Edward D. Barnes
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Edward D. Barnes
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Edward D. Barnes


Location: Richmond, Virginia
Phone:
(804) 796-1000
(804) 414-1600
Fax: (804) 796-1730
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Edward D. Barnes is Founder & CEO of Barnes & Diehl 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.  He is in the top 10 of Lawyers in Virginia as published and named by Super Lawyers.  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

Academies & Honors:

  • Ranked by Super Lawyer Magazine as “Number One” Lawyer among all Lawyers in Virginia (2018)
  • Inducted into the Inaugural Class of Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame (2018)
  • Fellow, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society “The Litigation Counsel of America” (2014-2015)
  • President, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – Virginia Chapter (2011-2013)
  • Named Family Lawyer of the Year for Richmond by Best Lawyers in America (2009, 2015)
  • Chairman, The National Center for Family Law, University of Richmond School of Law (2006-Current)
  • Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2008)
  • Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation
  • Adjunct Faculty, Ethics in Family Law, University of Richmond School of Law
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2004)
  • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Chicago, IL)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (London) (1995-2010)
  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, University of Richmond School of Law (2006)
  • Voted “Leader In The Law”, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (2006)
  • Voted Super Lawyer, Top Family Lawyers in Virginia, Richmond Magazine and Law & Politics (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • Voted Super Lawyer Top 10 Lawyers (all categories) in Virginia, Richmond Magazine and Law & Politics
  • Voted Super Lawyer, “Top 50” in Richmond
  • Included in Best Lawyers in America every year for over 25 years.
  • Board of Managers, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Virginia Chapter (2001- 2004)
  • University of Richmond School of Law, Board of Directors
  • Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business Magazine (every year since 2006)
  • President – Chesterfield/Colonial Heights Bar Association (1998-1999)
  • President – Metro Richmond Family Law Bar Association (1998-1999)
  • Chairman – The City of Richmond Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section (1978)
  • Member, MENSA Society
  • Member, International Society for Philosophical Enquiry
  • Court of Honor – Ammen Province – Kappa Alpha Order

Professional Experience:

  • Founder and CEO of Barnes & Diehl, P.C.
  • Law clerk to The Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Virginia (1971-1972)
  • Admitted to The Supreme Court of the United States (1974)
  • Admitted to The Supreme Court of Virginia (1971)
  • Admitted to The United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (1972)
  • Admitted to The United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit (1972)

Education:

  • The University of Richmond School of Law (J.D. 1972)
  • East Carolina University (B.A. 1966)  

Military Experience:

  • Officer U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (1966-1969)
  • Seventh Army Command, Germany (1967-1969)
  • Leadership, Academic and Honor Graduate of the Army Corps of Engineers Officer Candidate School, Fort Belvoir (1967)

Church Activities:

  • Chair, Church Council, Trinity United Methodist Church (1998 – present)
  • Finance Committee

Bar Association &Activities:

  • Chairman, The National Center for Family Law Studies (2008 – present)
  • Judge, National Trial Advocacy Competition, Sponsored by Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (January 2006)
  • Member, Family Law Section – Virginia State Bar (2006 – present)
  • Member, Family Law Section – Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (2006 – present)
  • Member, Family Law Section – Virginia Bar Association (2006 – present)
  • Member, Law Practice Management Division – Virginia Bar Association (2006)
  • Leadership Patron, Virginia Bar Association Foundation (2005)
  • Past Chair, Board of Governors, Virginia State Bar, Family Law Section (2005)
  • Liaison from American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers to Supreme Court of Virginia Committee to implement a Virginia Family Court (2005)
  • Member, Regional Courts Guidelines Committee to set Guidelines for the Trial and Practice related to family law cases (2003-2004)
  • National Chairman – University of Richmond School of Law Fund – (1999-2002)
  • Lifetime Member, East Carolina University, Alumni Association
  • Virginia Bar Association Committee, Special Issues (2000)
  • Dean’s Advisory Council – University of Richmond School of Law
  • 1870 Society – University of Richmond School of Law
  • The Robins Society – University of Richmond
  • The Charter Associates – UnThe Founders Society – University of Richmond
  • The Gothic Society – University of Richmond
  • The Rectors Club – University of Richmond
  • The Spider Club – University of Richmond
  • The Judiciary Gift Society – University of Richmond
  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Richmond Law School (1978-1979) (2012 – 2016)
  • Adjunct Faculty, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Lecturer – ECPI University
  • Frequent Speaker – Virginia Continuing Legal Education Seminars (Statewide)
  • Associate Editor, The Virginia Bar Association Journal (1975)

Civic & Other Activities:

  • Licensed Instrument-rated Airplane Pilot
  • Counsel and Member, Advisory Board of the Eye Bank Association of America, Houston, Texas (1976-1982)Attorney and Advisory Board, Old Dominion Eye Bank, Richmond, Virginia (1975-1983)Former Counsel and Advisory Board, Virginia Head Injury Foundation, Richmond, Virginia Counsel & Registered Agent-Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad, Henrico County, Virginia – Pro Bono (1977-Current)
  • Youth Coach, YMCA Soccer League (1995-1998)
  • Indian Guides and Indian Princesses programs, Chesterfield YMCA
  • Soccer Coach, Chesterfield Soccer Club (2001- …)
  • Province Commander – Ammen Province (Virginia) of the Kappa Alpha Order (1977-1980)
  • Presents Annual Update on Family Law lectures (Virginia), Continuing Legal Education for Virginia State Bar (Richmond, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Roanoke)

