|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best of the Bar in Criminal Law and Family Law||Orlando Business Journal||2007|
|Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Service Award, Ninth Circuit||Florida Bar||1983|
|Pro Bono Award||Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Florida||1983|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Central Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||President||1984 - 1985|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||1981 - 1991|
|Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Chairman||1977 - 1977|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Executive Committee||1977 - 1981|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Committee||Member||1974 - 1975|
|National Business Institute||Child Custody and Visitation in Florida||1995|
|The Florida Bar Journal||DWI and Other Traffic Offenses Manual||1986|
|The Florida Bar Journal, Volume 52, Number 8||Pro Bail Reform: A Case for Article I, Â§24||1978|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1966|
|University of Florida||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1964|
|Orlando Chapter of The Federal Bar Association||Representing The Corporate President Before A Federal Grand Jury||1982|
|Orange County Bar Association||Representing The Father in Child Custody Cases||1981|
|Orange County Bar Association||Seminar for the Criminal Law Specialist||1979|
|Continuing Legal Education Committee||Defense of Driving While Intoxicated and Certain Traffic Related Cases||1977|
Posted by Barbara
I happened to see the other poor review for Mr. Barnett and I just shook my head. It all sounded so familiar.
He clearly was a big time burned out attorney only interested in the money. I put up well over $13K retainer with him and all my trust during a very devastasting, crucial turning point in my life. He could not have cared less. It was all about the money.
As the other poster commented, he also talked on the phone with others while I sat at his desk in need of a focused conversation and real help.
Even his young adult family came by to "see Daddy" to get money, all during my appointment time.
He was a lot of talk but the case was going nowhere. Nothing was proceeding. Thousands of dollars I had paid him and he never even got a deposition accomplished on my ex-husband! $13,000 and no deposition, no court, no mediation, nothing tangible.
That was over 20 years ago and I will never forgive or forget. He was neither assertive, aggressive, defensive, or proactive in my case. Professionally and personally, he was not sincere, caring or respectful of the emotions or cost to me as a client. I was scared and feeling shocked when I hired him. BUT he was charmingly dismissive, patting me on the back and sending me on my way. Truly, he could not have cared less.
Of course I never got any of the retainer back either when I literally had to hire another lawyer due to his non-performance.. He was sure to account for time to justify keeping the money I gave him.
I have seen him in town a few times. He does not even acknowlege me.
All in all, my trusted attorney, Mr. Barnett, did me a terrible injustice.
Posted by anonymous
My opinion/impression was that all he cared about was the money and that I was just a number because he had been doing this for so long. This attny apparently talked to clients in jail with me sitting right there in front of him, using up the hours his fee covered on other matters. Blamed me, his client, for my ex's bad behavior. I was horrified and so discouraged; the whole thing was depressing. The only reason I did not get another attorney is because I was so stuck. It was right in the middle of my case and I had already given him thousands of dollars to cover the entire case and I would not be able to get it back and had no more money for a different attny. I had to get a backbone and decided I would just have to look out for myself. This man did not listen to me or respect anything I had to say.
I felt he was not prepared for mediation, I had to have the presence of mind in that difficult situation to basically advocate for myself and the only thing I felt I got for the money was the paperwork being filed. Everything I got out of mediation were things I brought up and there were holes left in that agreement that I am now having to deal with because it was such a pressure situation and he was supposed to be the professional to notice them but didn't. I
I don't feel that he took the custodial agreement I was in mediation for as seriously as he should. In fact, I believe I recollect he said something to the effect that what was on paper did not really matter that much because he and his ex never bothered to look at it after they signed it- they just worked things out as needed -implying that is what I should do too. Unfortunately, unlike him, I am not an attny who has the upper hand in legal matters with my ex; I needed a well written airtight agreement that I could live with for a long time. Just awful!
This experience left me with a sick feeling for a long time. Thankfully, after my case was over, I subsequently met another attny for advice who was respectful, actually listened, was the utmost professional and took every detail seriously -and that subsequent experience sort of repaired that poor image of attny's for me that Bill Barnett created.
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