Kent Barber (Kent.Barber@EMWNLaw.com) brings 15 years of legal experience in sophisticated corporate and financial transactions to EMWN.Kent holds a distinguished rating from Martindale-Hubbell with a Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards and has been selected as a Super Lawyer from 2020-2023 and was a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2013-2018. Prior to EMWN, Kent served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Joseph M. Scott, Jr., Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of Kentucky and practiced at a DelCotto Law Group PLLC (f/k/a Wise DelCotto PLLC) and then founded Barber Law PLLC where he focused on business and litigation matters, specifically, commercial real estate, bankruptcy, bankruptcy litigation, insolvency-related transactions, creditors’ rights, and general business law and his clients range from individuals and single member LLC’s to global publicly traded companies.
Kent has experience representing both individuals and businesses in the context of consumer and commercial bankruptcy, debt restructuring, debtor and creditor relations and commercial litigation including debtors-in-possession, creditors’ committees, secured and unsecured creditors, lessors, contract parties and trustees in all chapters of bankruptcy. He has represented Chapter 7 panel trustees, Chapter 11 liquidating trustees and state court appointed receivers and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in bankruptcy litigation including, but not limited to, nondischargeability proceedings and lien avoidance and has filed hundreds of preferential and fraudulent transfer cases. Kent has also written numerous bankruptcy related articles and spoken on the topic of bankruptcy.
Kent served either as counsel or co-counsel in In re Hopedale Mining LLC et al.(co-counsel for Committee and counsel for Liquidating Trustee); In re Cambrian Coal, LLC et al. (local counsel for Committee and co-counsel for Liquidating Trustee) In re Licking River Mining, LLC et al. (local counsel for Committee and Chapter 7 Trustee); In re Trailblazers, Inc. (counsel for Committee and Chapter 7 Trustee) and JW Resources, Inc. (co-counsel for Committee and counsel for Liquidating Trustee). All cases were complex bankruptcy cases involving multiple creditor constituencies, sophisticated financing transactions and complex litigation.
Kent’s real estate and general business practice includes drafting and negotiation asset purchase agreements and commercial leases, title issues and he has provided legal advice to businesses and individuals on bankruptcy, contract, employment, real estate, tax, and litigation issues.
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Commonwealth of Kentucky
J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, 2008
Bankruptcy Moot Court Team
Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law
CALI Excellence for the Future Awards – Non-Profit Organization,
Best Appellant Brief & Best Oral Argument – Matthews Writing Club
B.B.A., magna cum laude, Morehead State University, 2020
Memberships (Past and Current)
American Bankruptcy Institute
Commercial Property Association of Lexington
Kentucky Bar Association
Fayette County Bar Association
Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar