Jennifer Y. Barber
Jennifer focuses her practice in the areas of state and local tax, economic incentives and government affairs. Her comprehensive practice includes advising national and local clients on tax planning to serving as counsel in litigation in administrative and judicial disputes. She has represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on numerous constitutional tax issues.
Jennifer is a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent rated attorney and has been named to Kentucky Rising Stars® and Martindale Hubbell’s Registry of Preeminent Women Lawyers. She was recognized as a member of the Louisville Business First “Forty Under 40” Class of 2011 and honored as Business First of Louisville’s “Enterprising Woman to Watch” in 2015 for her impact on state, local and economic development.
Jennifer was appointed by Kentucky’s Governor to serve on the University of Kentucky’s Board of Trustees and reappointed to the Kentucky State Fair Board, which has over $450 million in economic impact to Kentucky. She also serves on the local advisory board for U.S. Bank, the nation’s fifth largest commercial bank.
Jennifer serves on the American Bar Association’s State and Local Tax Executive Committee and Transparency Tax Force. Jennifer has written extensively on the subject of state and local taxation, with articles appearing in numerous publications, including State Tax Notes and Bloomberg BNA. She is a frequent speaker on state and local taxes, speaking at the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators conference, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, and the Kentucky Society of CPAs annual conference, among others.
Jennifer previously served in the U.S. Department of State as Special Advisor to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations and United States Delegate to the 75th United Nations General Assembly where she delivered formal statements on behalf of the U.S. government, advised on foreign policy, and negotiated with other delegations to advance United States positions in the areas of human rights and humanitarian aid.
Jennifer is a member of the Kentucky and D.C. bars.
University of Kentucky, J.D., 2008
Kentucky Law Journal, Notes Editor
University of Kentucky, B.S., Communications, 2005
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2008
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2008
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky 2008
United States Tax Court, 2008
U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
The Best Lawyers in America©, Tax Law, 2019
Business First of Louisville’s Enterprising Woman to Watch, 2015
Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Rising Stars® 2013-2016
Featured in Louisville Today’s Woman Magazine, April 2013 issue
Recipient, Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
Featured in University of Kentucky Department of Communication Newsletter, November 2012
Business First of Louisville’s Forty Under 40 Award, 2011
Featured in Frankfort State Journal’s “Frankfort Faces,” July 2011
University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2016-2019
University of Kentucky Athletics Committee Chair, 2018-2019; Vice Chair, 2019
Board Member, U.S. Bank Louisville Advisory Board, 2014-present
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation Executive Committee, 2013-present
Board Member and Finance Committee Chair, Kentucky State Fair Board, 2014-2018
Leadership Louisville, Class of 2014
Member, Louisville Bar Association, Diversity Initiative Task Force
Member, SALT Transparency in Tax Task Force, American Bar Association, 2013
Vice-Chair, American Bar Association, SALT Practice and Procedure Subcommittee, 2013
Board Member, Louisville Bar Association Board of Directors, 2012-2015
Board Member, Kentucky Bar Foundation, 2012-2015
Chair, Kentucky Bar Association Tax Section, 2011
Vice-Chair and Treasurer, Kentucky Bar Association Tax Section, 2010
Treasurer, Kentucky Bar Association Tax Section, 2009
Member, Institute for Professionals in Taxation Economic Incentives Planning Committee, 2012-2015
American Bar Association
Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County
Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators
National Association of Property Tax Attorneys
Institute for Professional in Taxation
Member, University of Kentucky Strategic Planning Committee, 2006-2009
Alumni Representative, University of Kentucky College of Law
Legal Aid Society, Associate Campaign Team Captain, 2009-2012
Southeast Christian Church, Member
Diversity and Inclusion Committee, former Member
Nominating Committee and the Associate Personnel Committee, former Member
“Kentucky Joins the IRS & Over 35 Other States That Require Administration Rulings Be Made Public,” Kentucky Chamber News, June/July 2019
“Transparency In Tax Is Trending in Kentucky: A Look Inside the Most Recent Open Records Win,” Bloomberg BNA, February, 2015
“Department of Revenue Appeals Recent Taxpayer Win Concerning Kentucky’s Inventory in Transit Exemption and Seeks Review of Pay-To-Play Issue,” IPT January Tax Report, January, 2015
“The Sunshine of Defending Public Records Laws: Fighting for Case Records and Ensuring Government Transparency,” Bloomberg BNA, August, 2014
“Kentucky Court of Appeals Awards Substantial Refunds After Determining Taxpayer’s Removal Of Non-Kentucky Subsidiaries From Its Consolidated Returns Was Justified Under Applicable Nexus Statute,” IPT Tax Report, co-author, August 2014
“Year in Review – 2012 Kentucky Tax Developments,” Journal of State Taxation, co-author, July-August 2013
“Are Taxing Authorities Holding Your SALT Planning Captive? A Look at Captive Insurance Trends in State and Local Tax,” Bloomberg BNA, co-author, 2012
“Year in Review – 2011 Kentucky Tax Developments,” Journal of State Taxation, co-author, March-April 2012
“Economic Tax Incentives Potpourri: The States Are Buying Jobs,” IPT Tax Report, co-author, November 2011
“Year in Review – 2012 Kentucky Tax Developments,” Journal of State Taxation, co-author, July-August 2011
“O Preemption Where Art Thou?: ERISA’s Lost State and Local Tax Preemption,” The State and Local Tax Lawyer, Vol. 64, No.4 co-author (Summer 2011)
“Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Rule on Income Tax Nexus,” Business Entities, co-author, Volume 13, Number 2 (2011)
“United States Supreme Court Denies Opportunity Presented in Recent State Tax Case Involving ERISA Preemption,” IPT Tax Report, co-author, May 2010
“Buyer Beware” The Fine Print in State Tax Incentive Deals in Theory and in Practice,” BNA Multistate Tax Report, co-author, April 2010
“Act Sheds Light on Kentucky’s Tax Appeal Process,” Louisville Bar Association Bar Briefs, co-author, December 2008
“The Flood of Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace – Balancing the Interests of Pregnant Women and Their Employers,” 96 Ky. L.J. 487 (2008)
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