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Harris H. “Trip” Barnes

Barnes, McGee & Associates, P.A.

Hard work is no stranger to Trip Barnes, who started pushing a lawnmower at Connell and Company Plantation in Sherard at the tender age of seven when he could barely reach the handle.  At age nine his father elevated him to a self-propelled mower. By age 12 he was checking cotton fields for insects and by age 19 had his own field inspection business that provided money for college, law school and tuition for his younger brother.

As the CEO of Barnes, McGee and Associates of Flowood, he is still working hard after 37 years in the legal profession.

“My raising was such that no matter the time, circumstances or how you felt, if the job is to be done, you should do it now, and you should do it as well as possible,” he said. “I have endeavored to do that, and I have built my practice around this discipline.”

A graduate of Mississippi State University, the University of Mississippi School of Law and the University of Florida where he earned a master’s degree in taxation, Barnes is AV and prestigious rated by Martindale Hubbell, a distinction available to only five percent of the attorneys in the country. He is a member of numerous Who’s Who listings and is approved as a representative by the National Football League Players Association. He has conducted more than 300 seminars for professional, academic and civic groups on taxation, business and estate planning.

Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners, has known Barnes for 40 years and describes him as one of the most genuine, committed, honest and straightforward people he knows. “His business acumen is without equal, and he has used his skills for many years providing business legal advice, shaping hundreds of lives and steering them appropriately,” Allen said.

Barnes was chairman of the Professional Committee of The Mississippi State Bar when the Lawyer’s Creed, Code of Professional responsibility and the requirement for one hour of training in professionalism were created.

Barnes takes great pride in mentoring younger lawyers.

“As an older attorney, I try to encourage young lawyers to maintain their professionalism and personal ethics,” he said, “and I encourage other attorneys to not resort to some of the tactics used by the modern lawyer.”

He has tried more than 40 cases in the United States Tax Court with three achieving national prominence and publicity.

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More on Harris H. “Trip” Barnes:

Age: 64

Birthplace: Clarksdale

Family: Wife, Sandra; children, Elizabeth, Blair, Bryan, Patrick

Top three passions: Family, church, work

Career goal: To be respected by those for whom I did work and by my peers

Personality trait that best serves in job: Discipline

Role model: My parents, Harris H. and Jamye Barnes

What drives you to succeed: I never wanted to fail at anything.

Fantasy job: The one I’ve got.

One word that describes you: Honorable

First job: Mowing lawns at age seven

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