About

The Barnes Law Firm is a full-service appellate firm that helps attorneys and individuals solve and address complex trial and appellate issues. The firm has a statewide practice that is not limited in subject matter. The firm has worked with lawyers nationally and throughout South Carolina in state and federal courts.

Litigation is a multi-faceted practice that, in today’s legal environment, requires a forward-thinking approach at every stage and constant anticipation of procedural and evidentiary issues. Barnes Law Firm approaches each case from an appellate perspective and integrates that with trial counsel’s litigation approach, strategy, and style.

Working and trying a case with an appeal in mind will increase the chance of success at settlement, trial, and on appeal. Hiring an appellate attorney at the dispositive motion or trial stage of a case allows the trial attorney to focus on the presentation to a judge or jury, and the appellate attorney to shape the theory of a case while ensuring issues are preserved for a potential appeal.

Approach

Barnes Law Firm approaches each case from an appellate perspective and integrates that with trial counsel’s litigation approach, strategy, and style.  Litigation is a multi-faceted practice that, in today’s legal environment, requires a forward-thinking approach at each stage and constant anticipation of procedural and evidentiary issues.

Litigation and appeals require focus on evidence, causation, damages, procedure, and strategy all at once. An insurance adjuster, jury, and appellate court know only the story presented by the litigation team. An appellate attorney can shape the story for effective translation to an appeal. Preparing a case for an appeal prepares it better for trial and settlement.

After trial, a well-prepared case presents an opportunity, not a road block. An appeal has the potential to regain or save a desired case outcome, shape an area of law, and affect the trial methods and strategies of similar, future cases in an attorney’s particular practice area.

The settlement value of a case may be enhanced by thorough preparation for appeal, including preserving issues and strategically choosing which evidence to present and in what form.

Kathleen Barnes has experience working in the Court of Appeals and can identify advantageous methods to frame a case for appeal and anticipate complex procedural issues. Whether you are faced with a disappointing ruling or are interested in protecting a judgment in your client’s favor, involving appellate support will bring a fresh perspective to your client’s case.

Practice Areas and Services

Trial and Appellate Services

Barnes Law Firm can assist at all stages of a case through an appeal in state or federal court.

Motions/Pretrial

Motions for summary judgment, motions to dismiss, motions in limine, and research

Trial

Consulting, including researching and writing motions, verdict forms, and jury charges; post-trial motions and issue preservation; and post-judgment settlement and appeal strategy

Appeal

Appellate motions, brief research and writing, oral advocacy, petitions for rehearing, writs of certiorari, and amicus curiae briefs.

Kathleen Barnes

Kathleen is an appellate attorney who has argued appeals and written briefs in the South Carolina Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA. She also argues in circuit court and Federal District Court.

Kathleen began her career as an appellate law clerk to the Honorable John Cannon Few, then Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals, now a Justice on the South Carolina Supreme Court. In 2014, she started the Barnes Law Firm in Hampton, South Carolina. Kathleen lives in Hampton with her husband, William Barnes, who practices law at Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth, & Detrick, and their two daughters.

Bar Admissions:

  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Education:

  • JD, 2010, Charleston School of Law, summa cum laude
    • The Charleston Law Review, Assistant Editor in Chief
    • Moot Court Board
  • BA, Journalism, 2007, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Honors:

  • South Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Appellate) 2018-2019
  • 2020 South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • South Carolina Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • South Carolina Association for Justice
  • 2o20 Class of Leadership Salkehatchie
  • South Carolina Bar Torts & Insurance Practice Section Council Member

Sample of Appellate Matters:

Odom v. Town of McBee Election Commission, 427 S.C. 305 (2019)

Hazel v. Blitz U.S.A., Inc., 425 S.C. 361 (Ct. App. 2018)

Norwest Props., LLC v. Strebler, 424 S.C. 617 (Ct. App. 2018), cert denied

Donze v. General Motors, LLC, 420 S.C. 8 (2017)

Winrose Homeowners’ Ass’n v. Hale, 837 S.E.2d 47 (2019)