John P. Barnes is a third-generation resident of the City of West University Place, residing since 2003 on the property purchased in 1941 by his grandparents, Marvin and Josephine Allen. During the forty-seven years in which John has been affiliated with West U, initially as a frequent visitor to his grandparents and then as a resident himself, John has seen West U grow from the sleepy bedroom community in the shadow of Rice University of the 1970's to the vibrant Neighborhood City of lovely homes and lush green-scape that it now is.
A graduate of both Vanderbilt University and South Texas College of Law, John has practiced law in the Houston area for more than 20 years, serving a diverse array of clients, both local, national and international, in the real estate, construction, financial, energy, retail and non-profit industries. John's clients have sought his counsel on matters ranging from land use and boundary disputes to real estate developments valued in excess of $500 million, as well as employment, lending, regulatory compliance and corporate governance issues. A litigator as well, John has practiced before district courts throughout Texas, as well as the Texas Courts of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. John is currently the managing member of the J. P. Barnes Law Firm, PLLC, which offices in the West U area.
John has a long-standing commitment to community service, having volunteered with the DePelchin Children's Center's Holiday Project, the Houston Bar Association's LegalLine, the Souper Bowl of Caring and Habitat for Humanity. A Fellow of Class XXXI of Leadership Houston, John currently serves on Leadership Houston's Board of Directors as its Secretary, having previously served one year as its outside counsel and two years in the role of Treasurer. John is also an active member of the Rotary Club of West U, where he is the Treasurer-elect and he also serves on both the membership and flag committees. John and his wife, Susan, are members of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
A guitar player and avid book and comic book collector, John can also frequently be found in the garden, tending to trees, shrubs and flowers against both the drenching rains of the Houston spring and the scorching heat of the Texas summer. As with that garden, John looks forward to working with his colleagues on the City Council to make the City of West University Place continue to grow and prosper throughout the years and challenges to come.