Heather A. Barnes

Heather A. Barnes

520 Capitol Mall
Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916.565.0300
Fax: 916.565.1636

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Primary Practice Areas

Administrative Defense

Business Law

Civil Litigation


Employment Law

Professional Liability

Real Estate

Personal Injury

General Liability


  • All State and Federal Courts in the State of California
  • All Courts in the State of Indiana


  • J.D., Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
  • M.B.A., Indiana University Kelley School of Business
  • B.A., Purdue University - Indianapolis, School of Science - Concentration: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business - Certificate of Business Foundations

Heather A. Barnes


Ms. Barnes is an experienced litigator in the Sacramento office of Murphy Pearson Bradley & Feeney, where she represents businesses and individuals covering all of their litigation needs. Her practice extends to professional liability, general business litigation, real estate, and complex litigation matters. Ms. Barnes has obtained favorable results for clients in civil litigation, ranging from dismissal to settlement, and has extensively prepared cases for mediation, class certification, and trial.

Professional and Community Contributions

Ms. Barnes was recently selected to become an Associate Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of Northern American lawyers, judges and scholars. Ms. Barnes also serves on the Membership Chair of Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Professional Liability Committee, and is currently an Associate Editor for the Defense Comment Magazine, a publication of the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada.

Since coming to California, Ms. Barnes has worked, temporarily, for the Fred Finch Youth Center, of Northern California, and is pursuing volunteer opportunities with the Legal Services of Northern California. While in Indiana, Ms. Barnes volunteered her time to assist clients in the Protective Order Pro Bono Project, to clerk for the Indianapolis division of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as an extern for the Indiana Court of Appeals and Finish Line Corporation, and to serve as counsel for indigent clients of the Indiana University Law Clinic.

Selected Memberships

  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Indiana
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento
  • Association of Defense Counsel for Northern California & Nevada
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) - The Voice of the Defense Bar

Selected Publications

  • The Pitfalls of Private Money Lending, Co-authored with Adam M. Koss, Defense Research Institute (DRI), September 2015
  • Think Again - Making the Most of Defense Attorneys' Fee Awards, Co-authored with Adam M. Koss, Defense Research Institute (DRI), September 2014

Awards and Honors

  • Selected for the 2017 - 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers' Rising Star List
  • Named one of Sacramento Magazine's 2017 Top Lawyers in Professional Malpractice


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