Atty. Donald M. Barnes ’61

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Wall of Fame Class of 2017

Atty. Donald M. Barnes ’61 is a senior partner in the Washington D.C. office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP and co-chair of the Antitrust Competition Law Practice Group.
His practice is concentrated in antitrust/trade regulation law, agricultural cooperative law, trade association representation and complex antitrust and commercial litigation. He has defended numerous antitrust claims, both criminal and civil, including major, multi-district litigation and class actions. He has represented clients in various industries, including: defense, entertainment, health care, agriculture, transportation, food and beverage, and high technology.

Over the past four decades, Atty. Barnes has developed particular experience in agricultural cooperative law with special emphasis on the applicability and reach of the Capper-Volstead antitrust exemption. He serves as Chair of the Antitrust Subcommittee of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Representative agriculture clients include: Sunkist Growers, Inc., Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc., Southeast Milk, Inc., American Mushroom Cooperative, Inc., and United Potato Growers of America.

Atty. Barnes is a member of the American Bar Association Antitrust, Litigation, and Criminal Justice sections and White Collar and Intellectual Property Crime subcommittees; District of Columbia Bar Association; and The Barristers. He has been admitted to the bar in the District of Columbia; the Supreme Court of the United States; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He has been named a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation each year from 2014-2017. He received his J.D. from George Washington University Law School Order of the Coif in 1970, where he graduated cum laude. He served as Notes Editor of The George Washington University Law Review, earned a Trustee Scholarship and was named Phi Delta Phi Graduate of the Year.

Atty. Barnes earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University in 1965. At MMI, he served as the 1961 Class President and delivered the Founder’s Day Address at Commencement at MMI in 1985.

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