Heidi Barcus has been a shareholder at the Knoxville, Tennessee, law firm of London Amburn since 1999 and serves as Litigation Team leader. She guides providers from all areas of healthcare through complex litigation. Her experience in the courtroom includes medical defense, professional negligence, long-term care and prison medical defense.
Barcus’ passion for health law began in law school and flourished during her time as a staff attorney and assistant general counsel at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. She represents providers in matters involving standard of care, disease outcomes, safety protocols, medical research and expert testimony. She has successfully defended individual physicians, physician groups, nurses, chiropractors, medical directors and acupuncturists at trial and in mediation.
Barcus has obtained successful results for a wide variety of clients, including a 100% favorable outcome rate in medical malpractice jury trials. She has led cases in all areas of medical defense, including protecting more than $50 million in complex medical injury cases. Her trial record includes landmark decisions in state and federal courts.
Barcus is Chair of the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division, and she authors a bimonthly practice management column for Law Practice Magazine. She has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law and is a past president of the Knoxville Bar Association.
Of particular note is her work with the Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville’s premier mental health services organization, where she serves on the board of directors and as counsel. Awards include Midsouth Super Lawyer – 2018-2021; Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice – 2020; Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year for Civil Rights – 2021; Martindale-Hubbell, AV-Rated – 2020; and City View Magazine, Knoxville Top Attorneys in Hospital & Health Care Law – 2009.
She earned her bachelor’s degree at Baylor University, her master’s degree at Ohio University, and her JD, cum laude, at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
ABA Law Practice Division Chair Heidi Barcus and Vice Chair Mary Vandenack discuss the many resources available to attorneys from solos through big law firms.
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