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C Michael Barnette

Family Attorney at Daytona Beach, FL

5.0   19 reviews

also known as Charles Michael Barnette

Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Florida - FL 45 years
    Colorado - CO 31 years
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1978
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1992
    Withdrawn No misconduct found

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

About C

Learn C’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation

  2. Family
    I handle dissolution of marriage, paternity, custody/visitation issues (parenting plans and time-sharing schedules) and modifications of previous court orders. Injunctions and domestic violence cases are included in my family law practice.

    46 years, 500 cases

  3. Appeals
    I am a former Assistant Attorney General for State of Florida handling criminal appeals and extraordinary writs. I have handled numerous cases in the Fifth District Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Florida, including capital cases. I have continued to handle criminal as well as civil appeals since going into private practice in 1982.

    46 years, 250 cases

  4. Child custody

  5. Criminal defense
    I represent individuals charged with felonies and misdemeanors in State courts, including East Central Florida and Central Florida. Drug cases, thefts, robberies, violent crimes, domestic batteries, driving under the influence, and violations of probation are included in this practice area.

    46 years, 500 cases


I was born and raised in the State of Florida. I was a Parole and Probation Officer for the State of Florida Parole Commission before attending law school at the University of Florida. I have been practicing law in Florida since November 1978. I was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida handling criminal appeals and extraordinary writ cases in the Fifth District Court of Appeal, Supreme Court of Florida and Federal courts, including death penalty cases.


I opened my private practice in Daytona Beach, Florida in December 1982 and have handled appeals, family law, criminal defense and juvenile cases (including delinquency and dependency) since then. I am experienced (42 years in practice) and dedicated to serving your needs to achieve the best result possible in your case. Visit my website at for more information.


Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice


C. Michael Barnette
747 S. Ridgewood Avenue.
Suite. 205
Daytona Beach, FL, 32114-4430


5.0 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2014
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | August 14, 2014
I have been working with Michael to handle my divorce and child custody case. He has been phenomenal to work with. Having to deal with legal issues can take a toll on you, but knowing I have Michael Barnette backing me has helped to set my mind at ease, as best as possible. He has kept me very informed throughout the process and has guided me with his expertise. He has worked so hard to make sure I end up where I want to be and TRUELY cares about his clients. Michael Barnette is the absolute best attorney in this town, I am so happy I chose to go with him.
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Posted by Erik | August 12, 2014
Excellent Trial and Appellate Lawyer
Michael is an excellent attorney. I was falsely accused of domestic violence and child abuse when my ex-wife left the state of Florida with my children. It was thru Michael's expertise of not only trial law but appellate law as well that I was successfully able to gain custody of my children.
Posted by John | July 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wish I had him from the start.
Michael stepped in to my divorce case after my first lawyer retired on me with little notice. He handled my case expeditiously through everything and got me to the end of a long process of divorce. I highly recommend Michael to anyone going through divorce.
Posted by Michael Humphrey | June 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A solid, powerful representitive.
Originally I went in to speak with his partner but was referred to Michael due to the location of the court issues. Expensive? Yes. But what lawyer isn't? Everyone in the area as well as Orlando was around the same cost, so then it became a hunt for quality. Quality is what I freaking found! Through my divorce Michael brought reality to light. The law sucks and it's not a justice system. It's a legal game. I was fortunate enough to hire an insightful professional who did actually care. He had a very calm, very non-reactive demeanor which was perfect because it expressed patience and an unwavering disposition towards my opposing lawyer who was actively trying to completely screw me over. Michael Barnette was nothing but kind, patience, truthful (even if blunt. Which is necessary because the law doesn't care. So you're gonna hear fact and nothing else from him, especially with him being on your side) and at heart a good person. Don't forget, this IS a business but at least it's a business where good people are involved. I owe them a debt for their work and diligence that money cannot pay. And I will hold a thankfulness for what they've done for me forever. I would absolutely be happy to have them work with me in the future and vice versa, I just hope and pray I don't need to. Thank you guys, so much!
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Posted by Susan | January 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
I hired Mr. Barnette to handle a family law matter. He listened, understood the situation, and did not waste any time getting started on my case. Throughout the entire process I was kept informed of the latest developments and status of the case. Mr. Barnette handled my case in a sympathetic and caring manner. His paralegal, Annemarie, is personable, friendly, knowledgeable, and always took time to explain the latest developments in the case in a way that made it easy for me to understand. My expectations were exceeded with not only the handling of my case, but also with the swift and just resolution at the conclusion. I would recommend Mr. Barnette for anyone in need of legal representation. Attorneys like him are few and far between. I feel blessed and grateful to have had Mr. Barnette as my attorney and Annemarie as my paralegal. They are both wonderful!
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Posted by Rick | December 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A suttle fighter when I could not fight alone
9 minutes ago I had Michael as my attorney since 2014. He was there when I had a divorce and was there when my ex-wife tried to take our son to a different state. Michael is very precise in his courtroom presence, but very caring as we built the case. He always listened to what I wanted to do and recommended the best course of action. I will to continue to use Michael Barnette because of his thoroughness, attention to detail, his professionalism, and mannerisms with my elderly witnesses. He is a family man, that is who you want representing you in your time of need. Thanks for you undying attention to keep my son with the people that love him. Thanks from Nana Judy, Grandma Jimmi and Grandpa Ray. You were our fighter when we could not fight alone. Rick K.
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Posted by B | July 1, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He didn’t sugar coat anything. He did a thorough consultation with me. I feel like if the case could have been appealed, I definitely would’ve hired him. He was professional and straight to the point.
Posted by Kim | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Of the five attorneys in the court room, Michael was the best.
Of the five attorneys in the court room, Michael was by far the best. He has integrity, ethicial, sharp mind, and gives a honest opinon. Michael was a good value, reasonabily priced, and didn't "run up the hours". He worked for me! I gained a new friend.
Posted by Robert | August 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
One of the BEST around completely knowledgeable and recommended
Mr Barnette helped me with both my criminal charges and my family law cases. He is very personable, caring, and understanding. He is very knowledgeable on how the court system works and the right way to go about everything you are going through. I will be using him again soon for another motion i want to file. Mr Barnette was recommended to me by another attorney and I would recommend him to you for all your legal needs as well.
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Posted by Bethany | April 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A lawyer who cares!!
Mr. Barnette was very attentive to the details in my case. He always answered my questions and was extremely hands on. I approached him with two cases and he worked them both He had very good bedside manner in breaking down the legal verbiage so I understood what all the terms met. I called his office several times a day and was given the same calming response that he demonstrated on our very first visit. I would highly recommend Mr. Barnette for all your legal needs. He was a life saver for me and my cases and I will be forever grateful for all his long hours and tedious work he invested in making sure all our I's were dotted and T's were crossed. I felt like a part of the family and not some stranger in all our encounters. If you're looking for a great lawyer to give you great service and listen to you attentively then you don't have to look any further than Michael Barnette.
