Mrs. Barnes is a Florida native, and a graduate of St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach. After graduating from Sweet Briar College, Mrs. Barnes studied at the University of Edinburgh College of Law in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, where she earned her law degree in 1990. Mrs. Barnes returned to the United States to attend Stetson University College of Law to receive her Juris Doctor in 1993, and she was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1993. Mrs. Barnes furthered her legal education by earning a Master of Laws in Real Property Development from the University of Miami School of Law in 1995. In June 2008, Mrs. Barnes was admitted to the Rolls of Solicitors of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. In September of 2008, Mrs. Barnes was admitted to practice law to The Commonwealth of the Bahamas Bar.
Mrs. Barnes’ practice includes guardianship law, probate administration, elder law, general business and corporate matters, condominium and association law, and real estate law for client matters throughout the Treasure Coast and the State of Florida.
Mrs. Barnes is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, she is a member of The Florida Bar, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas Bar, the Indian River County Bar Association, the Indian River County Real Property Council, Inc., the Florida State Guardianship Association, and Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys (AFELA). She is also a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law and Elder Law Sections of The Florida Bar. Mrs. Barnes serves as a member of First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach (past Chair of Trustees Committee, and past Chair of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee); member of the Board of Directors of Senior Resource Association, Inc.; the Junior League of Indian River (Sustainer member, past member of Board of Directors); 2017 Dancing with Vero Star’s – Grand Champion, Top Fundraiser, and Best Dance Score; and Dancing with Vero Star’s Planning Committee (Co-Chair).