Robert Barnes is a retired partner who concentrated on commercial and intellectual property litigation, and on resolving employment-related disputes.

Mr. Barnes' commercial litigation experience covers aerospace, securities, pharmaceutical, and entertainment clients in a broad range of contract and tort disputes in federal and state courts and arbitrations. Clients include Boeing Corporation and Warner Bros. He has written on expert witness standards and the reach of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Mr. Barnes's intellectual property practice focuses on copyright, trademark, and patent litigation arising from the entertainment and bioscience industries. Clients include Warner Bros., Kelley Blue Book, ABC, and Sequenom, Inc.

Mr. Barnes represented corporate clients seeking advice on complex human resources issues or engaged in employment disputes. He advised and litigated for employers on numerous aspects of state and federal wage and hour, discrimination, lay off and wrongful termination, and other labor and employment laws, and in structuring the employment-related aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions. 

Mr. Barnes has directed and personally conducted many in-house investigations of harassment, discrimination and employee misconduct allegations. Mr. Barnes has written on the enforceability of restrictions on competitive activity in employment contracts.

While attending UCLA School of Law, Mr. Barnes was Editor of the UCLA Law Review.


  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, 1985, Order of the Coif
  • BA, MA, University of Oxford, Wadham College, 1974
  • California
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US District Court, Central District of California
  • US District Court, Eastern District of California
  • US District Court, Northern District of California
  • US District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, The Honorable Harry Pregerson

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