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Edward William 'Ned' Barnett

The Law Offices of Ned Barnett
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Edward William 'Ned' Barnett
The Law Offices of Ned Barnett

Ned Barnett is a skilled Houston sexual assault lawyer with nearly 30 years of practical legal experience in the Houston area that includes trying criminal cases as a state and federal prosecutor, as well as more than 20 years as a defense lawyer.

Barnett is dedicated to challenging the government's power over individuals and defending the constitutional rights of people accused of crimes. He believes that each person's rights under the Constitution - their rights to an attorney, to a fair trial, and to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures - are precious and worth fighting for when the government attempts to strip those rights from an accused.

Barnett is a native of Houston who followed his father, grandfathers, and great-grandfather into legal practice when he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming a criminal defense attorney. After earning his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1987, he sharpened his trial skills as a prosecutor in Galveston County and with the U.S. Attorney's office in Houston before taking on the mantle of criminal defense.

As an assistant district attorney in Galveston, Barnett prosecuted countless DWI cases, as well as serious felonies including rape, robbery, and murder. During his time as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's office, he focused on large drug prosecutions and gained a valuable perspective on how the government pursues cases involving international narcotics trafficking.

Since opening his own practice in 1994, he has represented countless people charged with criminal offenses in the greater Houston area. Regardless of the offense, whether it's a misdemeanor DWI or a felony sex crime, Barnett understands how devastating and disruptive a criminal charge can be for the person accused.

Barnett fights to obtain the best possible result for each person he defends, with the goal of helping defendants to move on with their lives and leave the stress and uncertainty of a criminal charge behind them. He brings a blend of compassion, discretion, superior ethics, and sharp trial skills to each case, as well as a commitment to providing personal, one-on-one service and communication.

Areas of Practice:

  • Criminal Law
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Criminal Defense
  • State and Federal Criminal Law
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Sex Crimes
  • Drugs & Narcotics
  • Post Conviction Proceedings
  • Expunctions

Litigation Percentage:

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Criminal Law Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions:

Texas, 1987

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court


University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1987, Juris Doctor

University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1984, B.B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association


State Bar College


National College for DUI Defense

Founding Member

Past Employment Positions:

United States Attorney's Office (Houston, Texas), Assistant United States Attorney, 1991 - 1994

Galveston County Criminal District Attorney's Office, Assistant District Attorney, 1988 - 1991

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