Phone:

866-378-1624

Fax:

614-228-0032

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Belinda S. Barnes

is a partner in the law firm of Gallagher, Gams, Pryor, Tallan & Littrell, L.L.P. where she practices in the areas of First and Third Party Insurance Defense and Commercial and Personal Lines of Insurance.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Closed Head Injuries / Traumatic Brain Injury Claims
  • Insurance Claims Management
  • Insurance Defense
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Litigation
  • Negligence Law

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1987
  • U.S. District Courts Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio

Education

  • The Ohio State University College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D., with Honors – 1987
  • The Ohio State University
    • B.S. summa cum laude – 1984

Representative Clients

  • Lead counsel in hundreds of lawsuits filed in Common Pleas and Municipal Courts throughout Ohio as well as the U.S. District Courts, for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio
  • Represent individuals and companies accused of negligence and/or intentional torts
  • Assist clients in investigating and determining insurance coverage
  • Defend individuals and companies against questionable debt collection practices

Classes/Seminars

  • Jury Verdicts, Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Civil Cases, 1998 – 2003
  • Civil Jury Trials for Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, formerly BAR Briefs, 1998 – 2010
  • Numerous articles for Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, including “Details on a Noble Calling” and “No More ‘Winning at Any Cost’ Elections”

Honors and Awards

  • Earned Martindale-Hubbell “A-V” peer review designation (legal ability “Very High to Preeminent” and general ethical reputation “Very High”)
  • Selected to Super Lawyers from 2007–present. Only 5% of the lawyers in the State of Ohio are selected based upon peer recognition and professional achievement

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, 1987 – Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Sustaining Member, 2000 – Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, President, 2006 – 2007
  • Columbus Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2000 – 2008
  • Columbus Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, 1995 – 1999
  • Columbus Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, 2008 – Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee Chairperson, 1996 – 1997
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee, 1996 – Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Judicial Campaign Advertising Committee Chairperson, 2000 – 2001
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, Admissions Committee, 1998 – Present
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, Ad Hoc Subcommittee Evaluating Judiciary Committee Procedures, 1996 – 1999
  • Columbus Bar Association, Member, Ad Hoc Subcommittee Screening Candidates for Judicial Appointment, 1998 – 2006
  • Columbus Bar Association, Writer, Civil Jury Trials for Columbus Bar Lawyers Quarterly, 1998 – 2010
  • Columbus Bar Foundation, 2000 – Present
  • Columbus Bar Foundation Board, 2001- Present
  • Columbus Bar Foundation Officer, 2016 – Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, 1987 – Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2010 – 2014
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Judicial Campaign Advertising Monitoring Committee, 2002 – Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Vice-Chair, 2002 – Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member, Council of Delegates, 2006 – Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Chair, Council of Delegates Screening Committee, 2006 – 2007 and 2017 – 2018
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, 2013 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1999 – 2009
  • American Inns of Court, Chief Justice Moyer Inn, Member, 1993 – Present
  • American Inns of Court, Chief Justice Moyer Inn, President, 2003 – 2005 and 2016 – Present
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Member, 1995 – 2009
  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Member, 2001 – 2009
  • Franklin County Women Lawyers, Member, 2003 – Present
  • Ohio Women’s Bar Association, Member, 2004 – 2015
  • Past Volunteer Mediator, Settlement Week
  • Columbus Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (COACTA), Member, 1993 – 1995
  • Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA), Member, 1995 – Present
  • Lawyer Advisor for Westerville North Mock Trial Program, 1992 – 1993

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Central Ohio Families with Children from China (COFCC), 2003 – 2009
  • Volunteer for Columbus Legal Aid, 2016 – Present

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