Attorney Ned Barnett
Ned Barnett is a native Houstonian. His father, both grandfathers and his great-grandfather were all lawyers. Mr. Barnett graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1984 and immediately enrolled in the University of Houston Law School. In 1987, he graduated from law school and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in 1987.
Mr. Barnett's first job as an attorney was in the Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's office as a state prosecutor. He served in that office for three years working for Mr. Michael Guarino. There he prosecuted all cases ranging from DWI's to capital murder. For a year Mr. Barnett either personally prosecuted or supervised the prosecution of every DWI case in the county. During that time, he handled more jury trials than any prosecutor in the office.
In 1991, Mr. Barnett became a Federal Prosecutor for the Department of Justice with the Assistant United States Attorney's office in Houston, Texas. There he prosecuted a variety of criminal cases with an emphasis on major drug conspiracies. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Barnett was the lead trial lawyer on a large number of significant criminal cases with a perfect record. He never lost a case. After serving three years in this office he now had the proper training and experience to become a criminal defense attorney, his life-long dream, just like his father, grandfathers and great-grandfather before him.
Experience in DWI Defense
In 1994, Mr. Barnett began representing people charged with drunk driving (DWI). DWI cases represent the majority of all cases that he handles. He has handled these and other cases with a tremendous amount of success. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is certified in the standard field sobriety tests that police officers use when arresting people accused of DWI. He owns a police breath test machine and he is certified to operate the machine. He feels this type of training is very important when questioning a police officer in trial. Mr Barnett is also a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense.
Mr. Barnett's experience and training has earned him numerous invitations to speak to other attorneys regarding the practice of law in defending DWI cases. In short, Mr. Barnett's career is dedicated to the defense of criminal cases.Recently, Mr. Barnett's stellar legal representation and ethical practice earned him an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martinedale-Hubbell®. This rating is considered a significant achievement in the legal community and indicates Mr. Barnett's dedication to maintaining an exemplary legal reputation.
- 1994 - Present: Criminal Defense Lawyer
- 1991 - 1994: United States Attorney's Office (Houston, Texas),
Assistant United States Attorney
1988 - 1991: Galveston County District
Assistant District Attorney
University of Houston Law Center
University of Texas
Admitted to Practice:
- November, 1987
- Texas Supreme Court
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
- United States District Courts Southern and Eastern of Texas
Memberships and Affiliations:
- Founding Member of the National College for DUI Defense
- Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association
- State Bar College
- Supporting Member of National Child Abuse Defense Center
- Houston Bar Association
- Galveston County Bar Association
- Montgomery County Bar Association
- Houston Trial Lawyers Association