Background and education
Judge Barnes was a staff attorney for former state Supreme Court Justice Ralph Hodges from 1985 to 1989 and has since worked in 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. Since 2002, she has 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.