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Clay M Barnes

Personal injury Attorney at Towson, MD

4.8   28 reviews

Licensed for 45 years

About Clay

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    If you or a loved one has suffered because of someone else’s negligent or reckless conduct, I will fight for fair and full compensation for your injuries. I have experience in a wide array of personal injury cases. Let me help, call today.

  2. Car accident
    Auto accidents, trucking accidents and pedestrian accidents may result in serious personal injuries for which you are entitled to compensation. Regardless of the circumstances of the injury, I will conduct a thorough investigation to fight for you.

  3. Slip and fall accident
    When a hazardous condition on property results in a slip and fall injury or other harm, the property owner may be held responsible. In any premises liability case, I review the facts and circumstances for evidence of the property owner’s negligence.

  4. Animal and dog bites
    Maryland law imposes upon businesses an obligation to protect the public from unsafe conditions on the business’s premises. If a business fails to exercise the legally required duty of care and you are injured as a result, call an Attorney.


If you or someone you love has been harmed by the wrongful act of another, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you find justice. At Law Office of Clay M. Barnes, LLC, in Towson, I have over 40 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured clients throughout Maryland. I am known as an ethical and knowledgeable practitioner who provides straightforward legal advice and zealous advocacy. Whether you have been injured by a distracted driver, a negligent property owner or a defective product, you can be confident I will fight for your full financial recovery.

Licensed for 45 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 11/19/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Clay

