Barbra Parlin is a partner in Holland & Knight's New York office and is a member of the firm's Litigation Section. Ms. Parlin practices in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors' rights and litigation. She represents persons who are in or are touched by financial distress, including debtors, indenture trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders and other parties in interest in Chapter 11 cases, 363 sales and other bankruptcy related matters. She also represents defendants/creditors in preference and fraudulent transfer actions, represents secured creditors/lessors in actions to recover collateral and/or leased property, advises creditors on pre-bankruptcy planning and protection strategies, advises investors in distressed debt and defends creditors in claims objection proceedings. Ms. Parlin also has represented the foreign representative/debtor and creditors in numerous cases under Chapter 15 in aid of foreign insolvency proceedings.

In addition, she has broad experience in matters concerning corporate governance, director and officer liability, derivative and securities fraud litigation, SEC investigations and commercial litigation and has advised boards of directors with respect to their fiduciary obligations. Ms. Parlin has managed a broad range of litigation matters including bankruptcy and avoidance litigation, securities fraud, shareholder derivative litigation, SEC investigations, merger and acquisition litigation, corporate governance actions, construction litigation, directors' and officers' insurance issues and other general commercial litigation.

Ms. Parlin analyzes real estate transactions with respect to fraudulent conveyance issues, and also represents real estate clients in connection with claims in insolvency proceedings. Ms. Parlin has defended law firm clients in cases alleging claims to recover unfinished business, preferences, fraudulent conveyances under state and federal law, as well as damages for breach of contract and torts such as tortious interference and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty. She also advises individual partners faced with liability after their firms filed bankruptcy.

Ms. Parlin has served as the New York office recruiting and diversity partner and as partner coordinator for the New York office Women's Initiative. She is a member of the 2006 class of Rising Stars. 

Ms. Parlin was the recipient of the George A. Katz Memorial Award for Academic Excellence in Securities Regulation from New York University School of Law. She also served as staff editor and articles editor of the Environmental Law Journal


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Yale University, B.A., Religious Studies, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Litigation Committee
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
Honors & Awards
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2013-2019


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