Charlie is a trial attorney. He has successfully tried cases in the Federal and State courts of Ohio. His practice focuses on civil and probate litigation. He has argued before the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. By invitation, he became a member of The College of Master Advocates & Barristers. His Martindale-Hubbell rating is “A”, and he is listed in The “Who’s Who” in American Law.
Charlie attended Union College in Kentucky and graduated from Morehead State University with both Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Education. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Akron, and Master of Laws (LLM) from the National Law Center, The George Washington University, Washington D.C. He passed the Ohio Bar exam in 1969 having the second highest grade.
He is a member of the Wayne County Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association.
Charlie was raised on a farm in southwestern Ohio. Before he became a lawyer, he worked in the banking industry and was a teacher. Charlie has practiced law in Wooster since 1971. Previously he was with the Office of General Counsel, Foreign Agriculture and Special Programs Division, United States Department of Agriculture, in Washington, D.C.
After graduation from The College of Wooster in 1989, Dave gained trial experience immediately as a clerk for Wayne County Common Pleas Court. After Dave received his Juris Doctorate from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in the spring of 1992, he was admitted to the practice of law in the fall and began his career with the Firm.
Over the course of his career, Dave has refined his practice to focus on the areas of Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Criminal Defense, including Felony, Misdemeanor and DUI cases. He has successfully handled hundreds of criminal cases in courts across the state, from the municipal level to the Supreme Court of Ohio. He has also successfully handled a number of Federal cases in the United States District Courts, including defending Title IX cases brought by colleges. Dave has also appeared and argued before the Ohio Supreme Court.
Dave is a member of the Wayne County, Ohio State, and Federal Bar Associations, Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Ohio Association for Justice. Dave spent eight years as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Akron School of Law, and has been an Acting Judge in the Wayne County Municipal Court since 2008. Most recently, Dave was recognized as one of Ohio’s Ten Best Criminal Defense Attorneys for client satisfaction in 2017 by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.
Outside of his practice, Dave remains active with his alma mater. Dave has served on the Board of Directors for The College of Wooster “W” Association since 2001 (Serving as President from 2006 -2018), and has served as the Public Address Announcer for The College of Wooster’s football and basketball programs since 1995.
Bryan is a lifelong resident of Wooster and a third generation local attorney. After his graduation from Wooster High School in 1993, he attended Ashland University where he obtained a B.S.B.A in Finance in 1997. He worked for a time in the private banking sector, and then enrolled in the Claude W. Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. He graduated with his Juris Doctor and was admitted to the practice of law in 2003. After law school he worked with his father, Ken Barnard, for a number of years. He later accepted a position with the Wayne County Public Defender’s Office where he gained extensive trial experience.
Bryan started with Kennedy, Cicconetti & Knowlton in 2011 and was named a shareholder in 2014. He is a member of the Wayne County, Ohio State, Federal Bar Associations, The Ohio Association for Justice and the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Most recently, Bryan was honored by membership in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Bryan’s practice includes civil litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, criminal defense, and estate planning and administration. Bryan enjoys spending his spare time with his wife and two young children, camping, and being outdoors.
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