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R. William Barner III

Criminal defense Attorney at Sunrise, FL

4.6   34 reviews

also known as Bill Barner


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About R. William

Learn R. William’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    Criminal Defense of both felonies and misdemeanors throughout South Florida including state, federal, and municipal courts. Co-Counseling criminal cases and advising other defense attorneys of the immigration consequences of a criminal plea.

    15 years, 500 cases

  2. Immigration
    50%
    Deportation Defense, Naturalization (Citizenship), Legal Permanent Residence (Green Cards), Fiance Visas, Replacement Resident Cards, Asylum, Work Authorization, TPS, U Visas, S Visas

    15 years, 500 cases

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

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Licensed for 16 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Barner Legal P.A.
6190 NW 11th St
Sunrise, FL, 33313
Barner Legal P.A.
16210 NE 11th Ct
North Miami Beach, FL, 33162
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4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Natalie | July 7, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I'm a citizen!
My journey down this hard and difficult path to get myself back on point from the beginning has been rough. I ended up getting A charge on a green card and was referred to a lawyer who took quite a nice chunk and advised me to do things that ended up being a big hindrance in the future to come. I then was referred to Bill and at 1st I had my hesitations and worries about if I had just placed my case into another lawyer's hands that wasn't going to do right by me. I've been with bill for about 7 years now and I'm very pleased with how I was treated and how my case has been worked on with great professionalism. When I got off probation I decided to fly back home to where I'm from and when I returned to the USA I had a big issue with immigration and Bill was there immediately for when I had contacted him and explained what had happened and since then has done his due diligence across-the-board for me even down to finding a method of trying to obtain my citizenship and which today I have received notice of my citizenship. It's taken years to get to this point but we finally made it and I'm thankful I had Bill and his team right by my side. I have referred Bill to a friend and was very successful on her case also.
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Posted by Brent | December 19, 2017
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Professional Service from the beginning
Attorney Barner is prompt, responsive and knowledgeable in many areas of Law. The assistance he has provided has been very helpful in our time of need. He was able to follow up on a potential warrant we had no knowledge and act upon it swiftly. So happy to have been referred to him as in I'd be happy to return the favor and refer him to anyone in need of a great attorney!!!
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Posted by Macsone | December 15, 2017
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Case Dismissed
Mr. Barner has helped me tremendously. He reopened an old case I had and got it dismissed. It took a while but he never gave up. He has an exceptional knowledge of the law. He is very creative and finds different ways to get the job done. Thanks!
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
Mr Bill Barner is an exceptional Attorney who i contacted and hired to represent me in a Traffic Offense . As i am not an American Citizen he understand the position i was in and is doing a great Job highlighting the sections of law which apply to my case. I have no doubt in his ability and trustworthiness.
Posted by anonymous | December 15, 2017
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Charismatic and Frank.
I am very pleased to state that the level of professionalism displayed by Mr. Bill Barner has exceeded my expectations; having to deal with a lawyer that you knew nothing about can sometimes make you feel doubtful of the lawyer's competencies but that mind set was erased on my first free consultation visit ( infact, he doesn't charge to speak with you). It is without reservation, that I would recommend this lawyer to any prospective client.
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Posted by Christine | December 15, 2017
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Patient and Kind - a five star review
This was my my first time utilizing an immigration lawyer. Mr. Barner was very patient, kind and professional to both me and my family specifically my sister. He was excellent with responding to my questions and emails in a timely manner. He attended with me all my hearings and explained everything along the way as the case proceed. He is very knowledgeable and I felt he had my best interest at hand. If I had to do it all over again, I would utilize his services again and would definitely recommend him to a friend.
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Posted by anonymous | October 3, 2016
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A+ 10/10 Great lawyer!!!
Mr. Barner helped my mother when she was first coming to this country. We've kept in communication over the years and he's always looked out for my well being. I've sent countless friends his way because he really gives each case his all. I would never let a loved one use anyone else. Bill is the best immigration lawyer in Florida!
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Posted by Chantau | June 28, 2016
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Very professional and passionate !
I was referred by his wife, this was an really emotional, tricky , and overwhelming case that could have gone any way. Mr. Barner assured me of a smooth quick trial and that's exactly how it went. He also made it that I had no points or tickets or anything of that order on my case. He worked with me on pricing and made me feel very comfortable able my case. Throuhout the case he kept me inform about every detail ! I loved that ! Oh ! Also has a great sense of humor. ! I'm telling you if you hire this guy you won't regret it.
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Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
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the most competent lawyer in sfl
Mr. Barner is the most competent immigration lawyer in sfl, and let me just say met a lot of them. When I was applying for my first green card, I had a lawyer who was completely unavailable, I could never get in touch with him , and my whole application was hendeled by a paralegal that worked in his office. Needless to say when it was time for me to apply for my permanent green card I went shopping around, and after countless disappointing meetings, my friend suggested mr. Barner. He handled my case in the most professional manner and not long after my situation was resolved. He defenetly knows what he is doing, and is very knowledgeable. The thing I appreciate the most is that I always got to meet with him, and not some intern or office worker, like in the many lawyer offices that I had visited prior. He was always available at any time, and would address any questions or concerns I had in a timely manner.
