James Richard Barnes, Attorney
Jim Barnes obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Leo University and his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Team. Following law school, Mr. Barnes accepted a position with the Public Defender's Office in Pensacola for the purpose of obtaining trial experience. That choice enabled him to try 15 jury trials in his two years as an Assistant Public Defender. In 1992, Jim accepted a position as a partner in the Pensacola firm of Eddins, Allen, Ownes & Barnes. While there, Mr. Barnes handled many highly-publicized criminal cases including the defense of Michael Griffin, the first person ever charged with the murder of an abortion doctor in the United States. It was during this case that Mr. Barnes' work was seen on CNN and Court TV.
In 1995, Mr. Barnes began to specialize in personal injury law, and in his first personal injury trial obtained a jury verdict of $100,000 on a case where the defense had offered just $10,000 to settle. In an effort to better understand the insurance industry and personal injury law, Jim accepted a position with Young & Associates, an insurance defense firm in Pensacola. During his two years of defense practice, Mr. Barnes accepted the invitation to join the law firm of Michles & Booth where his extensive trial background and vast experience enables him to successfully litigate the most complex personal injury cases.
Jim lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida with his wife, Yvette, and their two children.
|Education:||St. Leo University|
U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida 1992
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