Caroline E. Sapp

Managing Attorney, Tennessee Office


Caroline has worked her entire career to help clients who have been harmed by the negligent or intentional acts of wrongdoers. Helping others when an unanticipated, unexpected loss occurs is Caroline’s passion. During her legal career, Caroline has successfully represented hundreds of clients in personal injury matters, including accidents involving vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, and tractor trailers. 

Caroline manages The Barnes Firm’s Tennessee office, and helps individuals and small businesses in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases, fraud, and other complex litigation matters.

A fifth-generation White County, Tennessean, Caroline graduated from White County High School and attended Tennessee Tech University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees.  After graduating from Tech, Caroline attended the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctor.  After graduating, Caroline moved back to Middle Tennessee and represented clients in personal injury matters at the Law Offices of John Day, P.C. from 2014 until 2020. 

Caroline has been recognized for her leadership and experience.  In 2020, she was selected as a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law class, and in 2019, Caroline was selected as one of the twenty-five members of the 2019 Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Caroline was named a Mid-South Super Lawyers Rising Star. 

Not only is Caroline committed to helping her clients, she is also committed to serving in the legal community.  Caroline is a member of the Nashville Bar Association where she is a Managing Editor and co-chair of the Nashville Bar Journal. In 2016, she was named “Contributor of the Year” for her work on the Journal. She is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter, where she serves on the Board as a newsletter editor, and the Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, where she serves as the 2019 – 2021 President. 

Pratice Areas

  • Personal Injury + Wrongful Death
  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • False Arrest
  • Fraud
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Nursing Home Abuse | Neglect
  • Sexual Assault | Abuse
  • Liquor Liability
  • Premises Liability


  • Tennessee Bar Association, Member, 2015–Present
  • Tennessee State High School Mock Trial Tournament, Volunteer
  • Nashville Bar Journal Committee, Co-Chair and Managing Editor, 2018–Present
  • Nashville Bar Association (NBA), Member, 2015–Present
  • NBA’s Mock Trial Tournament, Volunteer
  • NBA’s Defending Freedom in the Nashville Sit-in Trials, Volunteer Presenter
  • NBA’s Friday Fundamentals, Participant
  • Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association, President, 2019–2021
  • Upper Cumberland Young Lawyers Association (UCYLA), Member, 2015–Present
  • UCYLA’s Suffrage Project, 2020
  • UCYLA’s Packs for Pints, Spearheaded the Second Annual Event, 2020
  • UCYLA’s Packs for Pints, Spearheaded the Inaugural Event, 2019
  • Lawyers’ Association for Women (LAW), Newsletter Editor, Board Member, 2019–2021
  • LAW’s Publicity, Technology, and Social Media Committee, Chair, 2017–2019
  • LAW’s Judicial Appointments, Elections, and Awards Committee, Co-Chair, 2015–2017
  • Putnam County, Tennessee Schools’ “Fairy Tales on Trial” Mock Trial, Volunteer
  • Legal Aid Society Debt Collection Clinic, Attorney Volunteer
  • Legal Aid Society Tornado Victims Clinic, Attorney Volunteer
  • Lawyers for Littles Bowling Tournament, Volunteer
  • Joint Operation for Veterans, Legal Services Volunteer, Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Project Homeless Connect, Volunteer
  • Alternative Spring Break Volunteer, Family Law Track Participant


  • 2020-2021 Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law, Class Member
  • 2019 Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum, Class Member
  • 2019 Mid-South Rising Star List, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018 Mid-South Rising Star List, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016 Nashville Bar Association’s “Contributor of the Year”
  • 2014 CALI Award Recipient, Elder Law Clinic
  • 2013 CALI Award Recipient, Comparative Law Seminar
  • 2013–2014 Leo Bearman Sr. American Inn of Court, Pupil
  • 2014 Law Student for Justice
  • 2012 Dean’s Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award Recipient
  • 2011 Lora L. Printz Poetry Award Recipient


  • Year 2020: Can There Be Any Silver Lining? 20 Nashville Bar Journal 6 (Dec./Jan. 2020-2021)
  • Dog Parent Duties: A Dog Owner’s Responsibilities in Tennessee, 18 Nashville Bar Journal 3 (Jun./July 2018)
  • Some Not So Minor Considerations for Settlements for Minors, Legal Summit, March 2018
  • Syria and The Refugee Crisis, 17 Nashville Bar Journal 4 (Aug./Sept. 2017)
  • Revenge & Privacy Protection: Tennessee Takes a Stand Against Nonconsensual Distribution of Private Images, 16 Nashville Bar Journal 2 (Apr./May 2016)
  • Tennessee’s Waltz With Charter Schools: When Will The Music Stop, 16 Nashville Bar Journal 2 (2016)
  • John A. Day & Kelly J. Smits, Litigating Tort Cases, 31 Summary Judgment (Materially assisted with reviewing and updating Chapter 31, Summary Judgment) (2015)
  • Rehabilitate or Incarcerate? A Comparative Analysis of the United States’ Sentencing Laws on Low-Level Drug Offenders and Portugal’s Decriminalization of Low-Level Drug Offenses, 23 Cardozo Journal of International & Comparative Law 1 (2014)
  • Protecting the Victims of Cyberbullying: An IDEA, 23 Mental Health Law & Policy Journal 1 (2013)
  • When in Rome, Homespun (2012)
  • Risky Writing, CompTime Annual (2011)


  • UCYLA’s Suffrage Project, 2020
  • Careers for English Majors, Panelist, Tennessee Technological University, 2019
  • Dog Parent Duties, Tennessee Paralegal Association, Presenter, 2018
  • Dogs Days of Summer: CLE and Yappy Hour, NBA, Panelist, 2018
  • Bones, Bumpers, and Bottom Lines, Sparta Rotary Club, Presenter, 2017
  • Jobs for English Majors, Panelist, Tennessee Technological University, 2017
These recoveries and testimonials are not an indication of future results. Every case is different, and regardless of what friends, family, or other individuals may say about what a case is worth, each case must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances as they apply to the law. The valuation of a case depends on the facts, the injuries, the jurisdiction, the venue, the witnesses, the parties, and the testimony, among other factors. Furthermore, no representation is made that the quality of the legal services to be performed is greater than the quality of legal services performed by other lawyers.