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Posted by Electra | March 17, 2016
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Immigration Services
It is with great pleasure......I would recommend the attorney services of Mr William Barner III......His prudence and diligence in handling my case provided a great positive outcome on my behalf.
Posted by Cristiane | February 16, 2016
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I highly recommend R. William Barner III as lawyers.
I am very satisfied with William Barner's services. I wasn't sure which lawyers to hire and he was well recommended by a friend, and I am very happy with my decision. He put a lot of effort into my case, was very attentive, answered all my questions in a timely manner. His hard work got me what I needed with my process and I am very happy with the result. I truly recommend him as a lawyer.
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Posted by Frank | February 8, 2016
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Barner got my federal criminal case dismissed!
In November of 2014, my wife and I drifted aground in Florida Bay. It turned out that we were in Everglades National Park waters. I contacted the US Coast Guard via VHF radio and requested their assistance in arranging to be towed off of the sand bar. A Park Ranger arrived before the Tow Boat. I was charged with the Federal charge of Disturbing a Natural Feature. My Insurance Company retained an attorney to defend me against the Federal civil changes and I retained Mr. Barner to defend me against the Federal criminal charges. It took almost a year and several appearances in US District Court before the case was finally settled. Mr. Barner got the Assistant US Attorney to drop the criminal charges. He worked with the insurance Company attorney to minimize the civil charges. The case was finally settled with the Insurance Company paying for sea grass damages, court costs, and towing charges, and me paying nothing – no fine, no charges, no record. My thanks for Mr. Barner for a positive conclusion to a very upsetting and potentially very expensive case.
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Posted by Tammy | January 29, 2016
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Very helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive attorney!
Mr. Barner was responsive and always able to answer my questions and advised me. He was quick to respond to emails, and phone calls. It is clear that he displays a thorough knowledge of the law and produces excellent results. He has even taken time to research issues further if needed. I have be very satisfied with his services and he has always treated me with respect.
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Posted by Ana | January 28, 2016
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Excellent service!
I wanted to apply for my citizenship and needed a lawyer. My sister referred William to me and he helped me with my case. He is so efficient and trustworthy. I will definitely use him again if I need to, as well as recommend all of my friends and family to him. He has been a great lawyer and I am so thankful to him for helping me with my citizenship. Me and my husband are using him to help with my husband's as well!
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Posted by Marianela | January 28, 2016
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traffic conviction overturned, and dismissed.
Barner is an excellent Attorney. He has my fellony traffic conviction overturned, and dismissed. Now I'll be eligible for my residency. Just following all the steps ,getting on the process, he's very respectful, always answer email's, phone calls, very efficient. I'm very happy with Mr. Barner. I'm highly-rated recommend him to anybody. Don't think twice!
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Posted by Jean | September 9, 2015
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Great Lawyer
I met Mr. Barner a few years ago and he is a very professional, very intelligent and a diligent lawyer. If he wasn't available for me he always promptly returned my call. As a trial lawyer he did and amazing job proving that my accusers were full of lies and misinformation. I have recommended Mr. Barner and would do so again in a heartbeat.
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Posted by Beris | April 27, 2015
My review on Mr Barner lll
Easy to work with, ALWAYS calls back within 24hrs, Responds to emails which I think it's the quickest way to get incontact with him (incase of an emergency) Lays out all your options but also let's you know which is the best option for you, Very knowledgeable, experience and out spoken, Takes time to explain so you got a better understanding of how things work, Just a great guy to work with, keep up the good work...
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Posted by anonymous | April 7, 2015
awesome
He kept me informed about every court date, and updated me when something changed. He got the state to drop my case to just a few hundred dollars rather then doing time, being on house arrest, or have to go on probation. A friend referred him to me and I have already referred him to someone else.
Posted by Charlena | March 31, 2015
Above and beyond..
Mr. Barner came highly recommended over 5 years ago by Comedy Fix traffic school. He is my first and only attorney and I can say I truly trust him. He's always been knowledgeable and experienced in many different legal situations I've been confronted with over the years. I've never had any trouble corresponding with him via email or phone. In all fairness, I wish I could say he's fumbled the ball at some point but he's always gone above and beyond to make sure I'm well informed of everything so I can make knowledgeable decisions. I can't express my appreciation enough. Thanks Bill
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Posted by Adrian | March 12, 2015
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The overall rating speaks for itself!i would recommend Mister Barner anytime!i am very happy with him as my lawyer,and I know for sure you will be as well!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Attorney
  • Barner Legal P.A.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner, Attorney
  • BarnerRossen PA
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Broward State Attorneys Office
  • 2006 - 2008
  • Legal Intern
  • Canton Municipal Prosecutor
  • 2004 - 2006
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Education