Law Office of Clay M. Barnes, LLC
405 W Pennsylvania Ave
Towson, MD, 21204-4265


4.8 / 5.0
  28 customer reviews
Posted by Rob & Ellen C. | May 12, 2021
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Rob & Ellen C.
We had a great experience with Clay as our lawyer. After experiencing a terrible car crash, Clay helped us through a very difficult time figuring out the ins and outs of what we needed to do legally and to make sure everything was taken care of. He explained everything in simple terms from medical complications to the legal aspect and what to expect from each issue as it unfolded. Clay is very professional and caring and answered every question that we presented to him. He leaves no stones unturned. We regard him as our lawyer of choice and have from the start. He was recommended from a very good friend in the legal field and we recommend him for your legal concerns.
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Posted by Albert | March 30, 2021
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A Powerhouse
40 yes ago I was referred to Clay Barns by my brother. Clay represented him in his divorce, and over the years, in several law suits. Clay represented me in several personal injury lawsuits and in each case I was awarded more compensation than I expected. Clay is impressive in and out of the courtroom. His focus on detail, and knowledge of law makes him my go to council in all legal matters. Clay sometimes refers to himself as "just an old fashion country lawyer". I say "He's an old fashioned country lawyer who WINS.
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Posted by Jay & Jennifer S. | March 10, 2021
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First and foremost, my wife and I owe Mr. Barnes our deepest sincere appreciation for the OUTSTANDING manner in which he handled our case!!! He is an attorney with the utmost integrity to which we are both eternally grateful to have had represent us through a horrific dog attack over five years ago. The injuries that I had sustained were truly life altering and Mr. Barnes is truly an attorney that stands behind his clients and ALWAYS works on behalf of your best interests no matter what! Words cannot effectively describe the genuine character of this man and the efforts put forth to honorably represent his clients. Our case encountered numerous obstacles over the five year period such as the closing of the courts due to the pandemic. The sincere fortitude that Mr. Barnes displayed throughout never waivered to ensure that a fair and reasonable settlement was achieved. His knowledge and expertise are to be highly commended to say the least. My wife and I greatly value the manner in which Mr. Barnes represented our case and most certainly is also considered a dear friend with whom we owe our deepest thanks to. If anyone reading this finds themselves in need of an attorney, please look no further than Mr. Barnes and his team of dedicated professionals!!!!
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Posted by Lisa R. | February 14, 2020
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Happy Client!!
The Law Office of Clay M Barnes was available to represent me in a fall case. I was represented better than I could have imagined during this trying time. He has a very personal approach and makes it easy to trust him. Mr. Barnes expertise, diligent work ethic and patience were instrumental in my victorious outcome. He accepted my case when multiple attorneys turned me down, he pushed for medical care and he fought for me when corporate America minimized my injury. I never thought I would need legal representation and if you find yourself injured lost and Mr. Clay M Barnes...The Irish Bulldog!!
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Posted by Camille | January 1, 2019
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Hes amazing
I found Mr. Barnes by doing a simple google search. I wasn’t sure I would find a lawyer that could take the case but he did. Him and his team were very professional and knowledgeable. He is very educated and informed about my road rage case and was able to win the case even though the insurance denied the case initially. I would definitely recommend him to any and everyone especially if you want results.
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Posted by Diane Ewell | April 27, 2018
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My go to lawyer from now on
Mr. Barnes is an amazing attorney he's professional, attentive, enthusiastic and always available to communicate. This has been the best experience I've had with an attorney. I would definitely recommend him for representation.
Posted by Michael Bongiovano | September 28, 2017
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Automobile Injury
Clay did a great job for my wife's auto injury claim. Very professional, sticks to his guns, very nice attitude and very thorough. Will be my goto lawyer from now on. Great guy.
Posted by Brian | September 11, 2017
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Car Crash
I was in a low impact rear collision (30mph) in the Fort McHenry tunnel 3 yrs ago. I consulted A lawyer in Belair Md 1st but they rejected my case. I then contacted Clay Barnes which was recommended to me through my wife's nursing co-worker. I had pain in my neck shooting down the left side of my body. I spent almost 2 years seeing various doctors to figure out my injuries. Meanwhile the insurance company was giving us lowball settlement amounts. Clay was caring, patient and advised me through out the entire process. Clay is truly looked out for my best interest and I'm so blessed to have had him. In the end I was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome (rib pinching nervous and blood vessels). I had a rib removed and my pain was gone instantly. The insurance company we were suing continued to make offers that didn't even touch my medical bills. Through time I was amazed to see how Clay used the evidence from the accident and my medical treatment to help me get a fantastic settlement! Clay is for the people, not just his wallet!
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Posted by Nicholas | October 13, 2016
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Beat at his job i have ever seen a true professional and a life saver HE MAKES IT HAPPEN!!!!!!thank you so much sir
I was involved in a car accident where i was hurt and being screwed over by a certain insurance company one of the big boys in the insurance game and Mr. barnes took them on head on and and fiercely took them down he is truly a professional and a hard fighter to put it bluntly the insurance company offered me 1,800 $ after the accident far below the cost to cover everything and when all was said and done a year later we had won the case 100,000$ !!! This man helped me and my family beyond the expectations and really did get true justice from me and my family thank you Mr. barnes.
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Posted by Jerry | June 23, 2016
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Kudos to Clay Barnes …… from Chestertown.
Mr. Barnes was a caring and conscientious lawyer who helped us through trying times. Even though he is two hours away from us, we felt he was well worth the travel. After dealing with other attorneys, working with Mr. Barnes was a real pleasure. His caring attitude and attention to our case meant a great deal to us. And he was very successful in getting us many times more than we expected. Thank you very much, Mr. Barnes.
