Brandon Barnes hails from a family of lawyers and is part of a vanishing breed who actually have lived their whole lives in Austin. Growing up in Northwest Austin, Brandon attended and graduated from Westwood High School, attended Texas State University-McCoy Business School, where he excelled in international macroeconomic policy, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in International Business. A proud graduate of St. Mary’s Law School, Brandon returned immediately to Austin to practice. He hails from a long line of attorneys, judges, and litigators devoted to the practice of law as a calling as well as a profession. His father, Leo L. Barnes, is the current Director of Policy and Compliance for the University Interscholastic League, his grandfather, William J. Craig served as Gray County (Pampa Texas) Judge, State Representative, and assistant Texas Attorney General. Brandon’s great uncle, Jasper Jones, was an attorney in Monroe, Louisiana and served on the State of Louisiana Court of Appeals in Shreveport.
Soon to be married to the equally accomplished and much more beautiful criminal defense attorney Elizabeth Resendez, Brandon plans to remain in Austin forever, practicing law like all those in his family who came before him.
When not busy with law practice, Brandon reads Roman history, plays electric and acoustical guitar, practices his legal arguments and cross examination techniques with Diego the Chihuahua, and gives back to the community using his legal talents to provide pro bono legal services to Volunteer Legal Services of Austin, (VLS) and Habitat for Humanity –Austin.
Juris Doctorate, St. Mary’s University School of Law – 2015.
Dean’s List, Spring 2015
B.A. in International Business, Texas State University – 2012
Magna Cum Laude
Alpha Chi Honor Society
Dean’s List, Fall 2009, Spring & Fall 2010, Fall 2011
Import/Export Fellowship, U.S. Department of Commerce 2012
Supreme Court of Texas – 2015
Awards and Publications
Hughes-Gosset Award for Students, The Supreme Court Historical Society – 2017
JAMES B. BARNES, The Font of Federal Power: Filburn and the Aggregation Principle, 2017 Vol. 42, No. 1 Journal of Supreme Court History (ISBN 978-1-4443-3846-1)