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.

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

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.


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 DUI Summer Session at Harvard Law School, and the Tennessee Criminal Defense College.

Membership & Honors

Top 40 Under 40 – National Trial Lawyers

Top 100 Trial Lawyers – National Trial Lawyers

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