Barbara Meeks is a partner in Chapman's Banking and Financial Services Department and member of the Bank Corporate Group. Barbara provides practical and collaborative legal advice to a range of global, regional, and community banks, as well as fintech, treasury management, payments, insurance, wealth management, and brokerage companies. Her practice addresses complex legal challenges, including regulatory, compliance, transactional, governance, risk management, and investigative matters. She has substantial experience with commercial and government banking, commercial real estate, small business, and broker-dealer transactions.

Prior to joining Chapman, Barbara was a partner at an Am Law 200 firm in Charlotte. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in large financial institutions, providing regulatory and legal support for a broad platform of banking, insurance and brokerage activities, both domestically and internationally.

In addition to advising financial institutions on complex legal issues and crisis management, Barbara serves the community. She currently serves on the board of Common Wealth Charlotte and served previously on the Board of Trustees and as Chair of the Development Committee for the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, and as a board member for the Davidson-Cornelius Child Development Center.


American Bar Association (ABA) Business Law Section

Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS)

North Carolina Banking Institute, Board of Advisors

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

Honors & Awards

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Banking and Finance Law

Ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in Banking and Finance-Mainly Regulatory in North Carolina (Band 1)

Top 25 Women in Business Award, Charlotte Business Journal, 2015

Top 50 Most Influential Woman Award, Mecklenburg Times, 2015 and 2018

Leader in Law Award, Lawyer’s Weekly, 2015

Corporate Counsel Award, Charlotte Business Journal, 2016


North Carolina


Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., cum laude

Wake Forest University, B.A., magna cum laude



  • “Cyber Risk in the Supply Chain and Importance of a Contract," North Carolina Banking Institute, February 2023
  • "Banking in an Inflationary World," North Carolina Banking Institute, January 2023


Common Wealth Charlotte

  • Board of Directors

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (2015-2022)

  • Board of Trustees
  • Development Committee Chair

We have always been focused on finance.

  • 1913
    TS Chapman partners with Henry Cutler to form Chapman and Cutler
  • 1st
    Chapman's first client in 1913 is still a client of the firm today
  • 22
    Diverse financial practices serving regional, national, and global clients
  • 6
    Offices across the country and in key US financial centers

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