Michael C. Barnes, JD, Chairman

Michael C. Barnes is Chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy, a not-for-profit organization advancing solutions to the nation’s substance abuse, mental health, and incarceration crises. He is also Managing Partner and Founder of DCBA Law & Policy, a law firm recognized nationally for its work on health care access, opioid and other controlled medications, addiction treatment, and pain management.

Mr. Barnes is a leading advocate for individual rights and innovative responses to some of the top policy issues in the U.S., including the opioid, heroin, and fentanyl crisis; health care; justice reform; and privacy. He regularly provides legal, political, and issue analysis for national news networks, including FOX News, FOX Business, CNBC, CNN, and HLN.

In addition to establishing DCBA Law & Policy, Mr. Barnes co-created and successfully exited a global health care and policy consulting firm and a private residential substance abuse treatment program. He previously co-founded a not-for-profit that provided early leadership to address the U.S. drug abuse, addiction, and overdose crisis.

Mr. Barnes 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. He is a past board member of Pediatric Care and the American Academy of Pain Medicine Foundation.

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. Prior to entering the legal profession, Mr. Barnes worked on political and issue campaigns, and was an editor at a digital national political news organization.

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.