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SVU promotes Demore Barnes to series regular for season 22

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Law & Order: SVU has promoted Demore Barnes to a series regular for season 22.

Deadline reports the actor will reprise his role as Deputy Chief Christian Garland in the forthcoming season on a more permanent basis.

Garland was introduced in season 21 as a character trying to modernise the NYPD alongside Captain Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and appeared in over a third of the episodes.

Barnes has also starred in American Gods, Hemlock Grove, Hannibal and Titans.

Photo credit: Rich Fury - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rich Fury – Getty Images

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The promotion comes as filming for Law & Order: SVU season 22 began last month amid the coronavirus pandemic.

It also follows an announcement in February that the show had been renewed for four more seasons, securing its future on air for a whopping 25 seasons.

Speaking recently, Law & Order: SVU showrunner Warren Leight confirmed the return of another familiar face – as he revealed Christopher Meloni will return as Elliot Stabler in season 22’s first episode.

“It’s pretty clear that Elliot will be in the SVU season opener,” he previously told the Law & Order: SVU behind-the-scenes podcast.

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Photo credit: NBC

Related: Law & Order: SVU boss teases the return of Christopher Meloni as Stabler

“I think that much I know.”

Leight also recently shared his views that cop shows are “miscontributing” to society, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests.

Law & Order: SVU airs on NBC in the US.

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Stephen Barnes, Partner in Law Firm With Cellino, Dies at 61

“Deeper Understanding. Better Solutions,” one venerable law firm promises. “A Broader Perspective,” another pledges. “Character Comes Through,” still another avows.

In less than a generation, though, Ross M. Cellino Jr. and Stephen E. Barnes transformed their two-partner outpost in Buffalo into perhaps the most famous personal injury law firm in America not by invoking lofty slogans but by blitzing the airwaves with visceral advertising — “Injury? Head-on? T-bone? Rear-end?” — an indelible callback phone number and, as one publication described it, an “earworm” of a jingle.

All of it together made the two lawyers’ names and faces (Mr. Barnes was the bald one) familiar to almost anyone in New York and California who for years heard Cellino & Barnes radio spots, watched their television commercials or encountered their billboards.

It didn’t last, however. In 2017, continuing grumbling between the partners about nepotism and mismanagement finally boiled over bitterly in court.

Mr. Cellino sued to dissolve their professional corporation and open his own family firm. Mr. Barnes countersued, charging trademark infringement. The divorce was finalized this summer, with each man regrouping with relatives and loyal employees in his own firm.

Last Friday, Mr. Barnes was piloting his TBM 700 turboprop six-seater plane from Manchester, N.H., back to Buffalo for his mother’s birthday party when the aircraft crashed near Pembroke, about 20 miles east of Buffalo Niagara International Airport. Mr. Barnes, 61, was killed.

So was his only passenger, his niece Elizabeth D. Barnes, 32, who, like her father, Richard Barnes, was also a lawyer in the firm. Federal officials were investigating the cause of the crash.

In a statement afterward, Mr. Cellino called Mr. Barnes “a fearless advocate for his clients.”

“His passing is a significant loss for the legal community,” he said.

Before their falling out, the two had complemented each other. Steve Barnes, two years younger than his partner, was a former Marine officer who could eviscerate a hostile witness in the courtroom and struggled to smile through the firm’s marketing campaigns. In their ads, the more laid-back Mr. Cellino wore the easy smile.

The two men founded their firm in 1994 and commissioned an advertising slogan from a local jingle writer for $500: “Cellino and Barnes. Injury attorneys. 800-888-8888 — Don’t wait. Call eight!”

Having bought that easy-to-remember telephone number for $1.7 million, the lawyers over time pumped more than $150 million into radio and television advertising, billboards and other promotions, taking advantage of successful court challenges in the 1970s, on free speech grounds, against rules that had barred advertising by lawyers.

The Cellino & Barnes jingle was so ubiquitous that it was spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” and even reinterpreted by Broadway stars and others in an internet “Cellino & Barnes Challenge.”

Mr. Barnes said in his 2017 lawsuit that the firm had generated profits of more than $165 million from settling cases for its clients for $1.5 billion. (The lawyers usually got about one-third of the settlements.) By then, he said, the firm’s 250 lawyers in

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Steve Barnes, founder of the well-known law firm Cellino & Barnes, dies in plane crash

Attorney Steve Barnes, who founded the nationally-known Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm, died in a small plane crash along with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes.



a group of clouds in the sky over a green field: Helicopter hovers over the scene of a deadly small plane crash near Pembroke, New York.


© Spectrum News Buffalo
Helicopter hovers over the scene of a deadly small plane crash near Pembroke, New York.

Police responded to a 911 call about a possible crash at 11:46 a.m. Friday near Pembroke, east of Buffalo, New York, according to the Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr.

“Neighbors described seeing and hearing a plane heading from east to west,” Sheron said.

“It sounded like a loud winding noise as the plane was then observed going over a wooded area, [and] dropped from the sky. There was a loud crash and a fireball.”

“All of a sudden, we just heard this big boom, felt it,” Olivia Metz, who lives nearby, told CNN affiliate News Spectrum.

“Then my mom yelled and I ran down the stairs and we looked out our window and there was this big plume of smoke and we didn’t see the plane go down, but we just felt it and saw the smoke.”

Law firm was known for its jingle

Cellino & Barnes was identified with its commercials and phone number jingles.

They were known across much of New York for their catchy “Don’t wait, call 8” tagline, which even inspired a Saturday Night Live sketch.

In 2018, #cellinoandbarneschallenge went viral on Instagram.

But the Cellino & Barnes law firm broke up earlier this year and Barnes started his own firm.

The Barnes Firm issued this statement: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we acknowledge the loss of Steve Barnes and his niece Elizabeth Barnes following a tragic accident earlier today. Steve was a friend, colleague, partner, and mentor to so many people across our firm, in New York, California, and beyond. He was a legal industry giant, proud Marine, and loving father. Steve and Elizabeth will be sorely missed by many.”



a sign on the side of the street: An advertisement for the Cellino & Barnes law firm at the the Prospect Avenue subway station in New York on April 4, 2017.


© Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit
An advertisement for the Cellino & Barnes law firm at the the Prospect Avenue subway station in New York on April 4, 2017.

Barnes’ former law partner, Ross Cellino, issued this statement:

“Steve and I worked together for many years at our firm. He was always a fearless advocate for his clients. His passing is a significant loss for the legal community. Steve’s greatest accomplishment was his three children Josiah, Rachel, and Julia. Steve is survived by his longtime partner, Ellen Sturm, also an attorney at our firm.

“Equally heartbreaking is the passing of Elizabeth Barnes, sister of Brian Barnes and daughter of Rich Barnes, Steve’s brother and an attorney at our firm. All of us at Cellino and Barnes are deeply saddened. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Barnes family during this difficult time,” Cellino said.



a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Steve Barnes


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Steve Barnes

NTSB will not travel to the scene

The crash left a large crater in a heavily wooded area in the village

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Steve Barnes, founder of the famed law firm Cellino and Barnes, dies in plane crash

Attorney Steve Barnes, who founded the nationally-known Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm, died in a small plane crash along with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes.



a group of clouds in the sky over a green field: Helicopter hovers over the scene of a deadly small plane crash near Pembroke, New York.


© Spectrum News Buffalo
Helicopter hovers over the scene of a deadly small plane crash near Pembroke, New York.

Police responded to a 911 call about a possible crash at 11:46 a.m. Friday near Pembroke, east of Buffalo, New York, according to the Genesee County Sheriff William A. Sheron Jr.

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“Neighbors described seeing and hearing a plane heading from east to west,” Sheron said.

“It sounded like a loud winding noise as the plane was then observed going over a wooded area, [and] dropped from the sky. There was a loud crash and a fireball.”

“All of a sudden, we just heard this big boom, felt it,” Olivia Metz, who lives nearby, told CNN affiliate News Spectrum.

“Then my mom yelled and I ran down the stairs and we looked out our window and there was this big plume of smoke and we didn’t see the plane go down, but we just felt it and saw the smoke.”

Law firm known for its jingle

Cellino & Barnes was identified with its commercials and phone number jingles.

They were known across much of New York for their catchy “Don’t wait, call 8” tagline, which even inspired a Saturday Night Live sketch.

In 2018, #cellinoandbarneschallenge went viral on Instagram.

Barnes’ former law partner, Ross Cellino, issued a statement.

“Steve and I worked together for many years at our firm. He was always a fearless advocate for his clients. His passing is a significant loss for the legal community. Steve’s greatest accomplishment was his three children Josiah, Rachel, and Julia. Steve is survived by his longtime partner, Ellen Sturm, also an attorney at our firm.



a sign on the side of the street: An advertisement for the Cellino & Barnes law firm at the the Prospect Avenue subway station in New York on April 4, 2017.


© Marc A. Hermann/MTA New York City Transit
An advertisement for the Cellino & Barnes law firm at the the Prospect Avenue subway station in New York on April 4, 2017.

“Equally heartbreaking is the passing of Elizabeth Barnes, sister of Brian Barnes and daughter of Rich Barnes, Steve’s brother and an attorney at our firm. All of us at Cellino and Barnes are deeply saddened. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Barnes family during this difficult time,” he said.

NTSB will not travel to the scene

The crash left a large crater in a heavily wooded area in the village of Corbu and spread pieces of aircraft for hundreds of yards, according to Sheriff Sheron.

“It’s pretty much disintegrated,” he said.

The single-engine plane, a SOCATA TBM-700, was its way from Manchester, New Hampshire, to the Buffalo airport, according to Sheron.

Ross Cellino’s attorney, Terry Connors, told CNN affiliate News Spectrum that the plane was registered to Steve Barnes and that Barnes was a registered pilot.

A TBM-700 can hold six or eight occupants, but it appears only two people were on board, according to Sheron.

The FAA has been on scene to investigate, Sheron said.

The

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Steve Barnes of the famous Cellino & Barnes law firm dies in plane crash

Steve Barnes, a prominent New York attorney who was one-half of the famed Cellino & Barnes law firm, has reportedly died. Barnes was killed along with his niece, Elizabeth Barnes, in a small plane crash in western New York Friday.

NBC New York reported that a single-engine Socata TBM-700 traveling from Manchester, New Hampshire crashed at about 11:45 a.m. in a wooded area near Pembroke, New York. Genesee County Sheriff William Sheron told reporters that a man and a woman were killed and that there were no survivors. Barnes was a registered pilot and he is believed to have been the pilot of the small plane.

Ross Cellino, Barnes’ longtime partner, said in a statement, “It is with great sadness that I learned of the tragic passing of Steve Barnes in a plane crash. Steve and I worked together for many years at our firm. He was always a fearless advocate for his clients. His passing is a significant loss for the legal community.

“Steve’s greatest accomplishment was his three children Josiah, Rachel, and Julia. Steve is survived by his longtime partner, Ellen Sturm, also an attorney at our firm. Equally heartbreaking is the passing of Elizabeth Barnes, sister of Brian Barnes and daughter of Rich Barnes, Steve’s brother and an attorney at our firm. All of us at Cellino and Barnes are deeply saddened. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Barnes family during this difficult time.”

Cellino & Barnes, known for its ubiquitous commercials and catchy jingle, was founded in Buffalo, New York. The attorneys had offices in Buffalo and Rochester, New York, as well as the New York City area. The firm’s practice focuses on multiple areas, including airplane accidents, dog bites, and wrongful death, according to their website.

They rose to fame with their old-timey jingle that set their toll-free phone number to music. The personal injury lawyers became so popular with their “don’t wait, call 8” tagline that they were even spoofed by “Saturday Night Live” in a sketch.

In 2018, a #cellinoandbarneschallenge went viral as Broadway actors posted videos of themselves singing the catchy tune on Instagram with singers, including Katharine McPhee Foster and Sara Bareilles, participating.

On the firm’s website, Barnes’ biography also says he is a former officer in the Marine Corps and a Gulf War veteran.

The plane that went down in the woods was registered to a corporation that shares an address with Cellino & Barnes. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the cause of the crash and that a report would be released in 7 to 10 days.

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Steve Barnes, of Cellino & Barnes Law Firm, Dies in Plane Crash

A small plane piloted by Stephen E. Barnes, a former partner in one of the most well-known personal injury law firms in the country, crashed in upstate New York on Friday morning, killing him and a passenger, a lawyer with knowledge of the matter said.

The single-engine plane went down in a wooded area near Pembroke, N.Y., about 32 miles east of Buffalo, Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said.

Only two people — Mr. Barnes and his niece — were on the board the plane, the lawyer said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the Barnes family. Mr. Barnes was 61, his niece was in her late 20s.

Residents saw the plane, which was traveling from east to west, go down at 11:46 a.m. and explode in some woods near Boyce Road, the Genesee County sheriff, William A. Sheron Jr., said in a statement. He confirmed that a man and a woman had died, but did not immediately identify them.

The plane left New Hampshire around 10:18 a.m. and was supposed to land in Buffalo less than two hours later, Sheriff Sheron said,

Nearly 30 years ago, Mr. Barnes and Ross M. Cellino Jr. created Cellino & Barnes, a personal injury law firm in Buffalo. They built it into a multimillion dollar company that became a household name known for its catchy jingles on national television. It employed more than 50 lawyers in five offices in New York State, and also had offices in California.

Three months ago, Mr. Barnes and Mr. Cellino announced that they were breaking the firm into two and going their separate ways.

The split came after a fraught three-year legal battle between the two partners. Back in 2017, Mr. Cellino filed a lawsuit against Mr. Barnes and the law firm after they had clashed over the management of the business, employees’ compensation and other issues.

After settling their legal issues in June, the two ex-partners were set to lead separate firms, although it was unclear who would get the rights to the former firm’s phone number — (800) 888-8888 — made famous in thousands of commercials.

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Steve Barnes of Cellino & Barnes law firm reportedly dies in plane crash

Stephen Barnes, one half of the personal injury attorney duo Cellino & Barnes, reportedly died Friday in a plane crash.

Barnes, a registered pilot, was flying a plane he owned from New Hampshire back to Buffalo, New York, on Friday when the plane crashed outside of the city. Terry Connors, an attorney from Cellino & Barnes, first said the plane was Barnes’. Another source later told The Buffalo News that Barnes was flying the plane, and that he and a female relative onboard died in the crash. Other Buffalo news sources later confirmed Barnes was piloting, and police later confirmed both people on the plane died.

Barnes and Ross Cellino worked together for decades to turn Cellino & Barnes from a western New York-based firm into a massively profitable powerhouse, with its notable ads always featuring the firm’s phone number as a catchy jingle. Barnes and Cellino began the process of breaking up the firm several years ago. New York magazine published a feature on the firm and its recent, still ongoing breakup just weeks ago.

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