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Michael C. Barnes, Esq.

Michael C. Barnes, Esq.

Managing Partner

Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and Virginia

Mr. Barnes is responsible for ensuring that DCBA Law & Policy provides high quality services to the satisfaction of the firm’s clients.

Mr. Barnes provides strategic counsel to businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and individuals. His practice is focused heavily on corporate responsibility, public policy, and regulatory compliance in the areas of health care and drug safety. He has advised pharmaceutical companies developing medications with abuse-deterrent, diversion-resistant, and adherence-enhancing properties; laboratories offering cutting-edge diagnostic services; and health care providers seeking to improve health outcomes and reduce the risks of criminal, civil, and administrative liability.

Mr. Barnes is a founder of the not-for-profit Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence and has been a member of the advisory board for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit since 2012. He has authored more than 10 scholarly articles and presents frequently at conferences nationwide. He is a contributor to U.S. News & World Report and provides analysis for TV networks including CNBC, CNN, FOX Business, FOX News, and MSNBC. Mr. Barnes previously served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Mr. Barnes obtained his Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law and was recognized by the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section as Outstanding Law Graduate in the Practice of Family Law. He earned a master’s degree in international economic policy from La Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lived and studied as a Rotary Foundation International Ambassadorial Scholar. He received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Flagler College. In 2007, Flagler College honored Mr. Barnes with its Young Alumni Achievement Award.