Stephen N. Barnes, Jr.

Stephen - Founder and Lead Attorney

Stephen - Founder and Lead Attorney

Education & Accomplishments

University of Georgia School of Law, Juris Doctorate 

  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1998

  • Vice President of Christian Legal Society, 1996-97

  • Member, Federalist Society

  • Student Member, American Bar Association

  • Mock Trial

Vanderbilt University, Bachelor's Degree 

  • 1994, Cum Laude, Honors in History

  • History Department Honors in Southern American History

  • Founding Member, Project Dialogue

  • Member, Dean's List

  • Urban Ministries Development at Vanderbilt

Stephen is the owner and founder of the firm.  After graduating with honors from Vanderbilt University in 1994, Stephen worked with the Mississippi Center for Public Policy in Jackson, Mississippi as a Research Director, assisting legislators with research on a variety of issues affecting the families of Mississippi. This work, along with a passion for knowing the source of Law (capital "L"), spurred Stephen to consider law school seriously. 

He attended the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, Georgia, and graduated in 1998. After graduating, he married his lovely wife Christian and they moved to Macon, Georgia where Stephen practiced at two larger firms in the areas of business and corporate law.  In March of 2003, Stephen began this firm, with the desire to service businesses and families in a way unsurpassed in integrity and professionalism.


Direct Dial: 478.292.7767


  • Certification to practice law in the state of Georgia. License current.

  • Member, Health Lawyers Section of Georgia Bar

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

  • Member, Sports and Entertainment Section of Georgia Bar

  • Member, Federalist Society

  • Member, Business Law Section of Georgia Bar

  • Member, Atlanta Bar Association

  • Member, Macon Bar Association

Community & Speaking

  • Member, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises

  • Board Member, Caring Solutions, Inc. 2011-2014

  • Member, Planned Giving Committee for the MedCen Foundation - 2012-2014

  • Former Member, Executive Committee of the Macon Bar Association; Media Coordinator - 2003-2005

  • Founding President, Macon Young Lawyers Division, 2004-2005

  • Board Member, Covenant Academy, Macon, Georgia, 2005-2006

Stephen and Christian, and their children, Emily, Owen, Anderson, and Palmer, live in historic Macon, Georgia, with their Dachshund Bauer and DachTzu Honey. 

Bryan N. Baird

Bryan N. Baird

Bryan N. Baird

Bryan graduated with honors from Mississippi State University in 1992 and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Psychology from Mississippi State University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Georgia in 2003. After teaching in the Philosophy Department at the University of Georgia for eight years, Bryan sought to put the sharp analytical skills and keen sense of detail he acquired through years of practice to work in the field of law.

Bryan assists with and oversees trademark applications, contract negotiation, mergers, and other business matters for our clients. He develops research memoranda for complex issues and supports the team in corporate formation and development. 

In 2011, Bryan attended the Georgia State University College of Law and graduated in 2014. His wife Kathryn, and their four boys, Miller, Andrew, Matthew, and Luke, live in Atlanta.


Direct Dial: 770.631.5919



Georgia State University College of Law, Juris Doctorate

Member, Christian Legal Society

Student Member, American Bar Association

Student Member, Georgia Bar Association

Student Member, Atlanta Bar Association

Law Review, Student Writing Associate Editor

University of Georgia, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Assistant, Department of Philosophy

Mississippi State University, Master’s Degree

Graduate Assistant, Department of Psychology

Psi Chi Honor Fraternity

Psychology Scholar Award

Mississippi State University, Bachelor’s Degree

Cum Laude, Dual Major in Psychology and Philosophy

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity


Leadership, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Athens, Georgia

Benevolence Coordinator, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Athens, Georgia

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours.
— C.S. Lewis

Conor McCullough

Conor McCullough -- Associate Attorney

Conor McCullough -- Associate Attorney

Conor received his B.A. from the University of Georgia in 2003 and his law degree from the Saint Louis University School of Law in 2012.  During law school, he was a member of the Saint Louis University Law Journal and a finalist for the David C. Grant Clinic Student Award (recognizing outstanding clinical advocacy).  After law school, Conor worked for a labor and employment law firm in St. Louis where his practice centered on complex collective action litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He returned to Athens and opened McCullough Legal in late 2014. He joined the Barnes+Law team in June of 2018.

Conor's past or present associations include the Georgia Bar Association; Western Judicial Circuit (Georgia) Bar Association; American Bar Association; the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (St. Louis); and Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.  Conor is also a member of the State Bar of Georgia’s Bar Entertainment & Sports and Intellectual Property sections.


Direct Dial: 706.438.6126

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.
— C. S. Lewis

Melinda McGinness - Paralegal

Melinda - Legal Assistant

Melinda - Legal Assistant

Since 2010, Melinda has been responsible for client and office coordination, communication, and process management. She is a junior paralegal and legal assistant, coordinating estate planning, corporate formation and other needs for our clients.

Melinda is responsible to ensure seamless coordination with clients in our business support group. For clients on our retainer program, Melinda helps organize all corporate and business matters.

When you call our firm, Melinda will likely be the first person you speak with. She makes sure all information in the firm is organized. She is the primary liaison with new clients and vendors, and her involvement means the job is getting done.

Melinda's experience and organizational skills help to further the priorities of our clients in a way that helps our clients accomplish their goals.


Direct Dial: 478.292.7751

Collaborative Services

You’d never believe how often legal questions arise while I’m working on a client’s accounting and tax matters. Being able simply to walk across the hall to get expert legal advice without having to go through the rigors of phone tag and email is incredibly easy and just adds so much value for our clients.
— Steven C. Brewer, CPA
The Brewer CPA Firm

The Brewer CPA Firm

Our firm has collaborated with an accounting firm for mutual clients -- providing tax preparation & planning, bookkeeping services, and consulting services for affluent family clients and for businesses experiencing rapid growth. Though we work with many different CPA firms, the Brewer Firm has provided an excellent resource to our mutual clients and also a way to assist business owners in sales or purchases of assets in a manner that protects attorney / client privilege.

We offer a Multi-Disciplinary package for clients that need both accounting / bookkeeping and legal services in a way that fits the budget of a growing business. Our one-stop services benefit clients in the following areas:

Company Formation

Company Evaluation

Mergers & Acquisitions


Call us today to discuss a customized solution for your business!

Stephen and I have worked in tandem on corporate and business matters for over 10 years now. He is a long time personal friend and excellent lawyer. His firm is headquartered in Macon but has clients all over Georgia and beyond. I’ve referred him to many of my best corporate clients on issues I don’t handle, and all have appreciated his work.

While I spend my time working on matters with things ‘hit the fan,’ and strategizing through complex litigation matters; Stephen is there to help a company reduce the risk of litigation as much as possible.
— Blaine A. Norris, Esq. -- Trial Lawyer
Blaine A. Norris, Esq.

Blaine A. Norris, Esq.

When your company or business experiences a real snafu -- requiring difficult litigation -- Blaine Norris at Norris Injury Law is our go-to guy. He is a brilliant bulldog trial lawyer with a knack for making the other side tremble in and out of a courtroom setting. His quick wit and brilliant strategies have assisted numerous clients in quelling a potential litigation or facing a plaintiff in a court battle. If you have pending litigation or potential litigation, Blaine works with Barnes+Law™ to calm the storm. Our firms work together on the following types of matters:

Personal Injury Matters

Business Litigation

Partnership Disputes

Mediation / Arbitration