Professional Experience

Mr. Barnes has been honored as a Southern California “Super Lawyer,” and is Avvo rated. Mr. Barnes was a civil trial attorney for 17 years, responsible for civil cases from filing to verdict or settlement. Mr. Barnes tried numerous jury trials and arbitrations to verdict/ruling across Southern California.  Mr. Barnes is admitted to practice in all Courts of the State of California.

Chris is a Certified Panel Mediator with the United States District Court, Central District of California, a Pro-Bono Panel Mediator with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a Mediator with the Los Angeles Mediation Program (LAMP), a Certified Mediator with the Ventura County Superior Court, and a Certified Mediator with the Orange County Superior Court.

Mr. Barnes is a California and Federal Employment Law Specialist. Approximately 80% of his civil practice was devoted to Employment Law.  Mr. Barnes’ employment experience includes claims of:
  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Retaliation
  • Wage & Hour
  • Whistleblower
Mr. Barnes also has extensive experience in the following areas:
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Malpractice (Medical and Legal)
  • Wrongful Death
  • Civil Rights
  • Business Torts
  • Americans with Disabilities Act


B.A. Literature, University of Georgia

J.D. Pepperdine University School of Law

Moot Court Board
Trial Advocacy Fellow
Terry Giles Scholar

Pepperdine University,
Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution
“Mediating the Litigated Case” Training Program