Roderick R. Barnes
Roderick R. Barnes
Roderick R. Barnes Biography


Mr. Barnes joined Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, L.L.C. on January 1, 2015 after practicing civil litigation in Maryland for 25 years. Mr. Barnes has handled a wide variety of litigation matters including substantial construction delay claims, construction defect claims, mechanic lien claims and claims of violations of the Maryland Construction Trust Fund statutes. Mr. Barnes prosecuted and defended substantial business fraud cases, breach of contract cases, product liability cases resulting in catastrophic injury, product liability cases involving defective construction products, and breach of fiduciary duty actions against former CEO’s of publicly-traded companies. Mr. Barnes also represented clients in substantial matters pending in diverse locations such as United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, United States District Court for the District of Indiana, United States District Court for the Federal District, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, and in all state and federal Courts in the State of Maryland.

Upon graduation from law school with honors, Mr. Barnes served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable John J. Bishop in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. He worked on numerous local, state and national political campaigns, both in volunteer and appointed positions. Mr. Barnes is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hunting, and kayaking. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Grace United Methodist Church and is currently serving on the staff, pastoral relations committee at his church. Mr. Barnes resides in Ruxton, Maryland with his wife Becky and their four children.

Roderick R. Barnes Education


Law School

University of Baltimore, School of Law, J.D. cum laude 1989


State University of New York, College at Geneseo, B.A. (Political Science) 1986)

Roderick R. Barnes Education


  • Products Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • General Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
Roderick R. Barnes Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Affiliations

American Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
J. Dudley Diggs American Inn of Court
Maryland Super Lawyers, 2018

Roderick R. Barnes Court Admissions

Court Admissions

Maryland, 1989
United States District Court for the District of Maryland, 1997
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2006

Roderick R. Barnes Publications & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Speaking Engagements

Author, Structure Non-Competes to Stay Out of a Courtroom, Baltimore Business Journal, April 30, 2007