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Nicholas Adam Barnes

Criminal defense Attorney at Portage, IN

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2005
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Nicholas

Learn Nicholas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Aggressively defends clients with criminal matters ranging from traffic issues, operating while intoxicated - OWI, drug possessions, drug dealings, battery, and murder.

    18 years

  2. Family
    Handles matters ranging from divorce, child support, custody, visitation and adoption.

    14 years

Nick grew up in central Indiana and moved to the Region after graduating from Northwestern University.  He found his career passion of criminal law while working for five years at the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office.  After becoming knowledgeable about all areas of criminal law, Nick joined Attorney Vouga’s law practice in 2010.  Since joining the firm, Nick’s practice area focuses on aggressively representing individuals with criminal charges ranging from traffic matters up to murder.  Nick has tried and successfully obtained not guilty verdicts on numerous criminal cases throughout his career.  He is a member of the Lake County and Porter County Bar Association, the Lake County Criminal Defense Bar, as well as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  In addition to Criminal Defense, Nick also handles a variety of family law matters. 


Nick is a skilled negotiator and trial attorney.  He maintains a strong work ethic and drive to be prepared for any situation. Nick believes that by combining aggressive negotiation and skilled knowledgeable trial work, he is able to work to achieve the best possible outcome for all of his clients. 


When Nick isn’t practicing law, he enjoys coaching his kid’s sports teams, running, and spending time with his wife.


Vouga & Barnes LLC
3363 Willowcreek Rd
Portage, IN, 46368-5015
Vouga & Barnes
2252 93rd Ave.
Merrillville, IN, 46410
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Posted by Jaime | April 23, 2018
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Professional Responsibility
Attorney Barnes maintained professional responsibility throughout the entire process. He had a clear understanding of my situation for what it was and not what others said it was. He was dedicated to my case and provided me with guidance that truly had my best interest at hand. My charges were dismissed, and I was able to rebuild and he continued to be there to assist during that rebuilding process. Great attorney who truly cares about the wellbeing of his clients.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 7.5 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Vouga & Barnes
  • 2010 - Present
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Lake County Prosecutor's Office
  • 2005 - 2010


  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Northwest University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2002


  • Lake County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Porter County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Lake County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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