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Stephen Ashley Barnes

Personal injury Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   22 reviews

About Stephen

Learn Stephen’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    25%

    28 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Wrongful death
    25%

    28 years, 100 cases

  3. Brain injury
    15%

    28 years, 50 cases

  4. Medical malpractice
    15%

    28 years, 150 cases

  5. Slip and fall accident
    15%

    28 years, 300 cases

  6. Admiralty and maritime
    5%

    28 years, 50 cases

Stephen A. Barnes is the founding member of The Barnes Trial Group, exclusively representing victims of personal injury, brain & spinal cord injury and wrongful death resulting from automobile, motorcycle, trucking and boating accidents, negligent security of property, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse.

Over his eighteen year career, Mr. Barnes has been recognized as a preeminent and highly skilled trial lawyer by many attorney rating and certification organizations including Martindale-Hubbell, the Florida Bar, The National Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Super Lawyers, Florida Trend and Tampa Bay Magazine.   Mr. Barnes became one of the youngest board certified civil trial attorneys in Florida at age 33 and is proud to be AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.

 

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Licensed for 28 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1994
Updated 11/23/2022

Contact Stephen

Barnes Trial Group
505 S. Magnolia Ave
Tampa, FL, 33606

Reviews

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Posted by Alex | September 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Stephen Barnes is the Man!!!
What an absolute pleasure to work with such a committed individual. Punctual, on top, and professional are just some of the outer layers you get when working with Barnes. Not to exclude his tenacity, hard work ethic, and genuine concern for your well being along with the steadfast nature to see your case through. I am beyond happy with my experience as well as with the results Mr. Barnes provides. I would recommend him and the team for any future cases pertaining to his specialties. Thanks again Bud.
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Posted by Nick | July 20, 2015
Stephen Barnes from a client's perspective
I am a professional in the business world and tend to hold people to my standards as an individual. Those are strict exacting standards. My clients depend on me and my skills to keep them and their families safe. I own a marine repair service facility and work on boats from 15 to 50 feet. My work has to be completed on time and must be of the highest quality available. I know and understand quality. Quality that lives depend on. Mr. Stephen Barnes is of the type of quality that I would trust the security and the lives of my family with. This man is of a rare breed of consummate professionals that is unmatched in daily life. The professionalism he displays is something of a character not often seen. The confidence of this man is that of a world class professional athlete. I have been in business my entire life and have dealt with people whom I admired greatly and those that were average on the scope. Mr. Stephen Barnes is probably, and most likely the most admirable person I will ever have the pleasure of meeting, and certainly doing business with. His attention to detail is remarkable! His knowledge of his trade is remarkable. His ability to read the opposition and predict their future action is uncanny. Mr. Barnes is a truly amazing person, his wife and children are certainly blessed with him in their lives. On many occasions we spoke, he kept me well informed and abreast of the matters at hand in my case. At all times I was "In the Know". Not for one second were my questions or concerns not responded to. His staff, that I am sure he has spent many years selecting and grooming, are impeccable! They were at my every beck and call with any question or concern I had. The team he has taken the time to assemble are nothing less than TOP NOTCH! Mr. Barnes is also a very caring and charitable person. He has taught his children to care for the needs of the less fortunate. He has set up a 501C3 charity that his children run to make sure that the less fortunate in the community are well supplied for their educational needs. They take in donations such as backpacks and necessary school supplies and distribute them to these children. He is a man that understands and practices on a daily basis, excellent values, and instills them in his family and staff. I would recommend to anyone in need of the services he provides to not think twice if they have the opportunity to work with him. He was and is, a godsend to myself and my family. He turned a tragedy into an reward and I will always be thankful and personally indebted to him. Brian
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Posted by KL | June 1, 2015
One hundred percent satisfied!
I found Mr. Barnes to be a very knowledgeable and fast acting lawyer. I was always kept informed about all matters and so appreciate the speed at which my case was handled. I thank you Mr. Stephen Barnes for not only representing me, but resolving my case in such a timely manner! You have my vote of confidence and future referrals. Sincerely, KL
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Posted by Daniel | April 11, 2015
Job well done
I would highly recommend Mr. Barnes and his staff. Very professional. Always answered my questions. Was very honest with me about what I should expect from my case.
Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2015
Car Accident
I was very pleased with Mr. Barnes and the Barnes Trial Group. Everyone was very professional and nice. They answered all my questions and addressed any of my concerns. I felt confident with BTG representing me. The BTG was able to settle my case with the maximum limits allowed without going to trial. I would highly recommend BTG.
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Posted by Oren | March 5, 2015
VERY SATISFIED
I was a little very nervous in the beginning of the my case. I was injured severely and most of my hope was gone, but soon after Mr Barnes picked up my case i was reassured buy him personally that we had a solid case. Every time I had a concern about the case that couldn't be handled by the team Mr Barnes would call me himself to make sure I understood what was going on. I'm not good at writing down how i feel but in a nutshell, Mr Barnes is a great human being with a stellar team to help him help other people in a time of need. I know in my heart if anything happened to me again or any of my family i would call Steve in a heartbeat!
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Posted by Paul | December 4, 2014
Top Notch
I know many attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. Steve is the only Attorney I felt confident to have handle my complex claim. Professional, great staff, eminently capable and efficient. Great Lawyer
Posted by Cassandra | October 6, 2014
An amazing Lawyer with an awesome staff!
