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Eric H. Barker

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Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer

Eric Barker earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in 1989 and went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1992. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1992 and is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Eric has been rated as a Preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell and has earned an AV rating, the highest rating given by the organization, which is a nationally recognized attorney rating service. This recognition is for both legal skills and ethics. He has also been recognized as one of Orlando’s Top Lawyers by Orlando Life Magazine.

​As an Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney, Eric began his career at the Public Defender’s Office and quickly ascended through the ranks in the office, earning the prestigious Franklin Graham Award, which is given to the Outstanding Lawyer of the Year. This was in addition to his having collected several trial awards. He gained invaluable experience, was involved in the litigation of thousands of cases, and rose to the level of Felony Division Chief before leaving the office to join the renowned NeJame Law firm in 1999. Eric’s rise in the legal community continued and in 2000, he was quickly named as a Partner at NeJame Law at the age of 33.

​While at NeJame Law, Eric has traveled throughout the state in both state and federal courts to zealously defend his clients. These clients have included people of all walks of life including lawyers, doctors, police officers, teachers, homemakers, and students. He has successfully defended or won the acquittal of people charged with violent crimes or crimes involving firearms such as murder, attempted murder, robbery, and aggravated battery, non-violent offenses such as drug trafficking, theft offenses, and traffic crimes, as well as sexual-related offenses such as possession of child pornography, traveling to meet a minor, committing lewd acts, and sexual battery. Additionally, with Eric’s substantial expertise he has become an expert in the representation of physicians and those in the medical community accused of writing fraudulent prescriptions, grand theft, schemes to defraud, and operating an unlicensed medical clinic. Doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other medical and health care providers who are being investigated or have been arrested can rely on Eric’s knowledge, experience, and insight into these very serious cases.

​In developing defenses on behalf of his clients as an Orlando criminal defense attorney, Eric Barker routinely engages in aggressive negotiations with prosecutors. However, Mr. Barker believes that the most effective negotiations come from negotiating from a position of strength. Whether it is advocating a violation of Due Process, the 4th or 5th Amendment, the lack of proof, law enforcement overreaching, addiction issues, or lack of evidence, Mr. Barker does everything necessary to fully prepare his cases, positioning himself to secure the most favorable result for his client. Being extremely knowledgeable and experienced in litigating cases, if negotiations will not bring about the desired outcome, Mr. Barker is a skilled and trained criminal trial attorney who relishes fighting for justice on behalf of his clients in court. He has represented clients in more than 70 criminal trials.

No case is too large and complex or too small or trivial for Mr. Barker to handle. His extensive criminal litigation background includes charges of:

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Memberships
  • The Florida Bar
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Served on Leadership Team, College Park United Methodist Church 2006-2008
  • Member of Aloma Methodist Missions Team, 2018 - Current
  • Served on Management Team Aloma Methodist Church 2016-2018
  • Listed in Martindale Hubbell's Law Directory

Awards & Recognition

  • Designated as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Published in Top Lawyers in Orlando 2013 by Orlando Life Magazine
  • Selected as Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubble
  • Recipient of the Franklin Graham Award, outstanding Assistant Public Defender of the year.
  • Who's Who in American Law 1998-present
  • Who's Who in Emerging Leaders 2007
  • AV-Rated Martindale Hubble
    AV-Rated Martindale Hubble
  • High Ethical Standard
    High Ethical Standard
  • AVVO 5-Star Review
    AVVO 5-Star Review
  • AVVO Clients' Choice 2012-2021
    AVVO Clients' Choice 2012-2021
  • AVVO Top Attorney
    AVVO Top Attorney
  • AVVO Top Contributor
    AVVO Top Contributor
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
    National Association of Distinguished Counsel 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Practice Areas
    One of a Kind

    “Attorney Eric Barker is truly one of a kind. Eric and his assistant Lisa always kept me informed about my case. They were always making sure I was aware of my future hearings even though I was not required to attend.”

    - N.M.
    Favorable Outcome

    “Eric helped me navigate through a difficult legal situation with his experience, which ended in a favorable outcome for me. I appreciate his counsel and would refer anyone in need of legal assistance to him.”

    - J.
    My Case Was Dropped

    “Mr. Barker exceeded my expectations in his profession. He kept in contact throughout the entire process and kept me in the loop with every step. My case was dropped as promised. I would recommend Mr. Barker as a criminal defense attorney at any given time.”

    - G.
    Deserves More Than 5 Stars

    “A respected friend recommended Eric Barker to me, so I came to him with high expectations. Turns out, my friend's commendation was understated.”

    - A.
    Superb Attorney

    “Attorney Barker is a Superb ATTORNEY. He goes the extra mile for his clients. He tells you what can be done and he listens to your concerns and addresses them in a timely manner.”

    - J.
    Knowledgeable and Thorough

    “Eric Barker is very knowledgeable and thorough. He provided excellent counsel and was responsive throughout my case.”

    - Former Client
    Best Lawyer

    “My brother referred me to Mr. Eric Baker to help resolve my case for domestic violence. Despite the COVID19, Mr. Eric stayed after office hours to meet up with me and he answered all the questions and did not rush me at all.”

    - Former Client
    More Than We Expected

    “To the people who are seeking a lawyer of action and good results, look no more you have found him. Attorney Eric Barker is a very calm and dedicated council in other words be patient with him he's one of the best.”

    - C.
    Case Was Dropped

    “My case was a typical traffic stop where I was caught in possession of fewer than 20 grams of Cannabis. Because of Eric's work and due diligence, I got the favorable outcome we were seeking and my case was dropped!”

    - Former Client
    Considerate and Compassionate

    “Eric was the most considerate and compassionate person I've had the pleasure of meeting in a long time without his generosity I don't know where I would be at this moment thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart”

    - J.

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