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Barbara McGinnis, CELA

Attorney and Partner

Bring this leader on the national elder care law stage to your readers, listeners, and viewers. 


Attorney. Geriatric Nurse. Facility Executive. Caregiver.

As a Certified Elder Law Attorney who has also worked as a nurse, a gerontological nurse practitioner, and a long-term care facility executive, Barbara brings a unique perspective to your audience. Her deep expertise—and her compelling personal story—will resonate deeply with your readers, viewers, and listeners. 


  • COVID & Nursing Homes

  • Paying for Care

  • Residential Transitions

  • Demographic Trends

  • Estate Planning

  • Legal Issues

  • Medicaid Planning

  • Elder Care Law

  • Patient Advocacy

  • VA Benefits

  • Caregiving

  • Care Advocacy


​Barbara can also help you identify next-level story ideas that will keep you ahead of the curve. 

About Barbara McGinnis

Certified Elder Law Attorney Barbara McGinnis has been practicing law in the Nashville area since 2011.  She is attorney and partner at Johnson McGinnis Elder Care Law & Estate Planning, the nation’s leading elder care law firm.  


  • Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Austin Peay State University

  • Master’s degree as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner from Vanderbilt University

  • Juris Doctor degree from Nashville School of Law
    Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) and Certified Elder Law Specialist

  • VA-accredited attorney

  • 20 years as a Registered Nurse and Gerontological Nurse Practitioner; Certified Wound Care Specialist

  • Executive management, sales, consulting, and business development experience in long-term care settings, including nearly a decade as Director of Nursing Services at a large local continuing care retirement center in the Nashville area

  • Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) since 2011

  • Member of NAELA Board of Directors since 2022

  • Chairperson, Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, 2016

  • Chairperson, Elder Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, 2016

As Seen On

Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Hour

Media Resume

Barbara McGinnis is an experienced guest, panelist, and television host. She is a frequent guest on Morning Line and Open Line on Nashville Channel 5+, answering callers’ questions. Barbara has also co-hosted Takacs McGinnis Elder Care Law Hour, a show that aired for two years on Nashville's Channel 5+.   


Barbara McGinnis is the co-host of Aging Starts Now, a weekly podcast on elder care-related topics.


Legal Publishing Credits

Barbara McGinnis is a frequent contributor to Main Street Media publications, writing articles about elder care law, public benefits, and estate planning issues. She has also written for Mature Lifestyles Magazine


  • Contributing author, Aging and Money: Reducing the Risk of Financial Exploitation and Protecting Financial Resources, Humana Press, 2014

Bring Barbara McGinnis to Your Audience
To book Barbara McGinnis on your program or to arrange for an interview, call (615) 824-2571 or email us

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