Michael C. Barnes, Esq.,


Michael C. Barnes is Chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy, a not-for-profit organization advancing solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing challenges, including opioid and other substance misuse.  He is also Principal Attorney at Sequel Legal, where he practices health and drug law and policy.

Mr. Barnes previously founded and managed DCBA Law & Policy, a law firm recognized nationally for its work in health care and drug policy. He co-created and successfully exited an international health care and policy consulting firm and a private residential substance use disorder treatment program.

Mr. Barnes has provided legal, political, and issue analysis for national news networks, including CNBC, CNN, and MSNBC.  He has been a member of the advisory board for the Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit since 2011, the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Drug Enforcement Committee since 2014, and the editorial board for the Journal of Opioid Management since 2015.

Mr. Barnes was a political appointee under President George W. Bush, having served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Mr. Barnes obtained his Juris Doctor degree from George Mason University School of Law. He earned a master’s degree in international economic policy from La Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Flagler College.