Barry Richard: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Barry Richard

Tallahassee,  FL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Securities & Shareholder Litigation
  • Appellate
  • American Indian Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 850.425.8503
Fax: 850.681.0207
University University of Miami, B.A., 1964
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1967
Admitted1967, Florida; 1989, District of Columbia; 1990, New York; 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; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

•Charter Member, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Present
•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

BornMiami Beach, Florida, March 28, 1942

Recognized by The National Law Journal in 2006 as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, Barry Richard has been identified as a lawyer with the power to shape public affairs, launch industries, shake things up and get things done. He is listed as a top litigation and appellate lawyer in Chambers and Partners USA Guide and multiple other publications. Barry, who was selected as one of two National Law Journal Lawyers of the Year in 2001, has been noted for his national reputation for compelling advocacy. The New York Post has referred to the trademark clarity and forcefulness of his argument and CBS anchor Dan Rather called his nationally televised argument before the Florida Supreme Court in the 2000 Bush-Gore litigation brilliant.

Barry concentrates his practice, both jury and non-jury, in the fields of complex commercial litigation, appellate law, state and federal constitutional law, and government and election law. He is licensed to practice in Florida, New York and the District of Columbia, and has been admitted pro hac vice as lead counsel in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his appellate practice, Barry has successfully argued four major cases before the United States Supreme Court, numerous cases before the Florida Supreme Court, and all lower state and federal appellate courts in Florida. He has argued many of the significant constitutional cases both in Florida and nationally over the past three decades. At the trial level, he has successfully represented corporate clients in multibillion-dollar cases and successfully defended public officials in ethics proceedings.

Barry's honors include selection as a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to one percent of the lawyers in each state and Canadian province, and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which limits its membership to 500 lawyers in the United States. In addition, he has been retained for more than two decades by The Florida Bar as its general litigation counsel, and has been retained by the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers to represent it before the Florida Supreme Court.

Barry's capabilities in the area of government and election law are illustrated by the broad, non-partisan nature of his representation. Most notably, he represented President George W. Bush in the 2000 presidential election litigation. In that capacity, he managed 46 lawsuits and personally argued several critical cases on behalf of President Bush. He has represented both Democratic and Republican candidates and office holders in connection with their campaigns and official duties. Under both Republican and Democratic administrations, he has been retained at various times as special counsel to the Governor, the Florida Senate, the Florida House of Representatives, the Florida Attorney General, the Florida Secretary of State, the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Florida Department of Insurance.

Areas of Concentration

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

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

08.25.15 10 Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
08.19.15 135 Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America 2016
08.18.15 24 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed as 2016 'Lawyers of the Year' by Best Lawyers in America
07.28.15 Law360 Selects Greenberg Traurig's Lori Cohen and Barry Richard as 2015 “Trial Aces”
06.23.15 13 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Trend Legal Elite
06.23.15 Greenberg Traurig's Barry Richard Named to 2015 Florida Trend Legal Elite
06.11.15 95 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
06.11.15 Three Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee Attorneys Named 2015 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
05.27.15 Greenberg Traurig Tallahassee Shareholders Barry Richard and Michael J. Cherniga Recognized in 2015 Chambers USA Guide
05.22.15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in the 2015 Chambers USA Guide

Published Articles

11.21.05 Standard for Willfulness
06.14.04 Corporate Litigation - Arbitration Clause Risks
03.01.04 Mock Jury Exercises
10.01.01 Beyond Election 2000: Law & Policy in the New Millennium Essay: In Defense of Two Supreme Courts
10.01.01 Litigating History

