White Wiggins & Barnes, LLP



Practice Areas

  • Litigation, Compliance & Investigations

  • Emerging Market Development

  • Entertainment, Sports & Media


  • State Bar of Texas

  • District of Columbia Bar

  • US District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • US Court of Federal Claims


J.D., University of Chicago Law School, Illinois
B.A., Columbia College Chicago, Illinois




Kennedy Barnes is a Partner in the Dallas office.  For nearly 25 years, Kennedy has led efforts in a variety of industries, including dispute resolution and avoidance, energy, development and entertainment.  Kennedy has represented  multinational and multibillion-dollar corporations and his list of clients includes banks, real estate developers, fund managers, governmental parastatals, and oil companies.  Comfortable in the courtroom, with a keen awareness of business implications and the bottom line of the boardroom, Kennedy has litigated numerous cases involving complex commercial disputes, including shareholder derivative actions and business torts, product liability, energy, patent disputes and deceptive trade practice claims.  Kennedy's trial docket has included matters pending in courts throughout Texas, as well as New York, Nevada, Florida, Illinois and New Mexico state courts, and in various federal courts.  He has also investigated and litigated claims related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, fraud, SEC and various state securities laws, and myriad other commercial disputes. 

Kennedy also advises and consults in the energy and manufacturing sectors in South Africa and Nigeria and has worked internationally with energy companies and on strategy and market expansion issues.   A documentary film maker and musician himself, Kennedy works on cross-border projects with international recording artists, producers and actors to spur economic and social development.  He brings invaluable business acumen and creative instincts to the complex legal and business issues of our clients.


  • Successful pursuit of management fees and royalties owed to manager of well-known entertainer

  • Defense of alleged copyright infringement matter on behalf of internationally acclaimed entertainer and major music distribution company

  • Advised various music, film and television producers related to development and production of original works

  • Lead counsel in $66 million commercial real estate dispute in Nevada

  • Represented multi-billion hedge fund in variety of disputes related to mortgage-backed securities

  • Represented investment advisors related to commission related disputes and FINRA arbitrations

  • Represented a national oil and gas company in Southern Africa related to dispute resolution and strategy

  • Represent producer and content creators related to television and web-based production

  • Represented national automotive manufacturer related to tort and warranty claims throughout Texas

  • Represent Nigerian oil and gas company related to oil mining leases

  • Represented banks and lending institutions related to disputes with borrowers