Senior Corporate and Managing Partner

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Barry was born on August 2, 1941. He received his B.S., cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 1963, earning a Certified Public Accountant's license in Illinois, the same year. In 1966 he earned his J.D. from Northwestern University where he served on the Board of Editors of the Northwestern University Law Review from 1964 to 1966. He was also a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi. Barry was admitted to the bar in Illinois in 1966 and in California in 1969.

Educated as both a CPA and a lawyer, Barry practiced accounting throughout law school while studying law. From 1966 to 1968, Barry served as an attorney for the Atomic Energy Commission. In 1969 he joined the prestigious law firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel and soon became a partner. There, Barry gained invaluable experience practicing business formation, operation and acquisition, as well as securities work. This included high-level securities law, public offerings and securities compliance work for such major corporations as MGM, Great American Insurance Company, Pacific American Industries and National General Corporation, among others. In fact, Barry was responsible for closing the first MGM Hotel real estate purchase by Kirk Kerkorian. Intent on forming his own firm, Barry was co-founder and managing partner of the law firm of Friedman & Phillips, as well as its predecessor, from 1974 to 1996.

Barry's principal areas of practice at FE&C are business planning, real estate and entertainment. Because his background and experience are so broad, he excels at working with entrepreneurs and their companies, both start-up and on-going. Barry has been particularly involved in the effective representation of women in business. In acknowledgment, he has been honored by the Century City Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council.

Well known for his passion for sports, particularly baseball, Barry conceived "fantasy baseball camps" in 1983. These have evolved into camps which allow people to practice and compete with major sport figures.

Barry is a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association. He is also a member of the State Bar of California.


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