Ben A. Barnes


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Ben Barnes handles complex commercial disputes in Texas and across the country in state and federal court and in arbitration.  Ben concentrates on energy-related disputes, but his substantive experience also includes deal-related litigation, class action litigation, restructuring litigation, and antitrust matters.  Ben has considerable experience representing commercial plaintiffs on a contingency or alternative fee basis.

Ben’s work has earned him recognition from both legal media and his peers. Legal500 United States recommended him for energy litigation in 2023, Texas Super Lawyers listed him among Texas’s top 100 up-and-coming lawyers in 2023, Best Lawyers has dubbed him “One to Watch,” and D Magazine has listed him among the best lawyers in Dallas under 40.

Before entering private practice, Ben clerked for the Honorable Raymond W. Gruender of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He has been an officer in the United States Marine Corps Reserve since 2010 and most recently served as a policy analyst within the office of the Secretary of the Navy. Ben is also on the Board of Advisors of the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, his alma mater.

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