LawVana represents a new approach and an advancement of the traditional practice of law. 

My hope is that this site becomes a source of peace for all those seeking legal information.

Initially, the subject matter provided will be limited to the state and federal jurisdictions within North Carolina.  During the first 25 years of my practice, I have learned repeatedly that "I can't know everything." However, I can be the starting point for anyone analyzing any legal issue.  Even in times when we aren't the right fit for representing you regarding a particular issue, there is satisfaction in being able to refer a client to a proper resource, even if that resource is outside our own law firm or my own area of legal expertise.

In short, the answer to "Why LawVana?" is simply because quality referral and dedication

to ensuring that clients are guided to the correct resource is a big part of taking care of our clients' whole legal health, and taking care of your whole legal health is what we strive to do. - Daniel T. Barker

Daniel T. Barker

    A native of New Bern, North Carolina, Daniel Barker completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at North Carolina State University in 1989 after graduating from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He then attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, earning a Juris Doctor Degree in 1992.  During his third year of law school, Daniel was elected and served as President of the Student Bar Association. 


    Daniel returned to Raleigh to begin his legal career as a sole practitioner in the practice areas of real property transactions, criminal defense and civil litigation for six years before joining the Raleigh office of Stubbs & Purdue in 1999.  From 1999-2009, Daniel maintained certification by the North Carolina State Bar - Board of Legal Specialization as a Certified Specialist in Real Property Law, Residential Transactions. After practicing in bankruptcy court for a year, he returned to solo practice until 2016, when he and Ian S. Richardson formed Barker Richardson, PLLC.


    Daniel is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar AssociationWake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar and the Wake County Academy of Criminal Trial Lawyers.

    Daniel has more than twenty-six years experience in the private practice of law, and is admitted to practice in all North Carolina State Courts as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

    Daniel serves several non-profit entities, including serving as a Trustee for The Montessori School of Raleigh. He was as a Founding Board Member of The Childs Advocate (now a part of Legal Aid of NC) and Daniel currently serves on the Communications/Technology Committee of the Wake County Bar Association. In December 2017, Daniel was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Wake County Bar Association and Tenth Judicial District Bar for a three-year term 2018-2020. In July 2018, Daniel began serving on the 4All Service Day and Privacy and Data Security Committees of the North Carolina Bar Association for 2018-2019.

    Daniel's current practice areas include: general civil litigation for individuals and their businesses, traffic and criminal defense (in both NC state and federal district court), preparation of property bonds (to secure the release of criminal defendants from pre-trial custody in both state and federal court) and prosecution of civil claims for employees and victims of sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment.

Practice Areas

Sexual Abuse Litigation

Much of our time is dedicated to representing victims of sexual abuse in civil claims against both their individual perpetrators and associated entities responsible for their harm.

Civil Litigation

We have represented both individuals and businesses in a wide range of civil lawsuits from filing collection actions to defending Claim and Delivery suits. 

Traffic & Criminal Defense and Property Bond Preparation

Traffic and Criminal Defense work has always been a part of the practice. We enjoy working for clients in both District and Superior Courts and implementing technology to make the representation efficient and effective. Check back here soon for links to microsites which facilitate our assistance with these kinds of cases.

Raising Public Awareness Through Civil Litigation

"We fight monsters..." -Jonathan Little, Esq.


It would be an understatement to characterize these as "challenging" times as nearly everyone is suffering in some way or another.

One way to reduce stress is to have access to information sources that are substantive, authoritative and reliable. As individuals and businesses navigate the "new world" we find ourselves living in, it is imperative to consume meaningful, well-sourced information.  Rather than summarizing or interpreting the data, it seems most helpful to supply links to the source information people need to stay informed and updated on the pandemic and how it effects the North Carolina Courts. For the latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) announcements, county updates, FAQs, and more, and to see information directly from the official website for the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts click here.

North Carolina and Wake County Hot Links: 

May 29, 2020 - Wake County - COVID-19 Public Safety Policies Memo

May 29, 2020 - Wake County - COVID-19 Policy on Failures to Appear Memo

May 22, 2020 - Wake County - Expansion of Civil District Court Operations Memo

May 21, 2020 Chief Justice Beasley Issues New Order and Emergency Directives Expanding North Carolina Court Operations

May 20, 2020 - Wake County - Expansion of Criminal District Court Operations Memo

May 7, 2020 - Wake County - Expansion of Superior Court Functions Memo