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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.



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
    22 years, 100 cases
  2. Personal Injury: 25%
    22 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Slip and Fall: 15%
    22 years, 300 cases
  4. Medical Malpractice: 15%
    22 years, 150 cases
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Tatiana Boohoff

    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.


    Tatiana Boohoff Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Christian A. Myer

    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.


    Christian Myer Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Barnes Trial Group

505 S. Magnolia Ave
Tampa, FL, 33606


FLMember in Good Standing199406/17/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public Reprimand
    issued in FL, 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.

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Top 100 Attorneys in FloridaSuperLawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
The State's Legal LeadersFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Top LawyerTampa Bay Magazine2011
Florida Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Top Lawyers ListTampa Bay Magazine2010
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Florida Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2010
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2009
Shoe Leather Award for Outstanding Legislative EffortsFlorida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)2009
Florida Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Florida Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Board Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy (recertified)National Board of Trial Advocacy2007
Board Certified, Civil Trial Law (recertified)Florida Bar2007
Vangaurd Award for Outstanding political fundraisingFlorida Lawyers Action Group2006
Outstanding Fundraising Achievement AwardFloridians for Patient Protection2005
Golden Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)2005
Bronze Eagle AwardFlorida Justice Association (Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers)2004
AssociateAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2003
Board Certified, Civil Trial LawFlorida Bar2002
Board Certified, Civil Trial AdvocacyNational Board of Trial Advocacy2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderStephen Barnes, P.A. / Barnes Trial Group2009 - Present
PartnerAbrahamson, Uiterwyk & Barnes1998 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Justice AssociationEagle member1998 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers SectionMember1994 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates (Central Florida chapter)Associate2003 - 2015
National Board of Trial AdvocacyMember2002 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of FloridaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy InstituteSun Tzu Art of Cross Examining the Expert Witness2014
Southern Trial Lawyers Association ConventionTaking out the Trash: Limiting the Junk Science Expert2012
Raising the BarChallenging Defense Radiology Causation Opinions2012
Hillsborough County Bar Association SeminarBiodynamic Research Corporation: The Truth Behind the Fraud2011
Flordida Justice Association Workhorse SeminarSuccessfully Limiting the Defense Biomechanical Expert2009
FJA Jury Selection SeminarJury Selection: Case Law Update2009
Florida House of Representatives Committee HearingsFla. House Committee Testimony: Proposals for Settlement2008