Born in Ventura, CA, Rich grew up in California and multiple areas of New York. As an undergraduate at SUNY Buffalo, Rich began working with Steve Barnes at the law offices of Cellino & Barnes in Buffalo, New York. This experience with Steve Barnes solidified Rich’s passion for helping hurt individuals and their families in their greatest time of need, as well as solidifying that The Barnes Firm was where he wanted to practice his passion.
After graduating college in Buffalo, New York, Rich moved back to California to attend law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego. Upon graduating from law school and passing the California bar exam on his first attempt, Rich developed his practice with a client-first focus, fiercely advocating for his clients and their families. When Steve Barnes announced that Cellino & Barnes would be coming to San Diego as The Barnes Firm, Rich was excited for the opportunity come back home to rejoin the ranks of The Barnes Firm family.
Rich’s practice is entirely devoted to injured individuals and nothing else. Rich’s tenacity, aggressiveness, and results-driven advocacy is only matched by the loyalty, compassion, and devotion he has for clients, whom he considers family. As senior trial attorney at the Barnes Firm, Rich understands the pain and emotional stress his clients and their families experience because of their injuries. His tenacity, compassion, and client-focus are evident in every recovery he attains.
In 2017, Rich was selected as one of California’s “10 Best Attorneys For Client Satisfaction” by the American Institute or Personal Injury Attorneys. In 2021, Rich was selected for The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. In 2022, Rich was admitted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Also in 2022, Rich founded Practice Trial San Diego (PTSD): a public speaking and trial skills course for attorneys in the San Diego area. Also in 2022, Rich became the volunteer legal advisor for the National Veterans Foundation. Also in 2022, Rich was selected into the American Inns of Court – Hon. William B Enright Inn of Court. In 2023, Rich was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Stars Honoree.
“The Barnes Firm did an excellent job on my car accident case. Jade was extremely helpful an answering all of my questions.”
“The Barnes Firm was very friendly, always quick to respond to our calls and emails. When we had any questions or concerns, they were there to walk us through everything. I 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.”
“They handled everything with my accident and got me the maximum amount of money back, more than I thought I would get! Thanks!!”