Ronnivashti Whitehead Otieno

The Barnes Firm
633 W 5th St Ste 1750
Los Angeles, CA 90071

I have represented injured persons since my admission to practice law in California in 2006. I know that success in your case takes my commitment to seek justice for you. My goal is to make sure that each of my clients recovers the full, fair and complete compensation for the changes in their lives that resulted from the wrongful or negligent conduct of another.

I have seen the hurdles that are placed before people who are injured, lost wages, lost job opportunities, unpaid bills, medical expenses and a general loss of family life are only some of the obstacles injured persons face as they try to get their lives together. I am here to help you through that process and to be your legal advocate.

The Barnes Firm focuses only on Personal Injury Law. As a part of that team, I am honored to be surrounded by some of the finest Attorneys and support staff in Los Angeles and beyond. If we accept your case that means that we are willing and able to put in the time, resources and the effort to make your case the success it should be.


Juris Doctorate - Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
BA, Radio TV Marketing Management; Minor in Business - Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Plaintiffs Trial Academy

Bar Admissions

California Bar, 2006
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, 2007
Illinois Bar, 2003
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003


Senior Trial Attorney, The Barnes Firm, L.C. (2015-Present)
Principal Trial Attorney/Owner, Law Office of Ronni Whitehead (2010-2015)
Associate Attorney, Farrise Firm, LLP (2009-2010)
Associate Attorney, Greenberg & Rudman (2008-2009)
Associate Attorney, Willoughby & Associates (2006-2008)
Contract Attorney, Girardi Keese (2004-2006)


Southern California Super Lawyers (2019)
Southern California Super Lawyers (2016)
Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2015)
National Bar Association Top 40 Attorney Advocates Under 40 (2015)
Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Attorneys Association for Southern California - Advocate Magazine, (2014-2015)
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Presidential Award 2011
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, Presidential Award 2008

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Association of Justice
American Bar Association
Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Inc., Lifetime Member, (Vice President 2015/2016)
California Association of Black Lawyers, Lifetime Member
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (Board Member 2009-Present)
Consumer Attorneys of California (Board Member 2009-2010)
National Association of Professional Women
State Bar of California (Member of the Litigation Section)

Practice Area(s)

Car Accidents
Bicycle Accidents
Broken Bones and Fractures
Burn and Scar Injury Cases
Dog Bites
Motorcycle Accidents
Slip & Fall Injury Accident
Serious Injuries
Truck Accidents
Wrongful Death