Harris “Trip” H. Barnes, III



  • Clarksdale Public Schools, Clarksdale, MS, (Graduated 1964)

  • Bachelor's of Arts (B.A.). Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS (1968)

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.). University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, MS (1972)

  • Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (1980)


  • Martindale-Hubbell® Preeminent AV™ Peer Review Rated - this is a significant rating accomplishment, and a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. This honor is available to only 5% percent of the attorneys in the United States. Mr. Barnes has held this rating for 35 consecutive years.

  • Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers® (as per The Mississippi Business Journal) – 2011, 2014, 2015.

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (available only to 5% of the attorneys in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi)

  • Memphis Magazine Top Attorneys in the Mid-South for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

  • Mississippi Bar Foundation

  • Member of the Lamar Order, The University of Mississippi School pf Law.

  • In an effort to serve his clients easier and faster, Trip obtained a pilot's license and an instrument rating and now flies throughout the Southeast to visit clients, and enjoy a few rounds of golf along the way.


Wills, trusts, and estate planning, personal and corporate financial planning; asset protection,

mergers, acquisitions and sales of businesses; and civil and criminal tax controversy, including

trials. Practice limited to matters of taxation since 1980.


  • Handled approximately 200 cases, and tried 40 cases, in the United States Tax Court.

  • Has had 3 cases that have achieved national prominence:

  • Planned hundreds of estates, and prepared and assisted in preparing or litigated over 30 estate tax returns.

  • Conducted over 300 seminars for professional, academic, and civic groups on taxation, business and estate planning.


  • Member of Mississippi State Bar Association

  • Admitted to practice before the State Courts of Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee, U. S. District Courts, U. S. Tax Court, and U. S. Supreme Court

  • Member, past President (1999-2000) of the Capital Area Bar Association (serving approximately 2,000 attorneys)

  • Past President of the Mississippi Tax Institute, Inc.

  • Past Chairman of the Taxation Section of the Mississippi State Bar Association. Past Chairman of the Specialization Committee. Member of the Trusts and Estates and Business Law Sections.

  • Member of the Financial Planning Association

  • Approved as a representative by the National Football League Players Association


  • Financial Survival in the 80's: A Practical Guide to Planning for Investors, Attorneys, & CPAs. Alexander and Barnes. 156pp.

  • Financial Survival after Tax Reform.


Trip Barnes is not only an active attorney in the legal field, but he is also active in his community, his family, and the rest of the Magnolia State. He is the father of three and resides in Madison, Mississippi, with his wife, Sandra. He is also the proud grandparent to Hayes and Keaton.

He has held numerous leadership positions, such as, serving as the past Chairman-Elect and Secretary of the Board of Deacons, at First Presbyterian Church in Gulfport, Mississippi. He was the past Vice-President and former President-Elect of Gulfport Kiwanis Club; three-time Past Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army in Gulfport, Mississippi.

Trip also served as the Director and Past Vice-Chairman and twice Chairman of the Hinds County Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He was the past President and Secretary of the Harrison County MSU Alumni Association. He also served as the Director of the Hinds County MSU Alumni Association and President of the MSU Law Alumni association.

He was the Director of the Jackson Downtown Rotary Club (Sergeant at Arms 1998-1999) and Member of the North Jackson Rotary Club. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Trip also served as past Chairman of the Sustaining Membership Committee of Boy Scouts of America and obtained his Eagle Scout with two palms.

He was elected in 1979 Outstanding Young Man of America by the National Jaycees. Trip was also a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity.