Jennifer Y. Barber

T 502.779.8154
F 502.581.1087
400 West Market Street
Suite 3200
Louisville, Kentucky 40202-3363

Jennifer is an attorney in the firm’s Louisville office where she 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.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • 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

Memberships & Affiliations

  • University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, 2016-present
  • 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

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Legal Aid Society, Associate Campaign Team Captain, 2009-2012
  • Southeast Christian Church, Member

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Published Works

"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)


Presenter, "Women Rising:  Leading the Property Tax Galaxy and Beyond," IPT 43rd Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, June 2019 

Moderator, "SALT + Transfer Pricing," ABA Section of Taxation 2018 May Meeting, Washington, D.C., May 2018

Presenter, "Updates:  Administrative, Legislative & Judicial for Kentucky," Institute for Professionals in Taxation Sales and Use Tax Workshop - Manufacturing in the Southeast, Memphis, Tennessee, March 2018

Presenter, "All Things Manufacturing:  Understanding Exemptions and Exclusions in the Southeastern States," Institute for Professionals in Taxation Sales and Use Tax Workshop - Manufacturing in the Southeast, Memphis, Tennessee, March 2018

Presenter, "Kentucky Tax Update," Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Legislative Review, Lexington, Kentucky, November 14, 2017

Presenter, "Kentucky Tax Developments - Year in Review," 24th Annual Paul J. Hartman SALT Forum, Nashville, Tennessee, November 6, 2017

Presenter, "Tax Reform in Kentucky:  What Does The Future Hold?" Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Tax Summit, Lexington, Kentucky, September 14, 2017

Presenter, "Kentucky Tax Reform," Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, July 20, 2017

Presenter, "Kentucky Reform Mania: First Economic Development, Now Taxes," Kentucky Bar Association 2012 Annual Convention, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2012

Panelist, "Got Diversity? An Honest Look at the Many Faces of the Law," Louisville Bar Association, Louisville, Kentucky, November 2011

Presenter, "U @ 18 Program," Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Louisville, Kentucky, April 2009

Panelist, "Equal Treatment for All: Diversity in Kentucky Courts," Administrative Office of the Courts, Louisville, Kentucky, March 2008

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