Heather Barnes grew up in Tampa and is a graduate of Sickles High School. She continued her education at Florida State University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance (2007). Ms. Barnes graduated, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2010. Ms. Barnes joined The Yerrid Law Firm in October 2011. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2010 and to the Middle District of Florida in 2012.
While in law school, Ms. Barnes served as managing editor for the University of Miami Business Law Review. She was the Honors Recipient in the Litigation Skills Trial Program. Ms. Barnes also worked as a Certified Legal Intern in the Economics Crimes Department at the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, Southern District of Florida. During her final year of school, she worked for a Miami firm specializing in personal injury and wrongful death.
From the start of her career, she has worked for justice for those wrongfully injured through the acts of others. Prior to joining the Firm, she worked with a litigation consulting firm, providing assistance to attorneys in the thematic development of case issues, voir dire, and jury selection. Ms. Barnes is an active member of the Florida Justice Association (Eagle member), serving on the Young Lawyers’ Board. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, and the Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers. She has been selected to the 2017 Florida Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Florida receive this distinction.
In July 2017, Ms. Barnes was recognized by Tampa Bay Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys Rising Stars in Tampa Bay.
Since joining the firm, Ms. Barnes has participated in several jury trials, and cases resulting in settlements in excess of a million dollars.
Ms. Barnes is married to Carson Barnes, and they have two sons, Wyatt and Brooks.