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Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC, is pleased to announce that its member, Dennis M. Barnes, has been sworn in as the 85th president of the State Bar of Michigan.  Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget Mary McCormack presided at the ceremony, which took place on September 26 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.  The State Bar of Michigan was established in 1935 and has over 46,000 members.  

Barnes concentrates his practice on business litigation.  He has substantial experience in the litigation and trial of matters involving intellectual property disputes, insurance law (including coverage disputes and the statutory obligations of insurers), professional liability claims, antitrust claims, and a wide variety of business torts.  

Barnes is a past president of the Federal Bar Association’s Eastern District of Michigan chapter, a fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and a member of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society, the Oakland County Bar Association, the Incorporated Society of Irish American Lawyers, and the Shamrock Bar Association.  Barnes has been recognized for his litigation acumen by Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawyers, dBusiness, and others.  

Barnes has been involved in State Bar work for over a decade and has served on many of its committees and groups.  He has served on the SBM Board of Commissioners since 2010 and has served as treasurer, secretary, vice president, and president-elect. He has also served on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly.

A frequent speaker and published author, his bar admissions include the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits, and the United States District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the District of Colorado.

Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College and a law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.

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Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, founded in 1968, is one of Michigan’s leading law firms, specializing in complex litigation, real estate, business counseling, tax, and estate planning.  The firm’s lawyers are often recognized as leaders in their field and are called upon by other law firms that have their own legal issues.

Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker and its attorneys routinely receive honors in national publications.  For 2019, U.S. News/Best Lawyers ranked Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker nationally (Tier 3) for Commercial Litigation, Real Estate Litigation and Appellate Practice; regionally (Tier 1) for Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Ethics & Professional Responsibility Law, Antitrust Litigation, Construction Litigation, Labor & Employment Litigation, Real Estate Law and Litigation, Professional Malpractice Defense, Securities Litigation; and regionally (Tier 2) for Banking and Finance Law, Trusts & Estates Law, and Corporate Law.