Edward D. Barnes

Edward D. Barnes

Location:
Richmond, Virginia
Phone:
(804) 796-1000
(804) 414-1600
Fax:
(804) 796-1730
Email:

Edward D. Barnes is Founder & President of Barnes & Diehl, P.C., with a tradition of experience and devotion to Family Law. In 2008, he received the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Chicago). He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been Virginia Legal Elite list published by Virginia Business Magazine. Richmond Business Magazine named him "Top Family Lawyer in the City of Richmond and the Region" in 2001.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • Law Review: University of Richmond Law Review
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
    • B.A. - 1966
    • Honors: Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities
  • Army Corps of Engineers Officer Candidate School, Fort Belvoir - 1967
    • Honors: Leadership, Academic and Honor Graduate

Published Works

  • "Virginia Law and Practice: A Handbook For Attorneys," (Chapter on Domestic Relations) Edward D. Barnes , Fellows of the Virginia Law Foundation (2014)
  • "The Spousal Support Case Every Family Law Practitioner Should Know: Is Gamble Dead?," Edward Barnes, Virginia Bar Association News Journal, Vol. 35, No.4, (Winter, 2009)
  • "Nemo Tenetur Seipsum Accusare, Comments on the Fifth Amendment and its Use in Family Law Cases,", Virginia Lawyer (February, 2002)
  • "Negotiating and Drafting Divorce Agreements,", Virginia CLE (2000)
  • "Divorce Agreements: Federal laws can thwart intent," Virginia Lawyers Weekly (December, 2000)
  • "Comments on the Fifth Amendment and Its Use in Family Law," Virginia Lawyers Weekly (February, 2000)
  • "Figuring Good Time - The Post Conviction Process," 16 Univ. Rich. Law Review 505 (1982)
  • "Goldfarb: The End of Self-Regulation?," Virginia Bar Association Journal (October, 1975)
  • Associate Editor, Virginia Bar Association Journal (1975)
  • "Cruel and Unusual Punishment - Constitutionality of the Death Penalty," 5 Univ. Rich. Law Rev. 392 (1971)
  • "Civil Rights - Arrest Record as Basis for Job Denial Held Discriminatory," Gregory v. Litton Systems, Univ.Rich. L. Rev.
  • "Overcooked Boilerplate and Other Morsels: Practice Tips and Traps"
  • Use and Abuse of Expert Testimony in Custody and Visitation

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Richmond Law School
  • Adjunct Faculty, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Annual Divorce Practice Seminar
  • "Advanced Family Law Seminar," Moderator, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Richmond & Norfolk, Virginia (2005-Present)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Richmond, School of Law, "Ethics in Family Law" (2009)
  • "Update on the Law: Recent Cases for Annual Family Law Seminar," Author and Presenter, Montgomery County Bar Association (2005-2009)
  • "Update on the Law: Recent Cases," Author and Presenter, Virginia Continuing Legal Education (2002-2009)
  • "Successful Strategies for Your Custody Case," 22nd Annual Family Law Seminar, Virginia CLE (October, 2004)
  • "Question and Answer Session on Electronic Evidence Issues,'" Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, Virginia CLE, Richmond, Virginia (2004)
  • "What All Practitioners Should Know About Divorce," Midyear Legal Seminar of the Virginia State Bar, Scottsdale, Arizona (2003)
  • The Imputation of Income - Cases and Issues: Four Hot Topics for Family Law Attorneys," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Virginia Chapter (2003)
  • "Use of Experts in Custody Cases, Insights on Tough Custody Issues," 21st Annual Family Law Seminar, Virginia CLE (2002)
  • Negotiating and Drafting Marital Agreements (2002)
  • "Spousal Support and Maintenance; Family Law: A Systematic Approach," 17th Annual Fundamentals Course, Virginia CLE (2001)
  • "Going for the Gold: Locating and Using Winning Evidence," Moderator, 19th Annual Family Law Seminar, Virginia CLE (2000)
  • "Nemo Tenetur Prodere Seipsum - Adultery & the Fifth Amendment's Affect on Spousal Support & Equitable Distribution," State Bar Journal (2000)
  • "Avoiding Litigation in Child Custody Relocation Issues (Topic No. 2) - Four Hot Topics for Family Law Attorneys," Virginia CLE (2000)
  • "Presentation on Stocks and Options; The Case of the Millionaire Couple: Solving the Mystery of the Financially Complex Divorce," 16th Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar, Virginia CLE (2000)
  • "Income in Support Cases," 19th Annual Family Law Seminar, Virginia CLE (2000)
  • "Work Product Doctrine - New Cases, New Advice on Spousal Support, New Rules of Professional Conduct," 18th Annual Family Law Seminar: News You Need to Know, Virginia CLE, Richmond, Roanoke, Falls Church and Norfolk (1999)
  • "Use And Abuse Of Experts," Moderator, 18th Annual Family Law Seminar (1999)
  • "How Do I Handle the Hard Issues? Difficult Issues, Practical Solutions," 17th Annual Family Law Seminar, Virginia CLE, Tysons Corner, Norfolk, Roanoke and Richmond (1998)
  • "Presentation and Trial - Virginia's New Statute on Rehabilitative Alimony: How to Present and Argue Your Case," Virginia CLE, Richmond and Tysons Corner (1998)
  • "Wiretaps And Video As Evidence In Family Law Litigation," (1998)
  • "VTLA- Moving Ahead: the New Millennium- A Documents And Documentation Regarding Family Law," (1997)

