Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Johnine P. Barnes Named Outstanding Outside Counsel of the Year by the National Bar Association

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Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Johnine P. Barnes Named Outstanding Outside Counsel of the Year by the National Bar Association

Johnine P. Barnes, a shareholder with the international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, was recognized as Outstanding Outside Counsel of the Year by the National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section during the National Bar’s national convention in Las Vegas in mid-July. Barnes was honored for her contributions to the legal profession and the National Bar’s commitment to diversity in the profession.

“I am truly humbled and honored to be selected by my peers to receive this award. In practicing law, one always strives for excellence in everything,” said Barnes. “You never realize who notices your work or efforts because you do not do your work or take on such efforts for that reason. You do your best and strive to be the best because others paved the way for you to be given the opportunity and you want to provide others with the same opportunities that have been provided to you. I look forward to continuing my involvement and advocacy efforts to make a positive impact on the future of our profession.”

Barnes, who also was recognized as a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer this year, is an active member of the National Bar, the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American lawyers and judges. Barnes previously served as Deputy General Counsel of the Bar and Special Counsel to the President. In 2003, Barnes received the NBA’s Presidential Award, honoring her for her contributions and commitment to the Bar.

Based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office, Barnes practices in the firm’s Labor & Employment group. She is experienced in litigating and defending administrative claims of harassment; retaliation and discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex and disability; wrongful discharge and breach of contract issues; and client compliance with the American With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and other federal and state statutes governing employment. Additionally, Barnes counsels and represents companies, government agencies and associations on labor law issues, and has extensive business litigation experience in matters involving non-compete agreements, contract disputes, trade secrets, international disputes, white collar crimes, property interest disputes and legislative matters.

In addition to her involvement in the NBA, Barnes is active in the community and local and national legal associations. She serves as a director of the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit Board;the American Bar Association Liaison to the Federal Legislative Development Committee of the Labor and Employment Section; former member of the District of Columbia Bar Board of Governors (2006 - 2012); immediate past Chair of the District of Columbia Public Employee Relations Board and a current fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Barnes was also previously named to “40 Top Lawyers under 40” by Washingtonian Magazine and “40 under 40” by Kaleidoscope magazine. She received her J.D. and B.A., magna cum laude, with honors, from Case Western Reserve University.

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