Attorney Profiles


Our law firm was founded in 1995 by attorney Jeffrey J. Barnett. Jeff is licensed to practice in all state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. He currently is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Austin Bar Association, and Austin Young Lawyers Association. Jeff’s legal practice focusses primarily on business & commercial litigation, collections, business transactional law, business entity formations, mergers & acquisitions, contracts, wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate. Jeff is also a certified Mediator. He mediates legal disputes in family, business, and civil law.

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Jeff Barnett

Jeff graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management and a BA in Government. Jeff was a member of Sigma Alpha Mu, and he is a life member of the Texas Exes. He is also an annual contributor to the Longhorn Foundation. Jeff has served as District Justice for Texas for Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International.

Jeff received two Dean’s Service Awards and was twice recognized in Who’s Who Among American Law Students while attending Drake University Law School in Des Moines, Iowa. He was very active in the Student Bar Association. He wrote for The Gavel, and he held several leadership positions in several student organizations, including:

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Latino Law Society
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Drake Law Women

Jeff practiced law in a clinic for indigent and elderly low-income individuals. He has also volunteered for the Texas Civil Rights Project and the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. He actively participates in student mock-trial events and law-related educational efforts throughout the region, helping students from elementary school through college to have a better understanding of our legal system.

When he is not practicing law, Jeff is also an avid runner, marathoner, and Marathon Coach.  He has completed over 30 marathons in more than 13 states, and has a goal of finishing a marathon in each of the 50 states, and beyond that, he aspires to complete a marathon on all 7 continents. He has been a Marathon Coach and Summer Training Program Director for Austin Fit (USA Fit Austin) and has also been a Marathon Coach for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training.




In the late 1990’s Keith Leuty joined the firm as a paralegal prior to entering Law School. He re-joined the firm in June 2014 as an Attorney and Partner. He graduated from St. Mary’s Law School in 2002, and is licensed to practice in all state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. Keith is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas, and is a certified Mediator. His primary area of practice is Wills & Estate Planning.


Prior to re-joining the firm, Keith spent 4 years as a solo practitioner focusing primarily on Criminal Law and Personal Injury Law. He then served for 6 years as an Attorney with the Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office at the State Bar of Texas, helping to enforce the ethical rules that govern attorney licensure. He also served as an Adjunct Law Professor for 3 ½ years at Virginia College at Austin teaching a variety of classes including Wills & Estates, Property Law, Criminal Law, Torts and Civil Procedure.


Keith also earned a PhD. in Christian Counseling with Advanced Certification as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor. He is a member of the National Christian Counselor’s Association, the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling, a Certified Temperament Counselor, and a Commissioned Minister. Keith is also accredited by the V.A. and specializes in  general Estate Planning and helping military veterans who may be eligible to receive the Aid & Attendance Benefit.


He has published 4 E-Books and has one novel which is “nearly finished.” He graduated in 1989 from Southwest Texas State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. During a 5 year career as a radio newscaster, he was twice honored with an Associated Press award for Best News Anchor in Texas, and twice for Best Reporter in Texas. He was also a two-time recipient of the Mark Twain Award from the Associated Press.  Keith also volunteers as both a little league football coach and a little league basketball coach.




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Mae Carter

Mae Rathbone Carter, JD, graduated from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now known as the Texas A&M University School of Law) in May 2009. She was in her own individual private practice from June 2010 to June 2015, when she joined Barnett & Leuty, PC.  Mae practices primarily in family law, divorces, CPS cases, adoptions, terminations, child support and custody issues, wills, probate and other related areas.


Mae is a member of The State Bar of Texas; the College of the State Bar of Texas; the Austin Bar Association; and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association. At the Austin Bar Association, she is a member of the following sections: Court Appointed Family Attorneys, Solo & Small Firm, and Probate & Trust. At the Texas Bar Association, she is a member of the following sections: Family Law, Computers & Technology, General Practice, and Solo & Small Firms.