  • University of Akron School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2006
  • Youngstown State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • State v. Astudillo
  • Case dismissed
  • US v. Santos
  • Motion Granted Sentence Reduced
  • US v. Joseph
  • Motion for Reduced Sentence Granted
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Associations

  • Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Southern Florida chapter)
  • 2008 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 2006 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Creole
  • French

Awards

  • Clients Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • Who's Who Directory
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Clients Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2015
  • Ten Best Attorneys for Florida
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyers
  • Legal Leaders
  • 2015
  • Top Attorneys of North America
  • Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Clients Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2012
  • Habitual Felony Offender Convictor
  • Office of the State Attorney
  • 2007
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • DUI School
  • DUI
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • CLE: Immigration Consequences of Florida Convictions
  • 2015
  • Legal Studies Class
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 2011
  • The Law You Need to Know
  • Haitian Temporary Protected Status
  • 2010
  • Legal Studies Class
  • Criminal Procedure
  • 2010
  • Forensic Panel
  • Forensic Science
  • 2010
  • Ambiance Radio
  • Criminal and Immigration Law Issues
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (22)
Given (27)
Endorse R. William
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Immigration Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Great legal mind and attention to detail. Highly respected in the field of Immigration."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Bill is a great lawyer and a great guy. I am proud to endorse Bill."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"When my clients have immigration issues, I do whatever I can to bring Bill Barner into the case. He's the go-to lawyer for immigration/criminal defense crossover cases."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Barner and I have worked on many cases together. Not only is he an excellent criminal-trial lawyer, but he is also the best immigration specialist in the State of Florida. In fact, whenever my client needs expert immigration advice, I refer him/her to Mr. Barner. My clients are always tremendously satisfied with Mr. Barner's advice and counsel. Truly a great legal advocate and a trusted colleague."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Barner sets the bar for legal knowledge in the areas of criminal defense and immigration law. When my clients have immigration issues in criminal cases I call "Bill" first. He's always prepared and gives a thorough analysis of my clients' situations. He is always honest and forthright and treats every individual with the respect and dignity they deserve. He is an outstanding lawyer and person. I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Family member
"Mr. Barner is an amazing litigator and trial attorney. I had the pleasure of working along side him as an Assistant State Attorney. He has extensive jury and non jury trial experience in Federal and State court. He has won appeals in Immigration court and has been able to successfully defend numerous individuals facing both criminal and immigration cases. He was recently voted in the top 1% of lawyers nationwide. I have also had the pleasure of watching him lecture at local colleges and coach a high school mock trial team. I highly endorse him and would recommend him to anyone seeking an aggressive, highly skilled and pleasant attorney who goes the extra mile for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working opposite Bill when he was a prosecutor. I have now had the pleasure of calling him a colleague on the same side of the courtroom and continue to be impressed by his legal knowledge, skill, and zealous advocacy. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bill is an excellent lawyer and person in general. His love for the law and true appreciation for his client's worries are a step above most lawyers that you'll find. I endorse Bill as a colleague and friend, and you should trust him as your counsel."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"First Person I think of when someone asks me for an Immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He handles immigration cases for my clients with immigration issues and always does a professional and effective job."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard "Bill" Barner is a first-class attorney and person. I've observed Bill in the courtroom and working in his office, he is aggressive, smart, and experienced. The care and attention he shows his clients is superb."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill has been my partner for the last 7 years. Prior to that we worked at the State Attorneys Office together. He is an excellent trial lawyer and fights extremely hard for our clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill is an excellent lawyer who is skilled, poised and liked by all in the legal community. He is an asset to the profession."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Barner for quite some time. I have had the pleasure working with him at the State Attorney's Office. We currently co-coach a high school mock trial team. Mr. Barner is not only an intelligent and skilled attorney, he strives to be the best in all areas of law that he undertakes. He works very hard for his clients and handles each case with time, energy and care."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bill gets great results for his clients in both Criminal Defense and Immigration cases."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Barner is a skilled an experienced attorney who can handle all manner of cases while specializing in criminal and immigration. I have known Mr. Barner for many years and count him as a valuable friend and member of the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Would highly recommend this attorney to anyone seeking representation on immigration issues."
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