Mr. Barnes received his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 2006 and his Master of Arts in Anthropology specializing in Mesoamerican Archaeology in 2009 from the University of California San Diego in La Jolla, California. Mr. Barnes received his Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco. In law school, he participated in the John Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, served as an Index/Survey Editor and the Senior Business Editor of the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, and co-authored the Compendium of Recent Cases for the 2012 Pacific Admiralty Seminar. While in law school, Mr. Barnes also spent a summer with the Grupo Corporativo at Estudio Beccar Varela in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he worked on international commercial disputes involving Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), the International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal (The Basel Convention).
Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Barnes lived and worked in El Paraiso, Honduras, Punta Gorda Town, Belize, and in the Reserva de la Biósfera Calakmul in Campeche, Mexico.
Mr. Barnes defends insurance carriers, employers and owners under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Jones Act and other maritime settings.
Mr. Barnes is the author of “Disputes with Last Responsible employer and Last Responsible Carrier: Standards Applied Across the Circuits Traumatic Injuries Versus Occupational Illnesses,” Loyola University New Orleans Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 14 N.1. (Fall).
Mr. Barnes is fluent in Spanish and is admitted to practice in California.