Attorney Rich Barnes of The Barnes Firm

About The Barnes Firm

At The Barnes Firm, our BEST personal injury attorneys have decades of experience and proven results in maximizing the returns our clients receive, having produced millions of dollars in settlements. Our suite of legal expertise covers a range of personal injury subjects that includes motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, and many other practice areas.

As experienced personal injury attorneys, we understand the physical and mental stress that often comes with navigating a personal injury case. Not only do victims have to worry about recovering medically, but they also have to ensure their rights are upheld and that they receive the compensation they are entitled to that can help with hardship and suffering. You can trust us to help you get the best results possible.

The Barnes Firm is well-equipped and ready at a moment’s notice to help represent your personal injury case successfully, having attorneys and staff on both the East and West Coasts of the United States. Coupled with our prestigious accreditations and endorsements from previous clients, we are confident that our attorneys will fight to get the compensation you deserve.

Our History

Our founder, Steve Barnes, began his personal injury practice with an aspiration to help accident victims across the nation recover the best results possible from cases both large and small. That goal has driven our firm to put in the time required – day or night – to maximize the results of our client’s case; because we know winning requires that kind of effort.

As a former Marine Corps officer and combat veteran of the Gulf War, Steve also understood how important a disciplined focus can be when achieving a goal. That clear vision helps provide our clients with the strength and resolve needed to litigate against some of the biggest insurance companies and businesses in the world.

Steve’s 30+ year career as a personal injury attorney spanned both the law offices of Cellino & Barnes and The Barnes Firm. He was involved as counsel in scores of multi-million dollar cases including motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, severe burns, traumatic brain injury cases and medical malpractice litigation. Steve also acted as lead trial counsel in a products liability case in New York that resulted in one of the largest settlements in American history.

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Founder Steve Barnes and President Rich Barnes

After the unexpected passing of Steve Barnes, his brother and distinguished attorney Rich Barnes was appointed President of The Barnes Firm.  Rich brings 40+ years of legal experience as a trial lawyer, senior assistant District Attorney, private practice lawyer, as well as serving as president of the WNY Trial Lawyers Association.

It was Steve Barnes’ dream to bring justice to all Americans who suffer due to the wrongdoing of individuals and corporations alike. With a shared passion for advocating for what is right, Rich Barnes and all of the attorneys at The Barnes Firm are driven to honor Steve Barnes’ legacy by upholding the standard of achieving the best result possible for every client in every case.

Our Goal

Regardless of the size of the case, the severity of the accident, or the resolve of the other side, The Barnes Firm is committed to always obtain the best result possible for your personal injury claim. We pride and dedicate ourselves to helping you acquire the maximum amount of recovery possible alongside a sense that justice has been served in your favor.

This goal remains our primary objective in every area of our practice, including the following:

Our Communities

In addition to helping accident injury victims, The Barnes Firm is also heavily involved in both California and New York communities. Through philanthropic efforts, sponsorships, and volunteer work, The Barnes Firm attorneys are always giving back to local communities. Learn more at The Barnes Firm Community.

Today, The Barnes Firm is one of America’s largest injury law firms with over 40 seasoned legal professionals serving local communities in:

●     Bronx, NY

●     Brooklyn, NY

●     Buffalo, NY

●     Long Island, NY

●     New York, NY

●     Queens, NY

●     Rochester, NY

●     Los Angeles, CA

●     Oakland, CA

●     San Diego, CA

●     San Francisco, CA

●     San Jose, CA

Recognized as one of the best

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Meet Our Managing Attorneys

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Buffalo, NY

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Rochester, NY

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New York, NY

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Long Island, NY



Los Angeles, CA



San Francisco | San Jose | Oakland, CA



San Diego, CA

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide justice for our clients with outstanding legal service, zealous representation, and fighting to obtain the maximum recovery possible in the shortest period of time.

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Put The Power Of The Barnes Firm In Your Corner

The success our attorneys have had in the courtroom gives us significant leverage at the negotiation table. Our adversaries also know we will not hesitate to take our client’s case to trial in order to achieve the best results possible on their behalf.

Our team of attorneys want to hear from you. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, slip and fall, construction accident, or have suffered another type of personal injury, we are here to help. Call The Barnes Firm now at (800) 800-0000 or submit a contact form today.

five star reviews

The Barnes Firm was very friendly, always quick to respond to our calls, emails. When we had any questions or concerns they were there to walk us through everything. Would definitely recommend them to anyone that is looking for an attorney that will honestly fight for you and has your best interest in mind.

-Nichole W.