111 W. Adair Street
Valdosta, GA 31601
(229) 244-7774

Our Team

Richard E. Barnes

Richard Barnes is the founder of BarnesLaw, LLC. An attorney with 30 years’ experience with professionals, executives and family owned businesses, Richard is an author and regular speaker on business and estate planning. Richard is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Richard is a Past Chair of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and currently serves on its Executive and Trust Code Revision Committees.

Richard is a past President of the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, a Past President of the Valdosta Rotary Club, a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, a member of the 2014-2015 Philanthropic Advisors Leadership Institute sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, a Children's Legacy Advisor for the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, a member of the Atlanta and Valdosta Bar Associations, and a member of the American Bar Association (Business Law and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections), the State Bar of Georgia (Business Law, Fiduciary Law and Real Property Law Sections) and Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate Law Section). In Fall 2008, Richard served as an Adjunct Instructor at Valdosta State University, where he taught a course on Business Associations. Since 2010, Richard has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and as a Georgia Super Lawyer.

In May 2009, Richard's book, Estate Planning for Blended Families: Providing for Your Spouse & Children in a Second Marriage, was published by Nolo Press of Berkeley, California. The book is the first book to focus on the particular needs of spouses in second marriages in providing for one another as well as children from the current relationship or previous relationships. The book is available on amazon.com or nolo.com, in addition to other online and traditional retailers. For more information on Richard's book, click here.

Richard is licensed to practice law in the States of Georgia and Florida.

Richard is a graduate of Rhodes College and Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he was the Senior Student Writing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Prior to founding BarnesLaw, LLC in January 2010, Richard was a partner in the Valdosta firm Elliott, Blackburn, Barnes & Gooding, P.C. Before moving to Valdosta in 1999, Richard was the General Counsel for the Transmission Network Systems Division of Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Before practicing in-house, Richard was an associate at Troutman Sanders LLP and King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta.

Richard is a member of Valdosta First United Methodist Church.  Richard has served on the Board of Directors of Lowndes Education Improvement Foundation, Inc., the Lowndes County School Superintendent's Advisory Council and the Planned Gifts Committee of the South Georgia Medical Center Foundation.

Richard is married to Bridgett Moore, M.D., a Valdosta plastic surgeon. They have one son, Tucker, who attends Brown University.

Contact Richard at rbarnes@barneslawllc.com

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Sherry Wilson

Sherry is the firm’s Director of Administration and Finance.  She holds a BS Degree in Education from Valdosta State University.  Sherry is responsible for accounting, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, and billing, etc.  Sherry is in her second career with the firm, having retired in 2009 from the State of Georgia after 34 years.  She is who you call if you have a question about a bill or need a copy of a statement.

Sherry is the proud mother of two daughters, Courtney and Casey, and the very proud grandmother, MeMe, to five grandchildren, Houston, Gabbi, Nicolas, Jenna Blake, Rhiann and Skylar.

Contact Sherry at swilson@barneslawllc.com

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