), Past President (2004-2007)
  • American Heart Association, Central Kentucky Chapter, Member of Executive Leadership Team for the “Go Red for Women” Annual Luncheon (2014-present)

Distinctions

  • Named Lexington Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions Lawyer of the Year (2018)
  • Peer Review AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Commercial and Mass Tort Litigation
  • Selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List
  • Voted Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky, Super Lawyers (2014-2015)
  • Named Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2016)
  • Named to Benchmark Litigation’s National Top 250 Women in Litigation (2014-present)
  • Selected for Litigation Council of America
  • Selected as a Leading Women of Central Kentucky by Business Lexington (2010)
  • Selected as Fayette County Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer of the Year (2013)
  • Given Special Recognition Award, Pro Bono Program, for Co-Founding Fayette County Domestic Violence Program (2010) “in recognition of your effort to make access to justice a reality for those in need”
  • Selected as Kentucky Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year (2002)
  • Selected as Fayette County Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year (1999)
  • Selected for Leadership Kentucky, Class of 2002
  • Named a Special Justice, Kentucky Supreme Court
  • Distinguished Service Award, Transylvania University (2015)
  • “The Consummate Counselor Award,” Gods Pantry Food Bank “for lending her legal advice and leadership to the organization on countless occasions”