AS A TOP RATED BUSINESS LAW FIRM WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND CLIENTS THROUGHOUT NORTH CAROLINA, WE ARE SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS THAT APPLY DEEP BUSINESS AND LEGAL EXPERTISE TO THE NEEDS OF OUR CLIENTS
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The Barnes Law Firm PLLC
Serving All of North Carolina
We have Clients across many industries, and in many stages of growth. Our clients come to us as they are launching their business, or at a stage where they are seeking the expertise that we can deliver in helping them aggressively grow.
COMPANIES TRUST THE BARNES LAW FIRM FOR THEIR ONGOING CORPORATE AND BUSINESS NEEDS
“Honest with so much integrity!”
“There are lawyers and then there is Houston. This man absolutely sits in a league of his own…”
“I would highly recommend the Barnes Law Firm.”
“lucky to have him part of my team, making the complicated simple, and the simple exceptional…”
“I strongly recommend him!”
“The fees for the services provided by Houston are well worth it, and there are never any billing surprises”
- Business & Corporate Law 90%
- Mergers & Aquisitions 80%
- Franchise Law 82%
- Licensing and Parnering 70%
- Formation and Startups 85%
- Government Relations 65%
How we Serve our Clients
Once your business is past the start-up phase, there is a lot to deal with in the lifecycle of a company. Whether you are looking to expand your business, franchise your model, maintain your position in the market, or begin to look towards what the business may look like without you, The Barnes Law Firm offers a wide range of services for companies of all stages and sizes
Our approach is different than other franchise lawyers, and has proven to be a great asset to franchisors and franchisees alike. We have developed an understanding of both sides of the franchising equation.
When starting a business, one of the most important things you can do is to protect your ideas, your business, and the best interests of all the companies founders involved. The Barnes Law Firm has worked with many individuals and businesses in helping them decide what entity is right for them; whether it be a Limited Liability Company LLC, Corporation, C-Corp, S-Corp, or other structure. Once we work together to decide the best path forward, we can help put in all the legal formalities and structure to help assure the long-term success of the corporation and business.
The future of your companies success can sometimes depend on decisions made by leaders in Washington D.C., and in the legislature in Raleigh. A business must be able to access the right people and use the access wisely. We go beyond the traditional role of a lawyer to combine personal relationships and experience to produce results for our business clients. We can assist in formulating strategy, drafting legislation, appearing before legislative committees and intervening directly with legislative officials in Raleigh or Washington D.C.
The Barnes Law Firm works with companies in Raleigh, Durham, and throughout North Carolina in need of raising capital. Many of our clients come to us as they are searching for an experienced Securities and fundraising lawyer. Often times businesses offer debt (often times referred to as a convertible note) or equity securities (this can be through common stock or a Series A round) for sale as a way to raise capital. Doing so requires the navigation of complex federal and state securities regulations – typically via a private placement.
Founder of the Barnes Law Firm
A Recognized Leader in North Carolina Legal & Business Communities, Houston has 10 Years of Established Relationships Within NC and Federal Government; In-House and Outside Counsel to Various Corporations at all stages of Growth, and Extensive Service on Community, Non-Profit, and Corporate Boards
J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law
B.B.A., cum laude, honors in business, Southern Methodist University
LATEST CLIENT + FIRM NEWS
Raleigh N.C. - The Barnes Law Firm has served as the Business Lawyer for many restaurants and Breweries. Today WRAL and the Raleigh News and Observer is announcing that one of those clients is expanding, Brew n Que, serving craft beer and bbq, and a new restaurant...read more
8/27/2016: Statesville Record&Landmark – Carolina Malt House to serve important role in beer-making process
Statesville N.C. - The Statesville Record & Landmark has featured one of Barnes Law Firms clients who is starting a new Brewery and Malting Business in North Carolina. "If you travel Highway 70 east of Statesville just across the Rowan County line, you may have...read more
Raleigh N.C. - The Barnes Law Firm serves as counsel and has helped bring a rapidly growing franchise to Raleigh. As first reported by WRAL, European gelato cafe Amorino is coming to downtown Raleigh - more specifically to the street level of the Edison Lofts at 109...read more