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Jason T. Barnes is a Senior Director in the firm’s Business & Corporate section.

Throughout his more than two decades of corporate and financial transactional and regulatory experience, Jason has counseled domestic and foreign financial institutions, business development companies, private and public investment funds, investment managers, advisers and principals, and individuals in a wide variety of transactions including senior and subordinated debt and equity financing, common and preferred stock offerings, venture capital investments, fund formations, asset securitizations, and other alternative investments.  

Prior to joining the firm, Jason worked as a managing partner and principal member of the leadership team of a group of affiliated professional firms. Together, these firms collectively focused on representing domestic and global family offices and individuals interested in capital planning, alternative investments, and philanthropic pursuits. 

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (1997)


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1997
    • Dean's List 
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Fall 1995 Moot Court Competition Semi-Finalist 
  • Georgia Institute of Technology , B.S., 1994
    • Dean's Honor Roll 
    • Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society 
    • Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity 
    • Intra-Fraternity Council Financial Committee
    • Law Society 
    • Student Alumni Association 
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Corporate Law Section of the American Bar Association State Bar of Texas
  • Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas Dallas Bar Association
  • Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association
  • Member, Pro Bono College of The State Bar of Texas (2001-present)
  • Counsel and Board Member, The Chamberlain Foundation, Tyler, Texas
  • Counsel and Former Board Member, FRIENDS of Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy, Dallas, Texas (Dallas Independent School District magnet school)
  • Counsel and Former Board Member, Taylor’s Gift, Coppell, Texas
  • Counsel and Advisor, Nutmeg Animal Welfare, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Chairman, Finance and Funding Committee – City of Dallas Southern Sector Finance Task Force (Mayor Thomas Leppert)
  • Honoree – Texas Rising Star (Best Lawyers Under 40) by Texas Monthly, Super Lawyers Issue, July 2004 through July 2010
  • Graduate/Mayor’s Designated Candidate – Leadership Dallas (Class of 2012)
  • “Oil and Gas Liens & Foreclosures - A Multi-State Perspective,” Oklahoma Law Review, Volume 51, Summer 1998
  • “Mezzanine Resurfaces in A Tight Credit Environment,” Financier Worldwide, May 2008
  • “Recent Developments in the Commercial Finance Industry,” Spring 2004 
  • “Unique Fund Structures: Business Development Companies and SBICs,” Spring 2005 
  • “Hedge Fund Regulation Primer,” Spring 2005 
  • “Fiduciaries or Fee-Based Advisors?: Why and How Investors Must Analyze Fund Investments” Spring 2006 
  • “Lessons from the Subprime Crisis: A Wakeup Call for Institutional Investors,” Spring 2008
  • “Subordinated Debt and Equity Kickers: The What, Why and How,” Spring 2008
  • “Subordinated Debt: The Bundle of Equity Rights,” Fall 2008 
  • “SBIC Who? Small Business and the Opportunity for Private Equity,” Spring 2009 
  • “Insurance Premium Financing: A new financial gadget creates opportunity for lenders, individuals and investors,” Summer 2009 
  • “Foreign Direct Investment: The EB-5 Program and Access to Non-U.S. Capital Markets,” Fall 2010
  • “The State of Alternative Investments: Safely Accessing a Matrix of Opportunity and Risk” Summer 2011
  • “Dodd Frank: Registration Required” Spring 2012
  • “Private Equity 101: Structure and Economics” Fall 2012 
  • “Keeping Compliant: SEC, FINRA and Hedge Funds” Spring 2014 
  • “Tiger 21: Evaluating Alternative Investments”
  • “Leveraging Insurance-Linked Private Investment: The PPLI Model” Summer 2017 
  • “Asset Protection Primer: Texas and Beyond” Winter 2017 
  • “U.S.-China Chamber: Investing in the U.S. Alternatives Market” Spring 2018