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Posted by AMT's Mom | June 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Compassionate and Knowledgeable
I have had several lawyers over the past 6 years and while each of them brought a certain skill set that was perfect for the time we needed them no one has done what Michael does. He walks you through the process and gives you multiple scenarios to consider when handling child custody cases. He is very thorough and honest. He also makes sure that we are doing what we need to do as parents to maintain our daughter's best interest regardless of our emotions. He is thoughtful and kind and though he has many clients he remembers each case, personally. We genuinely respect and admire his work and would recommend him to anyone we know based on his expertise, his compassion, and his genuine care for his clients.
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Posted by Tarsha | November 19, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Your in good hands!
During my consultation Mr. Barnette listened to my situation and concerns. He's showed compassion to me and for my child. He explained too me everything he was going to do for my case. There was no rush, I felt comfortable and I knew my case would be in excellent hands. He gave me numerous ways to contact him if I need him. I just really appreciate the time and compassion that was given and his expertise of the law. If you need a family lawyer, speak with him first!
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Posted by mk | April 9, 2015
No fluff
Hired Mr. Barnette recently. He's direct, no fluff. Very knowledgeable about the law and very experienced. He will tell you the pros and cons of your case and not blow smoke.
Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2015
Excellent family law attorney. Michael knew everything we needed to win our case regarding estate issues and he was very affordable. He is now entrusted with all of our family's legal affairs. Estates, wills, etc. He always goes above and beyond and we are very appreciative for everything.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2014
Rational, thoughtful representation
Michael was very professional and took the time to explain the necessary forms and processes as part of my case. His calm demeanor helped make the process less anxiety filled than anticipated, and he does a very good job balancing the need to represent his client fairly while not overlooking the needs and wishes of his client. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Heather | September 9, 2014
Very Professional
Michael C. Barnett was the Family Law attorney who handled my divorce and another dispute with my ex- husband. I would personally recommend my family and friends to Michael. He is very professional, extremely thorough, and sensitive to the difficult time that you are experiencing. He will do his best to make you feel comfortable in pursuing whatever needs to be done to win your case. It can be very intimidating, especially your first time, but you will feel confident in the end.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2014
We are so thankful for this wise and caring man!
Mr. Barnette helped my son with a custody case involving his little girl. My son was very unfamiliar with the law and frankly needed knowledge and protection. Mr. Barnette stepped in and provided the needed protection ( all of us as a family knew what was right for my precious granddaughter , but did not know how to handle it). He guided my son into good decisions involving his daughter and then made the decisions legal. Much later after the case was settled we sent a picture of my son and granddaughter to him , he was appreciative and responded back to us that he was glad everybody was doing well. Bottom line is, he cares!
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Posted by Megan | August 13, 2014
Honest and shares genuine concern for client
Michael is very knowledgeable on child custody laws and was paramount is securing a safe outcome for my child during our custody battle. Michael deeply cares for his clients and goes over and beyond to ensure the very best for them. I would recommend Michael to everyone in need of attorney services. I have referred Michael to my sister who then referred him to her coworker. If you want the best look no farther. I have been a client of Michaels for more than 5 years and because he's so good my ex has gone through about five attorneys.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2011
Conscientious, Concerned and Honest
When we needed an attorney for a rather sensitive situation, Michael Barnette in Daytona Beach was the one we chose. He is a genuine person that took our concerns to heart, and we never felt like he was doing or billing anything that wasn't absolutely necessary. We also WON, which I understand is usually the case with Mr. Barnette. Very warm, personable guy that the judge seemed to respect. You cannot find a better attorney for family, corporate law, juvenile defense or other sensitive cases.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant Attorney General
  • State of Florida Attorney General
  • 1980 - 1983


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • University of Florida College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dept. of Children and Families v. T.A.T.
  • State v. Dunmann
  • Garvin v. Jerome


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1982 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 1978 - Present
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1978 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committe A
  • Member/Chair
  • 2003 - 2006
  • Florida Bar, Grievance Committe A
  • Member/Chair
  • 1988 - 1991
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2023
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (7)
Endorse C
Unknown Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"When I began my legal career, Michael was not only my employer but my mentor. His vast knowledge of the law is amazing. That attribute is not something you are born with. It comes from a complete dedication to your career and a desire to always be on the cutting edge of your industry. Michael is one of the most knowledgeable and ethical attorneys I've ever had the pleasure to work with. He is an attorney that I have no hesitation turning to when I need advice on legal matters. I am proud to have worked with and for Michael and to have learned from the best. I would highly recommend him for your legal needs!"
Appeals Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. Barnette is a zealous advocate for his clients and maintains professionalism, balancing the two tasks quite well."
Child custody Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael was one of the most aggressive attorneys I have been up against, while maintaining a high standard of professionalism."

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Daytona Beach Family Lawyer C Michael Barnette
C Michael Barnette
Family Attorney
Daytona Beach, FL
Licensed for 45 years
Free Consultation
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