Edward D. Barnes - Barnes & Diehl, P.C.

Edward D. Barnes

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995

Edward D. Barnes is Founder & President of Barnes & Diehl, P.C., the largest Firm in Virginia devoted to Family Law. In 2008, he received the Virginia State Bar Family Law Section, Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Chicago). He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been Virginia Legal Elite list published by Virginia Business Magazine. Richmond Business Magazine named him "Top Family Lawyer in the City of Richmond and the Region" in 2001.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Wills, Trusts & Estates

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1972
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1972
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974


  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • Law Review: University of Richmond Law Review
  • East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
    • B.A. - 1966
    • Honors: Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities
  • Army Corps of Engineers Officer Candidate School, Fort Belvoir - 1967
    • Honors: Leadership, Academic and Honor Graduate

Published Works

  • Barnes, The Spousal Support Case Every Family Law Practitioner Should Know: Is Gamble Dead?, Virginia Bar Association News Journal (Vol. 35, No.4), Winter, 2009
  • Nemo Tenetur Seipsum Accusare, Comments on the Fifth Amendment and its Use in Family Law Cases, Virginia Lawyer, February, 2002
  • Negotiating and Drafting Divorce Agreements, Virginia CLE, 2000
  • Figuring Good Time - The Post Conviction Process, 16 Univ. Rich. Law Review 505, 1982
  • Goldfarb: The End of Self-Regulation?, Virginia Bar Association Journal, October, 1975
  • Cruel and Unusual Punishment - Constitutionality of the Death Penalty, 5 Univ. Rich. Law Rev. 392, 1971
  • Civil Rights - Arrest Record as Basis for Job Denial Held Discriminatory - Gregory v. Litton Systems, Univ.Rich. L. Rev.
  • Divorce Agreements: Federal laws can thwart intent, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, December 4, 2000
  • Comments on the Fifth Amendment and Its Use in Family Law, Virginia Lawyer, February, 2002
  • Overcooked Boilerplate and Other Morsels - "Practice Tips and Traps"
  • Use and Abuse of Expert Testimony in Custody and Visitation
  • Associate Editor, Virginia Bar Association Journal, 1975

Representative Cases

East Carolina UniversityBA 1966University of RichmondJ.D. 1972

Office Location

Boulders VI
7401 Beaufont Springs Drive, Suite 200
Chesterfield, VA 23225
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law of the Richmond Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Family Law of the Richmond Metro Area
Edward D. Barnes has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Edward D. Barnes has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Family Law (Adoption, Alimony, Child Custody, Divorce, Elder, Equitable Division, Financial and Estate Planning, Litigation, Marital Settlement Agreements, Prenuptial Agreements)

Other Information

Gender: Male