Deborah Barnes is a judge at the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals, the intermediate appellate court in the state of Oklahoma. She was appointed by Governor Brad Henry and her retention date is July 9, 2008.
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.
She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma and her law degree in 1983, from Oklahoma City University School of Law where she graduated first in her class. 
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.