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 consumer financial services litigation. She is also an experienced appellate advocate for her clients. Ms. Barnard has successfully represented business clients in numerous state and federal courts, involving contract disputes, trade secrets, unfair trade practices claims and business torts. 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. In her consumer financial services litigation, Ms. Barnard represents financial institutions such as national and state banks, auto finance companies, mortgage lenders and servicers, as well as other consumer financial service providers in litigation and arbitration. She has significant experience defending claims arising under the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) among other state and federal consumer protection laws.

Ms. Barnard is also active in her community. She serves on the Multnomah Bar Association board and the Multnomah Bar Foundation board and is a member of the Associates' Committee for the Campaign for Equal Justice.

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, Board of Directors
  • Multnomah Bar Foundation, Board of Directors
  • 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
  • Rising Star, Oregon Super Lawyers magazine, 2020
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2018, 2019
  • Holland & Knight Public and Charitable Service All-Star Award, 2017


Speaking Engagements