Scott C. Barnes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Florida State University, graduating summa cum laude at the top of his class. Scott then attended the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, where he earned his law degree, graduating magna cum laude and in the top seven percent of his class.
Upon graduation, Scott C. Barnes passed the Florida Bar Exam, earning one of the highest scores on the state exam. As a result, the Florida Supreme Court selected Scott to speak on behalf of the new inductees at the First District Attorney Induction Ceremony presided over by the Florida Supreme Court.
In 2007, Scott C. Barnes joined Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor in Pensacola as an attorney. He focused his practice on complex injury litigation including medical malpractice, national pharmaceutical litigation, and catastrophic injury cases. His work involved trial preparation and trials involving multi-million dollar injuries and verdicts. While at Levin, Papantonio, Scott also headed the firm’s mesothelioma department, representing the victims of asbestos exposure in complex, multi-faceted litigation.
In 2012, Scott C. Barnes co-founded Ward & Barnes, P.A., Attorneys at Law, with his good friend and business partner, Austin Ward. Scott and Austin have centered their law firm on the principles of client understanding and compassion, exceptional client communication, and aggressive representation. Scott has represented hundreds of clients at Ward & Barnes in numerous types of cases ranging from simple accident cases to extremely complex medical malpractice and wrongful death claims. He has secured tens of millions of dollars in settlement funds and jury verdict awards for his clients at Ward & Barnes. Scott continues to focus on personal injury claims, motor vehicle accident claims, medical malpractice claims, wrongful death claims, permanent and catastrophic injury claims, and mesothelioma/asb