Brian W. Barnes

Brian Barnes is a partner at Cooper & Kirk and has litigated cases at all levels of the federal courts on a range of matters, including financial regulation, takings, and constitutional law. He also successfully represented the plaintiffs in the first suits to be brought on behalf of property owners against state-licensed marijuana businesses under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). Mr. Barnes clerked for Justice Samuel Alito of the United States Supreme Court during the October 2012 term and also previously served as a law clerk to Judge Thomas Griffith of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Mr. Barnes graduated from Yale College, magna cum laude, in 2006 and graduated from Yale Law School in 2010, where he was an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal and a member of the Yale Supreme Court Clinic. Mr. Barnes’ student note on insurance rescission was published in the Yale Law Journal and is cited in numerous treatises on insurance law.

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