Articles, Publications, & Lectures


•Quoted, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Ban On Judicial Fundraising, Jacksonville City and Press, April 30, 2015
•Quoted, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Ban On Judicial Fundraising, The Jacksonville Post, April 30, 2015
•Quoted, High Court Bolsters State Bans On Judicial Fundraising, Law360, April 30, 2015
•Quoted, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Ban On Judicial Fundraising, News Service of Florida, April 30, 2015
•Quoted, U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Florida's Ban On Judicial Fundraising, Pensacola Today, April 30, 2015
•Quoted, Supreme Court Endorses Florida Ban on Judges Seeking Campaign Cash, McClatchy DC, April 29, 2015
•Quoted, Judicial Campaign Cash, The National Law Journal, January 26, 2015
•Quoted, A Messy Supreme Court Case Shows Why Judges Should be Appointed, Not Elected, Washington DC Post, January 21, 2015
•Quoted, A Judicial Fund-Raising Case Causes Justices to Reflect on Their Own Jobs, The New York Times, January 21, 2015
•Quoted, Court Weighs Judges' Campaign Fundrasing, The Washington Post, January 21, 2015
•Quoted, High Court Debates Tampa Case, The Tampa Tribune, January 21, 2015
•Quoted, Justices Weigh Campaign Solicitations by Judges, The Chicago Tribune, January 21, 2015
•Quoted, Justices Weigh Judicial Candidates' Appeal for Campaign Cash, The Associated Press, January 20, 2015
•Quoted, Should Judicial Candidates Be Allowed to Solicit Campaign Money? NPR, January 20, 2015
•Quoted, Supreme Court Torn on Fla. Judicial Campaign Funding Rule, Law360, January 20, 2015
•Quoted, Update: U.S. Top Court Divided over Florida Judicial Election Law, Reuters Online, January 20, 2015
•Quoted, Can Judicial Candidates Solicit Donations? Supreme Court to Weigh Case, Christian Science Monitor, January 19, 2015
•Quoted, Fla. High Court Won't Revisit Gambling Permit Law Ruling, Law360, January 16, 2015
•Quoted, Tribal Compact's Fate Uncertain, The Miami Herald, January 11, 2015
•Quoted, State Judges Tell High Court to Keep Judicial Fundraising Ban, Law360, January 6, 2015
•Author, Arbitration Clause Risks, The National Law Journal, June 14, 2004
•Author, Mock Jury Exercises, The National Law Journal, March 1, 2004
•Author, Beyond Election 2000: Law & Policy in the New Millennium Essay: In Defense of Two Supreme Courts, Journal of Law & Public Policy, October 2001
•Author, Litigating History, ABA Journal, October 2001
•Author, Rule 11 Sanctions: Risks to Non-Lead Counsel, The National Law Journal, September 2001
•Author, Defending Mega-Suits, The National Law Journal, April 16, 2001


•Chapter Author, Technology, Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, West Publishing Company
•Chapter Author, Federal Practice Guide on Appellate Procedure in the Eleventh Circuit, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company


•Lecturer on appellate practice at continuing legal education programs sponsored by the Florida State Bar.

Video Arguments

Lic Acquisition LLC v. Debary RE Holdings LLC, Supreme Court of Florida, 2013
Roberts v. Doyle, Supreme Court of Florida, 2010
FDOS v. Slough, Supreme Court of Florida, 2008
Gore v. Harris, Supreme Court of Florida, 2000

Audio Arguments

Lanell Williams-Yulee, v. The Florida Bar, 135 S.Ct. 739, Supreme Court of Florida, 2014
Florida Bar v. Went for It, Inc. (94-226), 515 U.S. 618, Supreme Court of Florida, 1995
Gustafson v. Florida, 414 U.S. 260, Supreme Court of Florida, 1973

Other Experience

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. (Also at Washington, D.C. and New York, N.Y. Offices)

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Defended Alliance Capital, a leading investment firm, in an unprecedented civil action brought by the Florida State Board of Administration. Served as lead trial counsel in an action seeking more than $3 billion dollars in damages. Claims included alleged breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Florida Securities and Investor Protection Act (FSIPA), fraud and negligence in connection with more than $280 million in investment losses in Enron stock. This case was closely watched by the financial and investment communities where an adverse result would have paved the way for industry-wide litigation. The jury returned a complete verdict for Alliance Capital, including an award on its counterclaim for unpaid investment management fees in excess of $1 million, at the conclusion of a six-week jury trial. Lead trial counsel in a five-week, out-of-town trial in an action arising out of the termination of one of Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s largest distributorships. We were hired to re-try the previously mistried business tort claims. After almost five years of litigation and multiple actions, the disputes between the parties were settled after closing arguments during jury deliberations in a manner that was satisfactory to the client. Retained as lead trial counsel by the Royal Bank of Canada to represent it in the Enron class action securities litigation, the largest class action litigation in U.S. history pending in the Southern District of Texas at the time. The claims against the Royal Bank of Canada, as well as the other financial institutions, accounting professionals and former officers and directors of Enron arose under 10b-5(a) and (c) and the Private Securities Litigation and Reform Act (PSLRA). The matter required managing a massive discovery effort that crosses multiple jurisdictions and countries, and was being closely watched by the financial markets, as it concerned unchartered areas in the law related to who may be liable as a primary violator under the PSLRA.

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Barry Richard

101 East College Avenue
TallahasseeFL 32301


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