Donna Powe Green has been admitted to all of the state and federal Bars of Louisiana and Mississippi since 1988 and has actively practiced in both states throughout her legal career. Donna was awarded the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell in 2013 and is proud of her AV Rating Award by peer review through Martindale-Hubble which is only available to attorneys who have been admitted to the bar at least ten years and have achieved the highest level of legal ability and ethics.

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation
    • Civil Litigation involves lawsuits between individuals and/or businesses and may include personal injury matters such as automobile accidents, premises liability, insurance coverage disputes, contract battles, the dissolution of business relationships, and a variety of other matters other than the prosecution of individuals who are alleged to have committed crimes.
    • Car Rental Law refers to the unique body of law that has arisen in the car rental industry and includes such topics as product liability, negligent entrustment, employer liability (also known as respondeat superior or master-servant liability) and obligations related to self-insurance.
    • Personal Injury Litigation may involve representation of an individual injured through the fault (intentional or negligent) of a third party or defense of the third party who is alleged to have caused injury. Examples of this type of litigation include automobile accidents, slip and fall, premises liability and product liability.
    • Insurance Defense includes both the representations of insureds who have been accused in civil litigation of causing harm to another and defense of insurers who may be subject to Direct Action, meaning a suit filed directly against the insurer.
    • Premises Liability claims relate to damages that arise in connection with the ownership of real property. Examples include slip and fall, failure to provide adequate security and loss or damage by fire or water.
    • Product Liability refers to the legal liability of manufacturers and sellers to compensate for damages or injuries suffered because of defects in goods purchased.
    • “Bad Faith” is a term of art that addresses disputes between insureds and insurers in matters such as failure to defend or indemnify, failure to promptly and fairly handle claims, and failure to pay insureds in the manner required by the policy and/or applicable laws. In some states (like Louisiana), insureds who successfully prosecute their insurers for bad faith may receive punitive damages and attorneys’ fees in addition to their actual damages.
    • Construction Litigation relates to claims of faulty construction of residences and other buildings and claims that arise under the New Home Warranty Act.
    • Business (or Commercial) Litigation includes such claims as those which arise from breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties among business partners and the dissolution of businesses.
  • Appeals
    • Appeals seek post-trial relief from the decisions rendered by an inferior (trial) court to obtain review (and perhaps reversal) by a superior (appellate) court, either to an intermediate level such as a court of appeal or to a supreme court.
  • Mediation
    • Mediation is a method of alternative dispute resolution facilitated by a neutral third party who is usually an attorney who does not represent any party in the litigation but who has been trained in techniques to assist in the settlement of litigated matters without the expense, delays and uncertainties of trial.
  • Consultation

Professional Rating


  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers – 2013


University of Mississippi Law School | Oxford, MS
Juris Doctor — Cum Laude 1988
Activities: Moot Court Board; Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society; Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity
Awards: American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Professions

University of Southern Mississippi | Hattiesburg, MS
Bachelor of Arts English – Magna Cum Laude 1985
Activities: University Honors College

Bar Admissions

Louisiana 1988

  • All state courts including the five Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Mississippi 1988

  • All state courts including the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi

Louisiana and Mississippi

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Experience

Green Law Firm, formerly Barnes and Green
Partner / Owner
Hattiesburg, MS
1998 – Present


Bryant, Clark, Dukes, Blakeslee, Ramsay & Hammond
Non-Equity Partner
Hattiesburg, MS
1996 – 1998


Trinchard & Trinchard
New Orleans, LA
1994 – 1996


Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre
New Orleans, LA
1988 – 1994

Published Decisions (Partial)

Franklin v. Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 104 So.3d 720 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2012)
Hussain v. Enterprise leasing Company, Inc., 735 So.2d 46 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1999)
Salavarria v. National Car Rental System, Inc., 705 So.2d 809 (La. App. 4 Cir.
Bolton v. Tulane University of Louisiana, 692 So.2d 1113 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1997)
Weston v. Hollis, 647 So.2d 459 (La. App. 2 Cir. 1994)
Myers v. Burger King Corporation, 638 So.2d 369 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1994)
Myers v. Burger King Corporation, 618 So.2d 1123 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1993)
Luckette v. Bart’s on the Lake, Limited, 602 So.2d 108 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1992)
O’Neal v. Church’s Fried Chicken, Inc., 580 So.2d 706 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1991)
Conerly v. South Central Bell Telephone Company, 557 So.2d 1041 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1990)

Michael R. Barnes is also admitted to practice in all state and federal courts of Mississippi and Louisiana courts.