Robert E. Barnes

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Robert Edward Barnes
Education The McCallie School,
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Bachelor of Arts
University of Wisconsin Law School, Juris Doctor
Occupation Attorney
Employer Barnes Law LLP

Robert Edward Barnes (born April 11, 1974) is a criminal tax attorney and business law and civil rights law advocate. Robert Barnes is the founder of Barnes Law LLP, a Los Angeles, California based law firm specializing in IRS investigations, tax fraud, asset recovery, and private banking.[1][2][3][4]


Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States, Barnes attended and graduated from the boys college-preparatory school, The McCallie School, also located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Barnes completed his undergraduate at the University of Tennessee and attended law school at the University of Wisconsin.

Before establishing his law practice in Los Angeles, California, Barnes was a law partner at The Bernhoft Law Firm. It was at Bernhoft, that Barnes served as Wesley Snipes' tax defense lawyer alongside owner and managing partner, Robert Bernhoft.[5][6] In 2008, Robert Barnes represented Mr. Snipes for conspiracy to defraud the government and filing a false claim with the government. Mr. Snipes was acquitted of tax fraud but convicted of failure to file taxes.[7][8][9][10][11][12] After the verdict, Barnes said in reference to Mr. Snipes, "He will make full amends and pay for everything."[10]

State Bar Admissions[edit]

  • California State Bar, April 4, 2005[1]
  • Tennessee State Bar, January 25, 2002[13]
  • Wisconsin State Bar, July 26, 2001[14]


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