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rating, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Voted Best Lawyers in America for 20 years
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Chicago)
  • Virginia Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine (2000-2015)
  • Named Family Lawyer of the Year for Richmond by Best Lawyers in America (2009, 2015)
  • Voted Super Lawyer, Top Family Lawyers in Virginia, Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2006-2016)
  • Voted Super Lawyer Top 10 Lawyers in Virginia, Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2006-2015)
  • Named to the Top 50 Lawyers in Richmond Area (2012)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2008)
  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2008)
  • Voted One of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Virginia, Richmond Magazine Law & Politics (2006-2007)
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Distinguished Alumni of the Year (2006)
  • Voted One of Fifteen "Leaders In The Law" by Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2006)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member, MENSA Society
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
  • The Spider Club - University of Richmond
  • The Rectors Club - University of Richmond
  • The Gothic Society - University of Richmond
  • The Founders Society - University of Richmond
  • The Charter Associates - University of Richmond
  • Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section, Member
  • 1870 Society - University of Richmond Law School
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Member, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry
  • President, Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association
  • Chairman, The National Center for Family Law at the University of Richmond Law School (2006-Current)
  • President-Elect , American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Virginia Chapter (2011-2013)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (1995-2010)
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association, Family Law Section (1975-2006)
  • Chairman, The National Center for Family Law (2008)
  • Member, Family Law Section, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (2006)
  • Member, Law Practice Management Division, Virginia Bar Association (2006)
  • Judge, National Trial Advocacy Competition, Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (2006)
  • Leadership Patron, Virginia Bar Association Foundation (2005)
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2004-2005)
  • Secretary, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2003-2004)
  • Member, Regional Courts Guidelines Committee, guidelines for trial and practice related to family law cases (2003-2004)
  • President-Elect, Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Virginia Chapter (2001-2004)
  • National Chairman, University of Richmond School of Law Fund (1999-2002)
  • Member, Committee on Special Issues, Virginia Bar Association (2000)
  • President, Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Bar Association (1998-1999)
  • Chairman, The City of Richmond Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (1978)

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, Law Clerk (1971-1972)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seventh Army Command, Germany, 1st Lieutenant (1966-1969)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chief Justice Supreme Court of Virginia Pro Bono Summit (2016-Current)
  • Supreme Court of Virginia Pro Bono Summit (2014-Current)
  • Central Virginia Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Family Law (2012-Current)
  • Henrico Bar Association Pro Bono Project (2010-Current)
  • University of Richmond Law School Richmond Downtown Pro Bono Project
  • National Chairman, University of Richmond Law School Fund (1999-2002)
  • Advisory Board Member and Attorney, Old Dominion Eye Bank (1975-1983)
  • Counsel and Member, Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America, Houston, Texas (1976-1982)
  • Province Commander - Ammen Province (Virginia) Kappa Alpha Order (1977-1980)
  • Counsel and Registered Agent, Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad, Henrico County, Virginia (1977)
  • Counsel and Advisory Board Member, Virginia Head Injury Foundation
  • Board Member, Richard Bland College Foundation