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Barry Lee

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Barry W. Lee is a partner in the civil trial and appellate practice and is resident in the firm’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. He focuses on commercial litigation and has extensive jury and bench trial experience encompassing a variety of areas, including antitrust/unfair competition, banking/lender liability, construction, consumer class actions, employment, environmental, financial services and enforcement, insurance coverage, probate, products liability, real estate and securities. Barry’s most recent trial experience includes the successful defence of the purchaser of a $110 million loan from a trust established by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in connection with JP Morgan’s acquisition of certain Bear Stearns assets, and the successful defence of one of the nation’s leading health insurers in a whistleblower and wrongful employment termination action.

Barry was co-lead counsel with Robert A. Zeavin in Manatt’s successful representation of ICO Global Communications (Operations) Ltd. against The Boeing Co. and its Boeing Satellite Systems International subsidiary, which resulted in the largest total jury verdict in the U.S. for 2008.

Barry has been a contributing author to an antitrust treatise and has authored numerous articles and appeared as a speaker for the Practising Law Institute on various topics, including trial practice, discovery, directors’ and officers’ liability, professional liability insurance for lawyers and accountants, and antitrust.

Barry was a partner and chairperson of a San Francisco-based firm that combined with Manatt.


Admitted to practice in California

Member, Bar Association of San Francisco

Member, State Bar of California

Member, American Bar Association, Section on Antitrust Law, Litigation Tort and Insurance Practice

Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California

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Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP is known for quality, for extraordinary commitment to clients, for integrated, relationship-based services, and for a range of capabilities typically found only in boutique firms. We are progressive and entrepreneurial compared to other major firms, and we are deeply committed to diversity, to public service, to involvement in the communities we serve and to excellence in all we do.

We are proud to represent a sophisticated client base in a range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, entertainment, media and advertising, real estate, technology, energy and natural resources, consumer goods and services, and transportation.

Our service areas include employment and labor; advertising; antitrust; banking; bankruptcy and financial restructuring; corporate, finance and securities; environmental; government and regulatory; healthcare; insurance; intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright; Internet and e-commerce litigation and trial; mergers and acquisitions; motion picture and television; music; real estate and land use; tax, benefits and compensation; and venture capital. We provide sophisticated technical and service capabilities at the very highest levels, supplemented by the industry know-how necessary to achieve our clients’ business objectives.

Our strong presence in America’s most important business markets enables us to address and exceed client expectations. Our largest offices are strategically located in Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Orange County and Washington, D.C. Our offices in Sacramento and Albany—the capitals of California and New York—provide connections to government decision makers and to solutions that are unavailable from our competitors. Our access, influence and reach are enhanced by our subsidiary, Manatt Jones Global Strategies LLC, which develops and implements programs to expand client businesses and promote effective competition on a global basis.

Our 30-lawyer labor and employment practice offers a range of counseling and defense services. We assist clients in the strategic decisions involving personnel and in the development of policies, procedures, training and auditing programs to achieve full compliance with federal and state regulatory labor and employment laws; in aggressive and goal-oriented representation before courts, administrative agencies, arbitrators and mediators; and in collective-bargaining and other interactions with labor unions. We have an established track record of success in the defense of employers across an array of industries, including healthcare, entertainment, retail, technology, insurance, hospitality, professional and financial services, against a wide variety of employment claims in both federal and state courts. We provide advice and effective defense in complex wage-and-hour class actions, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination cases; tort and contract actions; workplace security-related litigation; and suits alleging the violation of restrictive covenants, theft of trade secrets and other unfair trade practices. We also provide high-level strategic advice and counsel to company management teams and boards.

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