Barbra Parlin is an attorney 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.

Ms. Parlin 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 the foreign representative/liquidator/debtor and creditors in numerous cases under Chapter 15 in aid of foreign insolvency proceedings. Ms. Parlin represents defendants/creditors in preference, fraudulent transfer and other avoidance type actions; creditors in claim objection proceedings and secured creditors/lessors in actions to recover collateral and/or leased property; and advises creditors and distressed debt investors on pre-bankruptcy planning and claim/investment strategies.

In addition, Ms. Parlin has broad experience in matters concerning corporate governance, director and officer liability, derivative and securities fraud litigation, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigations and commercial litigation. She has advised boards of directors with respect to their fiduciary obligations and has managed a broad range of litigation matters, including bankruptcy and avoidance litigation, securities fraud, shareholder derivative litigation, SEC investigations, merger and acquisition (M&A) 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 represents real estate clients in connection with claims in insolvency proceedings. Ms. Parlin defends 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 previously served as the New York office's recruiting and diversity partner as well as partner coordinator of the Women's Initiative.

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, Metro Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights, 2013-2019
  • Holland & Knight Rising Star, Class of 2006


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