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Posted by Matthew | April 29, 2016
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One hell of a guy - strongly recommend
Clay Barnes helped me decipher an EXTREMELY complicated situation. His advice and knowledge are heads and shoulders above any previous lawyers I have ever dealt with. I strongly recommend Clay for any personal injury related case.
Posted by Gina E. | January 6, 2016
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Went Above and Beyond
Mr. Barnes really went above and beyond to help me feel comfortable and confident about my case. He kept me updated at all times and is very easy to work with. -All around an amazing job!
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2015
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Most needed representation at the perfect time
Mr. Barnes represented me with professionalism as well as courtesy. He asked the proper questions at the appropriate times. In my opinion, he was the best representation that I could afford. He really knows the law. Thank you for your most needed services!
Posted by James Trujillo | September 5, 2015
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Knight in shinning armor
Mr. Barnes is awesome! What a guy, and talk about follow up. I can never get an attorney to return calls, not with Clay, he is the one following up. Clay stepped it up on my case and I cant thank him enough. All I know is, I sure am glad he is on my side. Would not like to be against him...Thanks again Clay and anyone reading no more..hire this man for your case.
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Posted by Peter | August 5, 2015
Tenacious - sums it up
Mr. Barnes is tenacious, resolute, formidable, very knowledgeable and well versed. Extremely glad he was on my side of the table. Was extremely confident through the whole process start to finish
Posted by Tricia Murray | August 4, 2015
A Good Man to Have on Your Side
Clay Barnes- “Experienced, Wise, Determined” - That would be my description of Clay. He has represented me in two different matters that put my property, livelihood and reputation at risk. One case was drug out for 8 years by a stubborn opponent, he stuck with me and we won. Clay was able to negotiate and then collect a large settlement. I highly recommend Clay M. Barnes.
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Posted by joAnne | July 10, 2015
AMAZING! attorney to have on your side
I highly recommend clay he's one of the best attorney to have supporting you case.Clay has been dedicated , very outstanding powerful in the court room .Always there for your worries or concerns very approachable.friendly paralegal team.I'm completely satisfied with the way clay professional and,properly handled me and, my daughters case.very knowledgeable keep me informed at all times he's someone who will fight for you stand by your side it was a pleasure to have reached out to such a great understanding trustworthy advocate
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Posted by Roger | June 10, 2015
I feel my rights were well protected by Clay Barnes in dealing with corporate america
Clay Barnes represented me, and I'm glad he did. All State, the insurance company who represented the man who hit me, wanted to give me basically nothing for pain and suffering and future medical bills. Through Clay's diligence and hard work we recovered over 6 times their offer. He logged a lot of hours on my case keeping me updated on every aspect. His flexibility in meeting was greatly appreciated in that he would offer to meet in the evenings, weekends, or holidays to accommodate my work and family schedule. I would recommend him to a friend and feel their rights were well protected.
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Posted by Emily | June 9, 2015
Clay--Best Possible Advocate
Imagine meeting your spouse, five-year-old, and two-year-old at the hospital after receiving a call that they have been involved in a motor vehicle collision. Then imagine your five-year-old telling you that the minivan she was in rolled over-and-over again. Imagine your husband confirming her story with tears in his eyes as he repeats, "I thought they were dead. I thought they were dead." That's the terrifying scene I walked into several years ago after the minivan my husband was driving was blindsided and T-boned by another driver. After leaving the hospital with a concussion and back pain, my husband was left to deal with the insurance company. Having never been in a serious car accident before and suffering the effects of a brain injury--fatigue, dizziness, brain fog--he was at the mercy of the insurance company whose main objective is to look out for their own interests. For two weeks we endured nothing but subterfuge and double-talk; we could never get a straight answer. Finally, a friend of ours, a lawyer himself, recommended Clay Barnes. Within twenty-four hours, Clay was sitting in our kitchen, listening to our predicament. From that moment on, Clay fielded all calls and correspondence; what a relief not to have to deal with the insurance company! Clay was knowledgable, experienced, and trustworthy. He walked us through the process of "making things right" for four-and-a-half years! While other lawyers may have settled for the paltry sum that the insurance company offered, Clay was willing to go the distance, even to a civil trial with a judge and jury. And he thoroughly prepared us for the courtroom which can be an intimidating and scary prospect. After the trial--where Clay fought for and won a substantial sum for us--we finally experienced vindication and closure. To our family, Clay has become a trusted adviser and friend; we met him during one of the most traumatic times of our lives, and he was able to bring comfort and clarity to a chaotic situation. We whole-heartedly recommend Clay--and we have--to anyone who finds themselves in circumstances similar to ours and needs a tough, fair, and determined advocate with years of legal experience.
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Posted by Justin | May 29, 2015
Clay Barnes is the Best There is!
Last month, Clay won my case, which was a huge success! Throughout the entire process Clay was my advocate, providing expert counsel and guidance—It’s clear that his decades of experience gives him a great advantage in the court room! From the beginning, Clay was completely engaged and I never felt like other cases were more important. I always received his undivided attention and I never doubted that my best interests weren’t his top priority. If you are looking for a lawyer who has the institutional expertise, is personable with his clients, and won’t stop until you get justice, then Clay is your guy! I would give him six stars because he goes above and beyond anyone else. I will miss working with him as he’s become a good friend through this process.
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Towson University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1973


  • Baltimore County Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 1977 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • N/A

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • Presentation Regarding Non-Economic Damages
  • 2018

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Towson Personal injury Lawyer Clay M Barnes
Clay M Barnes
Personal injury Attorney
Towson, MD
Licensed for 45 years