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Barbara is a nationally recognized health care attorney who has been involved since the beginning at the intersection of Internet technology and health care, including artificial intelligence. Noted for her M&A, data privacy and governance, and strategic business advice, Barbara has led transactions and provided counsel for sophisticated and complex health care and health care service businesses that have included numerous multinational Fortune 50 companies.

A sought-after critical thinker and trusted strategic legal advisor, Barbara has counseled clients that include health plans, hospital systems, behavioral health businesses, labs, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, and companies providing IT, revenue cycle, turn-key management and data analytics services to the health care industry. She has been a successful senior partner in a top-ten global law firm, as well as having more than a decade of in-house legal and business experience, including as General Counsel. She was described as “creative, practical, intelligent” by the 2012 Legal 500 US Rankings.

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Legal Work Highlights

Primary outside legal counsel for establishment and operation of global enterprise privacy and data governance function for complex Fortune 20 health care services company.

Lead outside legal counsel for Fortune 20 health care services company for negotiation, documentation, maintenance and renewals of complex and material private label and services contract relationship.

Regularly reconciled and integrated privacy, security and data protection laws of multiple countries in advising on the development and implementation of global products and services, many involving health information.

Lead counsel to a private for-profit entity in deals to provide development, construction and operating services to ambulatory cancer centers affiliated with teaching hospitals.

Represented large investment bank on innovative strategy for the acquisition of more than a dozen hospitals by a consortium of non-profit providers.

Managed numerous data breaches for large publicly-traded businesses, including forensics, legal analysis and communications strategy.

Advised on strategies for the creation, use and protection of large corporate databases for multiple Fortune 25 clients.

Designed and implemented roll-out strategy and associated legal documents for national health care franchise.

General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for health plan management company.

Associate General Counsel for leading University and Medical Center.

Judicial Law Clerk, Judge Thomas Wiseman, USDC, MDTN, 1983-84.


Law School

Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review

Undergraduate School

Vanderbilt University, B.S., Mathematics, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Memberships

Barbara is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Tennessee Bar Association


Local & National Recognition

Washington, DC Super Lawyers, 2007-2013, including Top 50 Women, 2007-2010

Legal Times Life Sciences Leading Lawyer (solo award), 2006

Expert Guide to Leading U.S. Health Care Lawyers, 2006

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), AI Governance Professional Certification (AIGP), 2024

Tennessee Bar Association AI Task Force, 2024

International Women’s Forum, 2012-present

Board of Advisors, Rock the Street Wall Street, 2016-2018

Board of Directors, Nashville CARES, 2011-2014

Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, U.S. District Court, 1991-1993

Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution, 1992-1995

Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, U.S. District Court, 1994-1995

Tennessee Bar Commission on Status of Women and Minorities in Profession

Board of Directors, National Association of College and University Counsel, 1991-1994

Firm Committees

Barbara serves or has served in the following leadership role(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Committee for Advancing Use of Artificial Intelligence, Vice Chair


Barbara was invited to speak at the following events:

“How to Advise Clients on AI with only a Law Degree,” Association of Corporate Counsel, November 2023

“Art of Ethical AI,” Page One Legal, December 2023

“AI in Health Care: Navigating Privacy Risk,” Cincinnati Bar Association, December 2023

“Realizing the Promise and Realizing the Risk of AI with a Governance Program,” Nashville Bar Association, December 2023

“Realizing the Promise and Managing the Peril of AI,” Bayou City Bio Pulse; Greater Houston Partnership, December 2023

“Navigating the AI Drama with a Governance Program,” Texas Hospital Association, Annual Meeting, February 2024


Major Publications

Barbara is an author or contributor to the following publications:

“Private equity in health care: three takeaways going forward,” Rueters, May 2024

Editor-in-Chief of 600+ page BNA treatise: eHealth Business and Transactional Law, 2002 with 2004 and 2006 Supplements

Barbara Bennett, Application of the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Employer Benefit Plans and a Compliance Theory of Statutory Interpretation, JOURNAL OF HEALTH LAW, Spring 2004, at 225.

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