Local Attorney Experiences Growth in Recovering Economy

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Submitted by Brockwell Bone

Local attorney Walton “Ti” Barnes, II, hired a new attorney, Rahim Smith, in the first quarter of the year. They moved the practice to a new location at 12628 Hooper Road Suite A, next door to the older, smaller Shaffett house to accommodate their expansion.
Barnes began practicing law at his father’s law office after passing the Louisiana bar. He served as the Zachary city attorney until 2003. Since then, Barnes returned to his hometown of Central, where he graduated from Central High School.

Barnes expresses a strong heart for Central and participates in local organizations such as the City of Central Chamber of Commerce, the Republican Women of Central (Auxiliary Member), and Cooking in Central. He also serves on the Family Law Council for the State Bar Family Law Section; participates as a speaker and faculty member for seminars; and enjoys his membership in a group of lawyers and law professors known as “Ya Ya”, where legal concepts and development are discussed and considered.

Rahim Smith worked as an intern for Turner Sports, working his way up to an Emmy Award winning producer, participating in projects such as: Summer Goodwill Games in 1998 (New York City), the Winter Olympics 1998 (Nagano, Japan), Inside the NBA 1998 through 2007 as a "tease" and "feature" producer. In 2010, he obtained his Juris Doctrate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  And was sworn into the Louisiana Bar in October, 2010.

To date, Barnes’ firm practices family law, business law, and personal injury; with Smith’s background in sports entertainment a new area of law has opened for the practice. Recently, Smith has made contact with several sources in the burgeoning film industry in Baton Rouge who have expressed high interest for representation by the firm.

For more information about attorney Walton Barnes, II, please visit, or call 262-2212.

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