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Barry C. Barnett

Barry C. Barnett

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  • Antitrust Law, Energy, Oil & Gas Law, Intellectual Property
  • New York, Texas
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Clients and colleagues call Barry Barnett an “incredibly gifted lawyer” (Chambers and Partners) who is “magic in the courtroom” (Who’s Who Legal), “the top antitrust lawyer in Texas” (Chambers and Partners), and “a person of unquestioned integrity” (David J. Beck, founder of Beck Redden).

Barnett is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, and Lawdragon has named him one of the top 500 lawyers in the United States three years in a row. Best Lawyers in America has honored him as “Lawyer of the Year” for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2019 and 2017) and Patent Litigation (2020) in Houston. Based in Texas and New York, Barnett has tried complex business disputes across the United States.

Barnett focuses on complex matters, particularly ones involving antitrust, energy, or intellectual property. He has represented major corporations like Alaska Airlines, Cisco Systems, Hinduja Global, Texas Instruments, KKR & Co. Inc., and Vistra Corp. He’s also battled for his clients against behemoths like Abbott Labs, AmerisourceBergen, Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, BlackBerry, Comcast, Samsung, and Visa.

Barnett projects a compelling courtroom presence. His performance before the Supreme Court in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend prompted the Court to withdraw the question on which it had granted review. The judge in a patent infringement trial called him “one of the best” and his opening statement the finest he had ever seen. Another trial judge said Barnett was one of the two best trial lawyers he’d ever come across. The other one was dead, he said.

Complete package
Barnett can handle a case from start to finish. He’s tried cases to verdict and then briefed and argued them when they went before the Second, Third, Fifth, and Tenth Circuits, the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and (in the case of Comcast Corp. v. Behrend) even the Supreme Court of the United States.

Harvard University
J.D. (1984)
Honors: Cum laude
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Yale University
B.A. (1981) | History and Economics
Honors: Magna cum laude and honors in History
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Professional Experience
Susman Godfrey LLP
- Current
Law Clerk, The Honorable Jerre S. Williams
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Articles & Publications
Fee Arrangements
Thomson West
How Antitrust Enforcers Might Think Like Plaintiffs Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year, Patent Litigation, Houston
Best Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Houston
Best Lawyers
Lawyer of the Year, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Houston
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Professional Associations
American College of Trial Lawyers
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Center for American and International Law
- Current
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American Law Institute
Elected Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 5337001
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State Bar of Texas
ID Number: 01778700
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2nd Circuit
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3rd Circuit
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5th Circuit
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10th Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Practice Areas
Antitrust Law
Energy, Oil & Gas Law
Intellectual Property
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