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Michael Barr

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Michael Barr serves as Dentons' US senior partner and is a member of the Firm's Global Group Board. Michael's practice for more than 33 years has concentrated on complex commercial cases and class actions involving a broad array of financial and insurance products. He has litigated before trial and appellate courts and administrative forums throughout the United States, including in some of the most high profile commercial cases of the past decade. He has extensive litigation experience across a broad spectrum of substantive areas, including consumer fraud, insurance, securities, environmental, real estate, professional liability and contractual disputes.


Michael has been with Dentons for more than 20 years. He joined the firm as partner in 1990 and was named US senior partner in 2012.


Michael is admitted to practice in New York; the US Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuit; US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin; the US Court of Federal Claims; the US Tax Court; and the US Supreme Court.


Harvard University, 1980, JD, cum laude Oberlin College, 1977, AB, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors

United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to insurers

Within: Leading lawyers – Coverage

Michael Barr - Dentons

Within: Insurance: advice to insurers

Dentons’ ‘responsive, pro-active, creative and extremely knowledgeable’ department is commended for its ‘strong’ contentious practice and regularly handles class actions for high-profile insurer clients. Reid Ashinoff in New York defended Genworth Financial and its former CEO and CFO in a securities "stock drop" putative fraud class action alleging that it made materially false statements concerning the planned partial IPO of its Australian mortgage insurance subsidiary. Department co-head Keith Moskowitz in Chicago is representing XL Catlin in several disputes including cases involving claims for coverage related to landfills owned and operated by policyholder Republic Services. MetLife, Travelers, Arrowood Indemnity, Zurich, Nationwide and AIG are also clients. Ronald Kent and Susan Walker in Los Angeles are recommended as is New York-based Sandra Hauser. In Atlanta, Stephen Berry and Randy Evans, who ‘can think outside the box and establishes a plan many moves down the road’ are noted, and department co-head Shari Klevens in Washington DC is ‘super-smart’ and ‘can handle difficult adversaries’. Michael Barr in New York is also noted. John Sarchio joined Crowell & Moring LLP in 2017. In March 2019, former co-head of the global insurance practice Kara Baysinger and Matthew Gaul moved to Mayer Brown.

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