Publications:

  • Barnes, Edward (Chapter on Domestic Relations) VIRGINIA LAW AND PRACTICE:  A HANDBOOK FOR ATTORNEYS (2014), published by FELLOWS OF THE VIRGINIA LAW FOUNDATION (Author)
  • Barnes, The Spousal Support Case Every Family Law Practitioner Should Know: Is Gamble Dead? – Virginia Bar Association News Journal (Vol. 35, No. 4 – Winter, 2009,)
  • Negotiating and Drafting Divorce Agreements , (2000-Current) (VACLE) (Author)
  • Goldfarb: The End of Self-Regulation?, VBA Journal, 13, (1975)
  • Figuring Good-Time – The Post Conviction Process, 16 Univ. Rich. Law Review 505 (1982)
  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment – Constitutionality of the Death . . .  Ralph v. Warden, 5 Univ. Rich. L. Rev. 392 (1971)
  • Civil Rights – Arrest Record as Basis for Job Denial Held Discriminatory – Gregory v. Litton Systems, 5 Univ. Rich. L. Rev. – (1971)
  • Lawyers Weekly – Tax Traps
  • Virginia Lawyer – Comments On The Fifth Amendment And Its Use in Family Law –  Edward D. Barnes; Charles E. Powers, (February, 2002)
  • Overcooked Boilerplate And Other Morsels- APractice Tips And Traps – Edward D. Barnes; Ann Brakke Campfield
  • Use And Abuse Of Expert Testimony In Custody And Visitation- Edward D. Barnes

Appellate Cases:

  • Wright v. Wright, 61 Va. Ct. of App. 432 (2013)
  • Lazarchic v. Lazarchic, (Va. Ct. of App., 2005)
  • Joynes v. Payne, (VLW 001-7-245)
  • Reese v. Reese, Record No. 2564-00-2 (2001)
  • Gifford v. Dunkum, 1996 Va. App. LEXIS 114 (Ct. App. 1996)
  • McDavid v. McDavid, 451 S.E.2d 713, 19 Va. App. 406, (Ct. App. 1994)
  • Cottrell v. General Sys. Software Corp., 448 S.E.2d 421, 248 Va. 401, (S. Ct. 1994)
  • Goodwin v. Hare, 436 S.E.2d 605, 246 Va. 402, (S. Ct. 1993)
  • Westbrook v. Westbrook, 364 S.E.2d 523, 5 Va. App. 446 (Ct. App. 1988)
  • Howard v. Warden, 348 S.E.2d 211, 232 Va. 16 (S. Ct. 1986)
  • Cook v. Commonwealth, 309 S.E.2d 325, 226 Va. 427 (S. Ct. 1983)
  • Payne v. Warden of Powhatan Correctional Center, 285 S.E.2d 886, 223 Va. 180 (S. Ct. 1982)
  • Stamper v. Commonwealth, 257 S.E.2d 808, 220 Va. 260 (S. Ct. 1979)
  • Allied Products Inc. v. Duesterdick, 232 S.E.2d 774, 217 Va. 763 (S. Ct. 1977)
  • Washington v. Commonwealth, 217 S.E.2d 815, 216 Va. 285 (S. Ct. 1975)

Virginia Continuing Legal Education:

  • Update on Family Law, Virginia State Bar, MCLE – Edward D. Barnes; Prepare Materials and Speak – (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) – Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke).
  • Speaker and Panelist for The 6th Annual Tax Conference for the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants – Edward D. Barnes; (October 17, 2005)
  • 21st Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar – “Mind Your Ps and Qs:  Property, Pensions, and QDROs” –  Edward D. Barnes; (May 26, 2005)
  • 21st Annual Advanced Family Law Seminar – “Practice Tips Regarding Retirement, Pension and Deferred Compensation – And Those Statutory Pitfalls” –  Edward D. Barnes, Moderator and Presenter; (2005)
  • Negotiating And Drafting Marital Agreements- Edward D. Barnes; (Mar. 12, 2002) (VACLE) (Author)
  • Use And Abuse Of Experts- Moderator- 18th Annual Family Law Seminar- Edward D. Barnes, (1999)
  • Wiretaps And Video As Evidence In Family Law Litigation- Edward D. Barnes, (1998)
  • Annual Bench Bar Conference-  Edward D. Barnes, Moderator, (Oct. 21, 1999)
  • Professional Goodwill In Virginia, AA Comprehensive Analysis-  Edward D. Barnes, Panelist, (1999)
  • Bench Bar Conference- Domestic Relations- Domestic Relations: AFrom Dabblers To Experts-Common Traps For The Unwary And How To Avoid Them@- Edward D. Barnes, Panelist
  • How To Present And Argue Your Case- Virginia=s New Statute On Rehabilitative Alimony- Edward D. Barnes, (1998)
  • Avoiding Litigation In Matters Relating To The Relocation Of The Principal Residence Of A Child- Edward D. Barnes, (2000)
  • 19th Annual Family Law Seminar – AGoing For The Gold: Locating And Using Winning Evidence@- Edward D. Barnes, (Oct. 5, 2000)
  • Annual Divorce Practice Seminar- A Avoiding Litigation On Child Custody Relocation Issues@- Edward D. Barnes, (Aug. 23, 2000)
  • VTLA- Moving Ahead: the New Millennium- A Documents And Documentation RE: Family Law@- Edward D. Barnes, (Dec. 10, 1997)
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