Steve and his staff were very informative, polite and professional. I have never had to hire an attorney and did not know anything about the process, him and his staff would always answer any and all questions within 24 hours. They stayed on top of my case, with me and my family at their best interest. Would definitely refer them to anyone!!
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Posted by Joe | July 20, 2014
Outstanding attorney
Mr. Barnes is one of the most professional persons that I have come to know. Mr. Barnes office staff is as professional as well. If I ever needed to talk with him he was always available. I could send an email at night or on the weekend and Mr. Barnes would answer it. Mr. Barnes always had answers to my questions and reasons why, he knows the laws very well and will give more then 100% of his effort to your case. Mr. Barnes makes you feel that your case is the only one that he is working on when in fact he is working on others besides yours.. I would highly recommend Mr. Barnes to anyone who asks.
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Posted by Terry | July 15, 2013
Excellent!!
Mr. Barnes is an excellent attorney. He is very knowledgeable and a great person to have on your side. He kept me well informed throughout my case and answered all of my questions promptly. I am truly grateful beyond words to have had Mr. Barnes represent me. I would without a doubt recommend him to anybody in need of trustworthy, hardworking attorney.
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Posted by Jose | June 5, 2013
I highly recommend Mr. Barnes' services.
Mr. Barnes represented me with regard to an auto accident and did an excellent job. I was very satisfied with the result of my case and believe that this matter resolved favorably because he was my attorney. I was impressed with Mr. Barnes’ knowledge not only as to the legal issues in my case, but also with his knowledge regarding my injuries and the medical issues as well. Mr. Barnes’ was aggressive in resolving my case, but most importantly, he maintained a level of professionalism at all times. I found Mr. Barnes to be an excellent speaker and someone who can really advocate for his clients. Mr. Barnes’ staff also worked very hard behind the scenes, and I am very grateful to them. I would without a doubt retain Mr. Barnes again in the future and would recommend his services.
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2013
Steve Barnes - Banes Trial Group Excellent Attorney and High Recommended
Steve was really great to work with, he was very trustworthy and kept me informed on what the status of my case was at all times. I would highly recommend Steve to friends and family and in fact I have recommended him to many people already.
Posted by Frederic | August 22, 2012
Outstanding Work - Great Job
My legal matter, while appearing straightforward on the surface, was problematical because of my extensive medical history from previous accidents and a service-connected disability. I needed an attorney who could work through the obvious obstacles and get results, and Steve Barnes came through. Steve and his outstanding legal staff handled my situation in a most professional manner. They successfully negotiated a fair settlement for me and reduced my outstanding medical bills resulting in a higher portion of the award coming to me. I would definitely recommend this attorney to my friends and family.
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Posted by Jim | August 6, 2012
Review by James R Dueppen
Steve Barnes continued to handle our case while leaving a previous Law Firm
Posted by Sesto | July 18, 2012
Had my best interest in mind!!
I was referred to Mr. Barnes after my initial case for my accident was one with the first insurance. Mr. Barnes was very professional in assuring that all our bases were covered when we continued forward trying to get a settlement from my insurance. His great staff was dilegent at keeping me informed as the case went along.
Posted by Denise | March 1, 2012
Knowledge equals Triumph
Attorney Stephen Barnes really came through for me at my Jury Trial. I gave him as much information I could about me personally & auto accident related. He was able to create a factual timeline, after reviewing all my personal & medical information. He really impressed me with his vast assortment of medical knowledge. He was able to discuss medical terminology with ease, when questioning the medical experts on both sides. He was quick to catch any medical misleading statements from the opposing side, and that did not relate to my specific case. There were countless legal rules to follow during trial. He was well versed in staying between the lines. This was one of the most important events in my life. It was very hard for me to put my full trust in someone. I was so relieved once I saw how he handled everyone. At one point I was speechless after a great line of questioning. The only thing I could do is look at him & say “ You ROCK!” Keep in mind I am a 44 year old woman, but he had just blown me away. Needless to say, the Jury Verdict was in our favor & we won. He was able to make the Jury see the ‘truth” & do the right thing.
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Posted by Nour amoukar | February 28, 2012
Best lawyer I've dealt with
Very trustworthy, quick respond to my questions, very knowledgeable and professional.
Posted by Joyce | June 27, 2011
Economic Expert Review
I am an expert in the field of economics. I have had a working relationship with Steve Barnes for approximatel 17 years. He is very thorough in his representation of his clients' interests and is very astute in his understanding of the economics in his cases. He listens to feedback given, regarding my area of expertise, but retains control of his client's best interest.
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Posted by Gladys | December 29, 2010
The best, passionate, experienced trial attorney!
In my years of working with attorneys, I was recommended to Mr. Barnes and I have yet to meet an attorney who has an outstanding client contact (every single time I called, he took my calls), extremely professional and his legal knowledge in his field far exceeded my expectations!! He fought for "me" and the results were far beyond of what I expected because he did not "give in or gave up"!!! His trial experience and knowledge of the law was incredible. He is one of the best or best trial attorney that I have ever met. I will always recommended him to my family or friends because I know that he will give them the 150 percent given to me!
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Posted by Melinda | December 8, 2010
A truly caring and professional person
I have had Steve for my personal attorney for over two years and I would recommend him to anyone that is looking for an attorney that truly cares about you as a person and not just a client. Steve is very thorough and never fails to stay in contact with you. The ladies on his staff are warm and friendly and do return your phone calls in a prompt and courteous manor. Any person would be in great hands with Steve as their attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2014.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2014
updated on 07/28/2014

