For the past 30 years, Douglas Barnes litigated more cases from the appellate level as defense counsel than likely any attorney in Colorado. In July he joined Tiftickjian Law Firm in an of counsel role, after finishing his career with the Colorado Public Defender’s Office in its appellate unit. Barnes’ focus is now drunk driving defense, and he is a key addition to the Denver DUI defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm.
Barnes wrote over 500 felony appeals, and is attorney of record on over 100 published cases in Colorado. This may very well be the most for any living attorney in the state. He has litigated homicides, sex assaults, and a number of violent felony offenses. In addition, Barnes trained a number of appellate attorneys, including two lawyers who are now judges on the Colorado Court of Appeals. In addition, Barnes was the legal advisor for many public defender offices including Adams County, El Paso County, Denver County, and Weld County.
Barnes was recognized for his service to the public defender’s office in 1985 and was nominated for both the David F. Vela Award and the Terri Brake Award.