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Julie-Karel (JK) Elkin is a partner in Barton’s Nashville office.

JK maintains a proven track record in the legal industry and business community of delivering honest and practical legal counsel to privately owned businesses and the entrepreneurs who run them. She is a trusted advisor who, for many clients, functions as their outside general counsel. She draws upon the robust and multi-disciplinary practices at Barton to provide the full scope of services and advice a business owner needs to grow and protect their enterprises. As a former business owner herself, JK takes pride in building true partnerships with her clients, providing them with strategic direction, education, and solutions.

JK is a frequent presenter at the Southeast Business Forum, and she speaks to and trains frequently on compliance, GDPR, cybersecurity, hostile work environment, and more. JK also assists healthcare professionals and practice managers secure their office operations through management training and regulatory compliance with HIPAA and HITECH.

JK has skills in the boardroom and the courtroom with more than 15 years of litigation experience defending some of the largest insurance carriers in Tennessee as well as businesses and individuals. She has represented insurance brokers, agents, and other professionals at trial and in administrative proceedings.

Prior to joining Barton, JK practiced at the national firm of Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP.


  • Business Transactions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Formation, Governance, and Compliance
  • Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, GDPR Compliance
  • Emerging Companies and Venture Capital
  • Executive Compensation and Separation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internal Investigations
  • Labor and Employment Disputes
  • Labor, Employment, and Executive Compensation
  • Real Estate
  • Private Client Services

Industry Experience:

  • Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Finance
  • Food and Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Technology


  • Nashville School of Law, Salutatorian, J.D.
  • Cumberland University, B.A. Political Science, cum laude


  • Tennessee
  • Tennessee Trial and Appellate Courts Tennessee Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern Districts of Tennessee
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court, Eligible


  • Alumni and Parent Battle Ground Academy
  • Feed America First
  • Davis House
  • Read2Me and founding member Community Capital Social Investment Group
  • The Giving Garden and Second Harvest


  • Tennessee Trained Mediator and Legal Mentor
  • HIPAA Certification
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • Nashville School of Law Rigorous Writing Mentor