Background and education
Judge Barnes was a staff attorney for Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Ralph Hodges from 1985 to 1989 and subsequently practiced in areas involving civil litigation, administrative law, and commercial and business law.
Judge Barnes was a vice president, corporate secretary and associate general counsel at ONEOK Inc. in Tulsa from 1997 until 2001. From 2002 until her appointment to the Court of Civil Appeals in 2008, she worked in private practice at Crutchmer, Browers & Barnes.
Judge Barnes is a breast cancer survivor. She was sworn into the court by her father-in-law, former state Supreme Court Justice Don Barnes.