Tasha Barnes has defended hundreds of catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases involving significant exposure over the past twenty years. She focuses on personal injury litigation and professional negligence cases, primarily representing construction companies, business owners and health care providers. Her health care experience includes defending a Level 1 Trauma Center and teaching hospital, nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacies, emergency medical service providers, medical spas and radiology clinics. Her cases range the gamut from alleged failure to timely diagnose cancer, failure to inform a patient of key lab results, improper emergent care, improper pre-natal care to minor burns from a laser. Additionally, her practice includes products liability including medical device litigation, premises liability, liquor liability including fraternities, bars and restaurants, recreational liability including health clubs and adventure sports, as well as claims against non-subscribing employers.
Tasha’s approach to litigation focuses on efficient and cost-effective resolutions to cases either through early settlement or dispositive motion. Through early case evaluations and attempts at resolution, she seeks to minimize costs and promote the best interests of the client. Most recently, Tasha favorably settled a medical malpractice case prior to taking any depositions through informal, cooperative discovery.
In 2011, the Texas Supreme Court affirmed a summary judgment motion authored by Tasha in Foreman v. Allen Keller Co. This opinion represents a significant change in Texas law concerning the duty of a construction contractor. Another summary judgment she authored was affirmed by the Third Court of Appeals in 2011, and is significant with respect to insurance in the construction industry. In 2017, Tasha tried two personal injury jury trials in Travis County and obtained complete defense verdicts in both cases. Both cases involved the construction industry, one involving a construction accident and the other involving a motor vehicle collision with a street sweeper.