Nellie Q. Barnard is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight’s Portland office. She focuses her practice on commercial litigation with a particular focus on legal ethics and risk management for lawyers and law firms.

As a litigator, Ms. Barnard’s practice includes representing clients in employment matters, complex business disputes, and financial services litigation. She is an experienced appellate advocate for her litigation clients. As a legal ethics lawyer, her practice includes defending lawyers in attorney discipline matters in both Oregon and Washington, and assisting clients at any point at which legal ethics issues intersect with litigation, such as sanctions motions, withdrawal, disqualification motions, privilege disputes and fee disputes.

Ms. Barnard is also active in her community. She is the current chair of the Multnomah Bar Association Professionalism Committee and serves on the Associates’ Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice. In addition, she is an office coordinator for Holland & Knight’s Women’s Initiative.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Barnard clerked for the Honorable Virginia L. Linder on the Oregon Supreme Court.


  • Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, J.D., cum laude
  • Middlebury College, B.A., magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Professionalism Committee, Chair
  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Campaign for Equal Justice, Associates' Committee
  • Joyce A. Harpole Committee
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2018
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star Award, 2017


Speaking Engagements