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Richard W. Barnes, Jr.

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After growing up in Charlotte, I attended Michigan State University where I received my bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Foreign Policy. I then completed the Master of International Business Studies program at the University of South Carolina where I earned a master’s degree in International Business Administration. During my career in business, I had the opportunity to live and work across the United States and Germany. I returned to Charlotte where I attended law school and was a member of the Moot Court team. I was also involved with the Safe Alliance, earning recognition for the work I did representing victims of domestic violence.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, going to live music events, traveling, meeting new people and cultures, sailing, skiing, and food of all kinds!

Practice Philosophy

I practice family law because it allows me to develop a direct relationship with a real person who needs real help. For the last several years, I have taken a particular interest in cases that involve personality disorders. Litigation that includes a party with a narcissistic, histrionic, antisocial, or borderline personality disorder creates special legal challenges – but also opportunities. Understanding the difficulties these disorders present is often the critical first step towards resolution. Family law matters are deeply personal, and the outcome of the client’s case is likely one of the most important events in their life. It is a privilege to help them navigate the often frustrating and confusing legal process.

I enjoy helping clients make the best decisions for themselves by explaining not only what the law is, but also how the law works and why. Educating and advising clients is one of best parts of my profession. When clients understand the how and why, they can begin to make sound decisions about their future, and confidently embrace the new life that is waiting for them.


  • Juris Doctor, Charlotte School of Law, Charlotte, NC
  • Master International Business Administration, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
  • Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina

Professional Associational & Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • York County Bar Association, Family Law Section

Professional Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2021

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