Charlie Barnett was born in 1939 in Charleston, W.Va., and graduated in 1957 from Thurston
High School, Redford Township, Mich., where he was president of the
student council and editor of the yearbook. He received a B.A. degree in
philosophy in 1961 from the University of Michigan and was a member of
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He earned a J.D. degree in 1964 from the
University of Michigan Law School. Charlie began his law career in 1964
with Cadwalader, Wichersham & Taft in New York City. Starting in 1968,
he was in-house general counsel for a number of companies, including St.
Joe Minerals Corporation, Combustion Engineering Inc. and The Reader’s
Digest Association, Inc. He opened a private practice in 1994, serving
clients in Greenwich and Westport until retiring in 2012. He and his wife
Judith live in Norwalk and have three adult children and seven grandchildren. He is a member of
Wee Burn Country Club and is a former member of the board of directors of the Darien Library
and the Darien YMCA. He enjoys golf, squash and reading and is a member of two Darien book
clubs.