Meet Attorney John Barnes



Mr. Barnes has dedicated his career to representing individuals throughout East Tennessee in their most difficult times. Whether charged with a crime or injured by someone else, Mr. Barnes continues to serve those facing serious obstacles to their continued freedom and livelihood.

John Barnes approaches every case that he takes on as if it is the most important of his career. That is because he knows that to the client who has entrusted their matter to him, it is the most important. For that reason, Mr. Barnes makes every effort to make sure that each client gets personalized attention that goes above and beyond what clients expect.

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Court Admissions

  • Tennessee Supreme Court – 2009
  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Tennessee – 2010
  • United States Court of Appeals – Sixth Circuit – 2011

Professional Associations

  • National College for DUI Defense
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • American Inns of Court

Membership & Honors

  • Top 40 Under 40 – National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers – National Trial Lawyers
  • Avvo – 10.0


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Mr. Barnes is a two time graduate of the University of Tennessee, in 2006 and 2009.

He graduated UT Law with honors and has been practicing in Knoxville and the surrounding counties since.

Continuing education and staying at the forefront of legal issues and practice is important to Mr. Barnes. He regularly travels throughout the country to attend the best and most timely continuing education and to further hone his legal skill.

Just a few of the prestigious colleges and trainings he’s attended, include the National Criminal Defense College, the National College For DUI Defense held on the property of Harvard Law School, and the Tennessee Criminal Defense College.

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Client Testimonials

"John is amazing not only did he get the outcome he promised he did it in a shorter time than he originally said. He went above and beyond in returning my emails and phone calls. John and staff truly cared about me as a person. I highly recommend John Barnes."

Coach M.

"I would highly recommend Mr. Barnes to everyone & I would definitely contact Mr. Barnes if I or anyone in my family should ever need an attorney again:) They were all very professional, friendly & treated our case with importance:) Mr.Barnes got my son’s DUI dropped to reckless driving so I would definitely recommend him to everyone!!!!!!!"

Alicia U.

"Mr. Barnes and his staff are amazing. I can’t imagine anyone doing a better job with my case. At no point in the long process was I disappointed in any way with how things were handled."

Scott C.