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Dennis Barnes Elected as State Bar President

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC, is pleased to announce that its member, Dennis M. Barnes, will be sworn in as the 85th President of the State Bar of Michigan on Thursday September 26, 2019.   Bridget McCormack, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, will be administering the oath of office at the State Bar’s Inaugural & Awards Luncheon, to be held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  Additional details are at
“I am honored to serve the State Bar of Michigan in any capacity, given its important work, and I am humbled at the opportunity to serve as its President,” said Mr. Barnes. “I look forward to working with my fellow officers, the Board of Commissioners, and the Representative Assembly, along with our members, as we serve the people of the State of Michigan by promoting the professionalism of lawyers; advocating for an open, fair, and accessible justice system; and helping equip Michigan’s lawyers to best serve their clients.”

The State Bar of Michigan was established in 1935, and its members include all persons who are licensed to practice law in the State of Michigan. To learn more, please visit
Mr. Barnes is a commercial litigation trial attorney.  He has substantial experience, both as a litigator and as a mediator, in matters involving a wide variety of business tort and contract cases, including disputes involving intellectual property, trade secrets, non-competition agreements, insurance law (both coverage disputes and statutory obligations), and professional liability claims.  Mr. Barnes has been recognized for his litigation acumen in Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, dBusiness, and others.  
Mr. Barnes has an record of active service both to the legal community and to the community at large, having served as President of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, and in various leadership capacities for numerous other bar, civic, and charitable organizations.  To learn more, please visit
Mr. Barnes received a B.A. from Hillsdale College and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School.