Erin Carrier Barnhart

Erin Carrier Barnhart, an associate attorney, graduated from Michigan State University and earned a B.A. in English. She then attended Thomas M. Cooley Law School and graduated Cum Laude. While attending Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Ms. Barnhart was an associate editor for the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law. She worked at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office where she provided legal representation to clients in criminal matters. In addition, she worked at the Sixty Plus Inc., Elder Law Clinic where she provided free legal services to the elderly in the Lansing area. Ms. Barnhart completed the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan Trial College in August of 2008. She also participated in Leadership Mecosta.

In addition to Criminal Defense, Ms. Barnhart’s practice includes Probate and Estate Planning and a wide variety of general civil matters such as Land Contracts, Real Estate Transactions, Landlord/Tenant Disputes, forming legal entities and corporations, Debt Collection and more.




Ms. Barnhart’s professional and community activities include:

  •  Secretary, Mecosta-Osceola Bar Association
  •  State Bar of Michigan
  •  Former Big Rapids Jaycees member
  •  Leadership Mecosta Alumni
  •  Zonta International
  •  Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) Member

Areas of Practice

  • Probate and Estate Planning
  •  Land Contract/ Real Estate
  •  Debt collection
  •  Landlord/Tenant matters
  •  Business formation
  •  Criminal Defense
  •  Driver’s License Restoration
  •  Juvenile Delinquency
  •  Neglect and Abuse


  •  Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan
    •  Juris Doctorate (J.D.) Cum Laude
    •  Law Journal: Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law, Associate Editor
  •  Michigan State University
    •  Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
    •  Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  •  State Bar of Michigan
  •  Former Member of Big Rapids Jaycees
  •  Leadership Mecosta Alumni
  •  Zonta International Member
  •  Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM) Member

Past Positions

  •  Washtenaw County Public Defenders Office
  •  Sixty Plus Inc., Elder Law Clinic
  •  Law Office of Erin M. Carrier
  •  Law Clerk for Attorney Christina Lyke