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Barry has been nationally recognized by the highest lawyer rating organizations and publications for his trial and appellate work.

In 2000, Barry represented George W. Bush in the Florida litigation that determined the presidency. In that capacity, he effectively managed 47 cases throughout the state, personally arguing many of them. His performance before a national audience earned him the National Law Journal’s Lawyer of the Year designation in 2001, and its designation in 2006 as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America." Barry has since received a lengthy list of professional recognitions, many listed below. Among them, he has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to one percent of the lawyers in the United States and Canada, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to 500 lawyers in the United States.

Barry concentrates his practice in the fields of complex commercial litigation, constitutional law, and appellate law. He has successfully argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court and hundreds of cases before federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the United States.

In addition to his successful representation of major corporations in bet-the-company cases, he has advised and represented all three branches of government, including both Democratic and Republican governors and legislatures, members of Congress, and multiple executive branch agencies as well as individual public officers and candidates. For three decades, Barry has served as litigation counsel to The Florida Bar.


  • Complex commercial litigation
  • State and federal constitutional law
  • Government and election law
  • Appellate practice
  • Securities litigation
  • Regulatory investigations



Barry served two and one half years of active duty as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the United States Navy. In that capacity, he was assigned as legal advisor to the commanding officer of the Twelfth Naval District medical facilities in Northern California. After completing active duty with special commendation in 1970, Barry began private practice in Miami followed by service as Assistant Attorney General and later Deputy Attorney General for the State of Florida, the second in command of the state’s Department of Legal Affairs.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2003-2022
    • "Senior Statespeople," 2014-2022
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), 2006-2023           
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Tallahassee Appellate Practice, 2016, 2018, 2021, and 2023
    • "Lawyer of the Year," Tallahassee Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2013
  • Recipient, Daily Business Review, Professional Excellence Awards, "Lifetime Achievement," 2020
  • Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2016-2022
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2022
  • Listed, Florida Trend magazine, Litigation, 2004-2006, 2009-2013, 2015-2022
    • "Hall of Fame," 2010-2022
      • Appellate Practice, 2019 
      • Civil Trial, 2017 
      • Commercial Litigation, 2015, 2018
    • "Legal Elite," 2004-2019
  • Listed, Lawdragon 500
    • "Leading Litigators in America," 2006 and 2022
    • "Leading Lawyers in America," 2010
  • Listed, Law360, "Trial Aces," 2015
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in Florida, "Tallahassee Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year," 2012
  • Recipient, "G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award," Florida Bar Association, 2011
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010
  • Listed, Lawdragon 300, "Leading Lawyers in America," 2006, 2010
  • Listed, "100 Most Influential Lawyers," The National Law Journal, 2006
  • Recipient, "Traditions of Excellence Award," Florida Bar, 2005
  • Named, "Distinguished Lecturer," University of Miami School of Law, 2002
  • Recipient, "Lawyer of the Year Award," National Law Journal, 2000
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Charter Member, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Present
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, 2013-Present
  • Member, American Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Former Deputy Attorney General, State of Florida
  • Former Member, Florida Legislature, 1974-1978


  • J.D., University of Miami School of Law
  • B.A., University of Miami
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida