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Michael C. Barnes, JD  

Partner at DBCA Law & Policy, Chairman of the Center for U.S. Policy

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 in health care and drug policy.

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

Mr. Barnes regularly provides legal, political, and issue analysis for national news networks, including FOX News, FOX Business, CNBC, CNN, and HLN. 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.

Speech Topics


Change Needed Stat: How We Are Failing Opioid Overdose Survivors and What We Can Do Better

The Affordable Care Act: Not the Best, But What Is Better?

Really, Really Great or Huuge Failure? Grading the Trump Administration’s Response to the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Opioid Litigation: There Are Two Sides to Every Story

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