Brenda Barnes

Compensation & Equity Planning Advisor

Brenda A. Barnes is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin in Accounting and has her MBA from Texas State University.  She is a legal and accounting professional with over 35 years of experience working with solo to mid-sized law firms across the United States. Brenda has an innate understanding of best practices in law firm accounting and financial management.

She is the founder of B2 Management & Consulting and continues to service clients as needed in a senior consulting role. Currently she serves as Compensation & Equity Planning Advisor for The Law Practice Exchange and is the co-author of a book titled, RESPECT-An Insight to Attorney Compensation Plans.

Prior to launching B2, Brenda served in the capacity of Firm Administrator in the Austin, Texas area. During this time, she was active in the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) and served in many leadership roles.  She is Past President of the Austin Chapter.

As a guest speaker and panelist, Brenda has frequently spoken on the following significant topics relevant to the effectiveness and efficiency of law firm practices:

  • Budgeting and Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Law Firm Compensation
  • Legal Pricing for Profitability
  • The Business of Law
  • Financial Internal Controls
  • Succession Planning

Recognized by her peers and law firm managing partners, as well as the business community, Brenda was nominated by the Austin Business Journal for the “Profiles in Power” series in 2013,2014, and 2017; and by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year in 2018.  During her time as the Managing Principal of B2, the company was awarded the following:

  • 2016 “Best Places to Work” by the Austin Business Journal
  • 2020, 2019, 2018 “Best Outsourced Support Company” by Texas Lawyer
  • 2020 “Best of Hall of Fame” by Texas Lawyer
Brenda Barnes