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Brian Michael Barnes

Family Attorney at Olympia, WA

4.8   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Brian

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I have been in private practice in Thurston County, Washington since 1996.  My practice is primarily focused on family law cases.  I was previously certified as a Guardian ad Litem for minor children by the Thurston County Superior Court.  I also served as an adjunct professor at South Puget Sound Community College for ten years, teaching the family law (domestic relations) course.  In addition to working as an attorney in private practice, I serve as a Pro Tem Judge/Court Commissioner for Thurston County Superior Court.

Location

Pope, Houser & Barnes PLLC
1605 Cooper Point Road NW
Olympia, WA, 98502

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Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Posted by Pat | June 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very helpful and knowledgeable
Brian was great. Really knows his stuff, knew the opposing lawyer and the challenges of working with her, kept me focused and was very communicative. He was the second lawyer I used (dismissed the first) and I only wish I started with him. He was also mindful of cost which I appreciated.
Posted by anonymous | April 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Brian helped our family through a very traumatic time. He helped us secure temporary custody of our grandchildren. He was very professional; did what was expected and helped us through a very difficult process. He is a very good attorney and we would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2008
Excellent divorce attorney
This attorney was one of the best I've dealt with. He was knowledgable and caring. He responded promptly to my needs during my divorce. After being married for 37 years, and going through this traumatic event in my life, he was extremely compassionate and helpful. I'd recommend him to anyone in the same situation and have.
Posted by anonymous | December 23, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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Brian handledmy case professionally and the outcome was better than l could have gotten with a court appointed attorney

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 350-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pope, Houser & Barnes PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Pro Tem Judge/Court Commissioner
  • Thurston County Superior Court
  • 2012 - Present
  • Title 26 Guardian ad Litem
  • Thurston County Superior Court (Family & Juvenile Court)
  • 2004 - 2012
  • Adjunct Professor
  • South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC)
  • 2002 - 2012
  • Partner
  • Valz, Houser, Kogut & Barnes, P.S.
  • 1998 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Valz, Kogut & Barnes, P.S.
  • 1996 - 1998
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Education

  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Relocation of children
  • Favorable
  • Modification of Spousal Maintenance
  • Favorable
  • Primary placement (custody) of children
  • Favorable

Associations

  • Blackhills Football Club
  • Board of Directors
  • 2013 - Present
  • Olympia High School Alumni Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2010 - Present
  • U.S. District Court of Western Washington
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Thurston County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Kokua
  • Board of Directors
  • 2008 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Appreciation for Service as Judge Pro Tem
  • Thurston County Superior Court
  • 2017
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Service as Judge Pro Tem
  • Thurston County Superior Court
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Thurston County Superior Court Lunchtime Education Series
  • Protection Orders 101
  • 2014
  • South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Domestic Relations Course
  • Domestic Relations (Family Law) Lecture Series
  • 2012
  • South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Domestic Relations Course
  • Domestic Relations (Family Law) Lecture Series
  • 2010
  • Thurston County Guardian ad Litem Training
  • Guardian ad Litem investigation techniques
  • 2008
  • South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Domestic Relations Course
  • Domestic Relations (Family Law) Lecture Series
  • 2008
  • South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Domestic Relations Course
  • Domestic Relations (Family Law) Lecture Series
  • 2006
  • South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Domestic Relations Course
  • Domestic Relations (Family Law) Lecture Series
  • 2004
  • South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Domestic Relations Course
  • Domestic Relations (Family Law) Lecture Series
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (1)
Endorse Brian
Family Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Brian often as a family law attorney. Brian is well know and respected for his civility and integrity, whether he is working as an attorney or as a pro-tem judicial officer. When I need to refer a family law case to another local attorney, Brian is invariably one of the attorneys I recommend, and I do so enthusiastically."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brian the entirety of his career and he is well respected in our legal community. He is more than just an effective litigator; he is exceptionally qualified as both a mediator and a pro tem court commissioner. It has been a pleasure to work with Brian both as co-counsel on cases as well as opposing counsel."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Friend
"Brian is who I call first when friends or family ask for a referral for family law, estate planning, criminal law, or other matters. This is because he is extremely smart, has good judgment, and works cooperatively to avoid dragging out conflicts between parties needlessly."
Family Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I practiced family law in Thurston county for over a decade and Brian is one of the two family law attorneys to whom I make referrals. He knows the law, has a wonderful demeanor, and is on top of his cases. He is also highly respected in the legal community and among judges."
Family Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is at the top of a very short list of family law attorneys that I refer clients to without hesitation. He is an effective advocate for his clients, but he is always willing to negotiate with an open mind. He's also a very nice guy."

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Olympia Family Lawyer Brian Michael Barnes
Brian Michael Barnes
Family Attorney
Olympia, WA
Licensed for 28 years