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R. William Barner III

also known as Bill Barner

About me

Barner has successfully represented individuals in Federal Criminal, State Criminal, and Immigration courtrooms throughout Florida and the U.S. Barner has also counseled foreign nationals from over 30 different countries on both criminal and immigration issues. Moreover, he has advised State congressmen and countless criminal defense attorneys on immigration legal issues, and has been published in his field.

A recipient of two “Client’s Choice Awards,” Barner handles every case with individual care and treats every client with dignity. He has appeared in Sun-Sentinel, American Immigration Lawyers Association’sVOICE Magazine, The Ring Magazine, 1320AM’s The Law you Need to Know, and 1580 AM’s Ambiance Radio. Barner has also lectured at numerous local high schools universities, and traffic / DUI schools including NOVA Southeastern, Florida International University’s Forensic Science Panel, Keiser University, Everest, Broward’s Police Athletic League, Comedy Fix Traffic School, and Boca Bay DUI School.

Always in the know as to breaking changes in immigration law, Barner was a party to a White House briefing with senior officials from the Obama Administration in advance of the President’s 2014 announcement regarding immigration executive actions.

Before going into private practice, Mr. Barner was appointed by Mike Satz as Assistant State Attorney. He was both a trial attorney and a case filer [the attorney filing official charges in a criminal case], working in both the Misdemeanor Trial Unit (handling criminal and traffic offenses) and the Felony Trial Unit. Attorney Barner has tried cases before Broward jurors ranging from traffic offenses to such felonies as kidnapping, drug dealing, and attempted murder. Additionally, Attorney Barner was recognized as a Convictor of Habitual Offenders by the Broward State Attorney’s Office.

Prior to working as a Prosecutor in Broward County, Mr. Barner went to law school at the University of Akron [Ranked Top 10 by U.S. News and World Report for Trial Advocacy] where he received top marks in Trial Advocacy, a Board of Trustees Scholarship, acted as a Student Mentor, and was voted President of Phi Delta Phi, an International Legal Fraternity with a focus on charitable work. Further, Attorney Barner became certified in legal research by both Lexis Nexis and Westlaw.

"I work every case tirelessly and treat every client with dignity." - R. William Barner III


Languages spoken: English, Creole, French

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 50%
    8 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 50%
    8 years, 500 cases



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

20 total 

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  • Lawrence Michael Meltzer

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Barner is an excellent legal tactician and trial lawyer. He has tremendous experience and legal knowledge in the areas of criminal and immigration law. When my clients have immigration issues in criminal cases I always call "Bill". He is always at the ready and gives a clear picture as to my clients situation. He is always honest and forthright and treats all of his clients with respect and with the care that they deserve. "Bill" is an outstanding lawyer and person. I trust him implicitly.


    Lawrence Meltzer DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Aaron Matthew Cohen

    My firm Cohen & Kuvin, LLC is very proud to endorse Mr. Barner. For over 5 years now we have been referring him clients and not one complaint. If your looking for the right Immigration attorney don't even bother looking any further. Mr. Barner communicates with his clients as well his associate attorneys to keep them informed; a great receipt for success.


    Aaron Cohen Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


FLMember in Good Standing200606/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Top Attorneys of North AmericaWho's Who Directory2016
Top 40 Under 40The National Trial Lawyers2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2016
Clients Choice AwardAVVO2016
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Ten Best Attorneys for FloridaAmerican Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys2015
Clients Choice AwardAVVO2015
Top Rated LawyersLegal Leaders2015
Top Attorneys of North AmericaWho's Who2015
Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Clients Choice AwardAVVO2012
Habitual Felony Offender ConvictorOffice of the State Attorney2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner / AttorneyBarner Legal P.A.2015 - Present
Partner, AttorneyBarnerRossen PA2008 - 2015
Assistant State AttorneyBroward State Attorneys Office2006 - 2008
Legal InternCanton Municipal Prosecutor2004 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Broward Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/A2015 - Present
National Association of Distinguished CounselMember2015 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2015 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/A2008 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern Florida chapter)N/A2008 - Present
Florida BarN/A2006 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
US v. SantosMotion Granted Sentence Reduced
State v. AstudilloCase dismissed
Meljarejo v. US Dept. of Justice, et alGovernment complied with our demands
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Publication nameTitleDate
AILA VOICEFlorida Court Circumvents Padilla2011
Homeless VoiceFlorida Trespass Statute and the Poor2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Akron, C. Blake McDowell Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
Youngstown State UniversityReligious Studies, CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
DUI SchoolDUI2015
Continuing Legal EducationCLE: Immigration Consequences of Florida Convictions2015
Legal Studies ClassCriminal Procedure2011
The Law You Need to KnowHaitian Temporary Protected Status2010
Legal Studies ClassCriminal Procedure2010
Forensic PanelForensic Science2010
Ambiance RadioCriminal and Immigration Law Issues2010