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DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
While Oxendine and Barnes are North Carolina born-and-raised, each came to personal injury law from very di erent directions.
Oxendine was inspired to pursue a legal career at an early age by the local attorney in his hometown of Robbins, NC, Frank  igpen. Oxendine was a transactional lawyer from 2001 to late 2010, which is when his father died in an auto accident. He took a year o  from practicing law to cope with the tragedy but returned in 2012 as a liti- gator, launching his own  rm. “I em- pathize with my clients who have lost loved ones in an auto accident. I know what they are experiencing, and can explain I have been in the same boat,” said Oxendine.
A Raleigh-native, Barnes has been an avid golfer since an early age. His career path was to become a golf course architect. But a high school in-
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ternship with the Wake County DA’s o ce under Colon Willoughby redi- rected his plans. “I quickly fell in love with the law profession,” said Barnes.
A er graduating from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, AL, Barnes practiced as an insurance defense attorney. “I learned defense strategies and tactics and about the medicine behind inju- ries,” said Barnes. “But at the end of the day I wanted to help people and Ryan  nally made it happen when he convinced me to cross over to the Plainti  ’s side and join his  rm.”
NO COMPETITION
Partners during the week, but foes on the weekend as fervent golfers. Each deny there is any competition. Barnes has a lower handicap, but Oxendine boasted “I joined Raleigh Country Club recently, and now I’m fast behind his trail. I beat him for the
 rst time last week.”
“We just try to beat our sons,”
laughed Barnes who has two sons, Avery, 13, and Camden, 10. Oxen- dine has one son, Hayes, 12, and one daughter, Cate, 9. Avery and Hayes are budding golfers, and each carried their team (which consisted of them and their fathers) in a golf tourna- ment in Wilmington last week. “We  nished sixth out of 31 teams thanks to the boys,” said Oxendine.
GOOD COP/BAD COP
Oxendine and Barnes are two sides of the same coin. Fraternity brothers at UNC, they are similarly aligned in
philosophy and case management. Where Oxendine is low-key and speaks quietly and deliberately with a Basso profondo voice, Barnes is chip- per, gregarious, and personable.  ey are perfectly cast to play good cop/
bad cop.
“Sometimes I play the bad cop and
Jim plays the good cop.  e goal is to give the client clarity when an impor- tant decision needs to be made in a case,” said Oxendine.
“ e wheels of justice grind along very slowly but I tell my clients there is light at the end of the tunnel,” said Barnes. “ e process can be very dis- couraging in terms of how much they think their case is worth and how long it should take is counterintuitive to what they see on TV in an hour-long show.”
“We can’t make everybody happy, but we can do our best at trying to make a positive change in a bad situa- tion,” said Barnes. “We may not make much money on some cases but there is a value in making a di erence in somebody’s life that you can’t put a dollar  gure on.” Oxendine agrees and adds “No amount of money is go- ing to change your life a er an injury or bring someone back, but a lot of times we feel like we can give a client some closure.”
OXENDINE BARNES & ASSOCIATES PLLC
6500 Creedmore Rd. Suite 212 Raleigh, NC 27613
(919) 848-4333 www.oxendinebarnes.com
JIM BARNES
JIM BARNES, HOLLY MABE, JENNIFER HAIGNERE AND RYAN OXENDINE AT ST. BALDRICK’S FOUNDATION VOLLEYBALL FUNDRAISER.
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