Michael C. Barnes, Esq.



Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • American Bar Association
  • Journal of Opioid Management, Editorial Review Board
  • National Prescription Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, Advisory Board
  • National Sheriffs’ Association, Drug Enforcement Committee


Michael C. Barnes is a partner at DCBA Law & Policy, where he provides strategic counsel to businesses, professionals, and not-for-profit organizations. His practice is focused heavily on public policy, corporate responsibility, and regulatory compliance in the areas of health care and drug safety.

Mr. Barnes is a leading advocate for individual rights and innovative responses to some of the top policy issues in the U.S., including the opioid, heroin, and fentanyl crisis; health care; criminal justice reform; and privacy. He regularly provides legal and political analysis for FOX Business.

Mr. Barnes is chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing Americans’ health, safety, and opportunity. He has been a member of the advisory board for the National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit since 2011, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Drug Enforcement Committee since 2014, and the editorial board for the Journal of Opioid Management since 2015.

Mr. Barnes was a political appointee under President George W. Bush, having served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Barnes worked on political and issue campaigns, and was an editor at a national political news site.

Mr. Barnes obtained his Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of 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.


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