Gail Ponder Gaines

Attorney, Member

Professional Experience

An experienced, effective, and trusted counselor and litigator, Gail Ponder Gaines joined the Barber Law Firm in 1986. Her primary practice focus is defense of asbestos and other toxic torts claims, as well as products liability, commercial litigation, and workers' compensation claims. Her clients include numerous international corporations along with local and regional companies and insurance carriers. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a legislative research analyst and staff committee advisor for the Arkansas Legislative Council and as a law clerk with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas. She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Products Liability Practice Group, and Class Action / MDL Practice Group.

Practice Areas

  • Toxic torts defense
  • Products liability defense
  • Workers’ compensation defense
  • Civil litigation defense
  • Commercial litigation

Court Admissions

  • Arkansas Supreme Court
  • U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas

Professional Associations

  • Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel member
  • Defense Research Institute member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel member
  • Harmonie Group toxic torts section member


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers list since 2009.
  • AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell


  • J.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, 1986
  • B.S. with honors in Political Science, University of Central Arkansas, 1980