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I've practiced criminal law exclusively for more than a quarter century, handling thousands of cases ranging from petty theft to murder. My trial experience is extensive, including many wins in high-profile cases. I handle every case myself and never delegate clients to less-experienced associates. Visit my website at to learn more about me and how I represent my clients.


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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    35 years



Fixed (Always), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

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Barnes Law Firm

3092 North Lake Blvd, Suite 2
PO Box 5696
Tahoe City, CA, 96145-5696



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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Great Distinction in ScholarshipUniversity of California, Berkeley1976
Honors in EconomicsUniversity of California, Berkeley1976
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PrincipalBarnes Law Firm2006 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyModoc County District Attorney's Office2003 - 2006
Special Assistant United States AttorneyUnited States Dept. of Justice1987 - 1988
Special Deputy Attorney GeneralCalifornia Attorney General's Office1986 - 1987
Deputy District AttorneyContra Costa County District Attorney's Office1982 - 2001
Associate CounselBank of America, NT&SA1981 - 1982
Assistant CounselGeneral Electric Company1979 - 1981
Association NamePosition NameDuration
California Attorneys for Criminal JusticeN/A2006 - Present
California District Attorneys AssociationN/A1982 - 2006
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1979 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1979 - 1982
California Law ReviewAssociate Editor1977 - 1979
Phi Beta KappaN/A1976 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. FregiaAvoided a death penalty, got life instead
2010 Cocaine CaseCase Dismissed
2010 Marijuana Conspiracy CaseDiversion Program with Dismissal of Charges
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of California - BerkeleyEconomicsA.B.1976
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
University of California, Hastings College of the LawCapital Punishment in AmericaN/A
Los Medanos CollegeThe Law of Search and SeizureN/A