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Shareholder
  • Stephen Barnes, P.A. / Barnes Trial Group
  • 2009 - Present
  • Partner
  • Abrahamson, Uiterwyk & Barnes
  • 1998 - 2009

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Negligent Security, Mild Brain Injury
  • $2,250,000
  • Lemonade out of Lemons
  • $350,000
  • Complete Breakdown of the Medical System
  • $3,800,000
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Associations

  • Florida Justice Association
  • Eagle member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Central Florida chapter)
  • Associate
  • 2003 - 2015
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Member
  • 2002 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Attorneys in Florida
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2014
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Top Lawyer
  • Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2011
  • The State's Legal Leaders
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Top Lawyers List
  • Tampa Bay Magazine
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2010
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • AV Preeminent Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2009
  • Shoe Leather Award for Outstanding Legislative Efforts
  • Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • 2009
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Florida Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy (recertified)
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2007
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law (recertified)
  • Florida Bar
  • 2007
  • Vangaurd Award for Outstanding political fundraising
  • Florida Lawyers Action Group
  • 2006
  • Golden Eagle Award
  • Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • 2005
  • Outstanding Fundraising Achievement Award
  • Floridians for Patient Protection
  • 2005
  • Bronze Eagle Award
  • Florida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)
  • 2004
  • Associate
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2003
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law
  • Florida Bar
  • 2002
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute
  • Sun Tzu Art of Cross Examining the Expert Witness
  • 2014
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association Convention
  • Taking out the Trash: Limiting the Junk Science Expert
  • 2012
  • Raising the Bar
  • Challenging Defense Radiology Causation Opinions
  • 2012
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association Seminar
  • Biodynamic Research Corporation: The Truth Behind the Fraud
  • 2011
  • Flordida Justice Association Workhorse Seminar
  • Successfully Limiting the Defense Biomechanical Expert
  • 2009
  • FJA Jury Selection Seminar
  • Jury Selection: Case Law Update
  • 2009
  • Florida House of Representatives Committee Hearings
  • Fla. House Committee Testimony: Proposals for Settlement
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

Received (34)
Given (17)
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Barnes on several matters. He is a wonderful person and a talented litigator. Mr. Barnes possesses a rare combination of skill and charm, which cannot go unnoticed by any jury. Mr. Barnes truly cares for his clients and their cases. I wholeheartedly recommend him as a personal injury/ medical malpractice attorney to anyone in need of legal services. I also recommend Mr. Barnes to attorneys who are looking to refer out their serious injury cases."
Brain injury Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"What else is there to say about an attorney that is recognized by all his peers as one of the best litigators and trial attorneys around? I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Barnes on several cases that needed the additional touch that he brings to the table. I am proud to have Mr. Barnes as a mentor a co counsel and can state with complete confidence that his talents are second to none. If you are seeking the highest level of representation this is the man to speak with. If you are an attorney and seeking to bring in co counsel to take your case from good to great, Mr. Barnes is it. Mr. Barnes takes an approach to damages that is only visible with attorneys that never relent in the quest for greatness."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Steve and find him engaging, superior of intellect and committed to his clients. His superior trial skills and experience serve his clients well."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen Barnes is an outstanding trial attorney. He is one of the top litigators in the state and is quite respected by other attorney's in the legal community to render great results for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Brain injury Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Steve has an expansive knowledge of both the law in the personal injury arena and of the complex medicine involved in brain injury cases. Having seen him in action at trial and in deposition, I can confidently say that he is a truly experienced and thorough practitioner in this area of the law. He is widely respected by his clients and peers alike and I would recommend him to anyone looking for counsel on a complex brain injury case."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Stephen Barnes. Stphen Ashley Barnes is well respected personal injury attorney. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would endorse Mr. Barnes to anyone looking for a top level trial attorney. His experience is obvious in the courtroom."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Excellent trial attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is incredibly dedicated to his clients and an experienced trial attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known and have worked with Steve for several years. I find him to have tremendous integrity, an outstanding work ethic and a strong desire to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients. I feel confident in endorsing him."
Medical malpractice Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Stephen is extremely respected within the legal community. He has absolutely earned his distinguished reputation. I highly endorse this lawyer."
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