Barry S. Richard - Greenberg Traurig LLP

Barry S. Richard

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2006
Phone: 850-425-8503

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, four and three years running, respectively. 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 begins each representation with a careful analysis of the case both factually and legally to formulate strategy and tactics that maximize his client's strengths and opponent's weaknesses. He has assembled a core team of trial lawyers that routinely works together and with attorneys from the firm's other offices and associated firms to handle complex commercial trials and manage massive discovery efforts that cross multiple jurisdictions and countries. Some of the matters handled by his team include the representation of Alliance Capital Management Corp. (n/k/a Alliance Bernstein) in a $3 billion action brought by the Florida Board of Administration, the representation of the Royal Bank of Canada in the multibillion dollar Enron shareholder class action pending in the Southern District of Texas, and the representation of Anheuser-Busch in a $5 billion action brought by a former distributorship.  

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 in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his appellate practice, Barry has argued three 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 two decades. Barry has argued more than 250 appellate cases nationally and has obtained appellate decisions in cases involving some of the most constitutional questions and some of the largest judgments in Florida history.  

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. 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. In the 1998 election, Barry served simultaneously as campaign legal counsel to Republican Governor Jeb Bush and the Democratic incumbent candidate for Florida Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner (now U.S. Senator) Bill Nelson.

University of MiamiBA 1964University of Miami School of LawJ.D. 1967
International Academy of Trial LawyersAmerican Bar AssociationAmerican Academy of Trial LawyersAmerican Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Present

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • 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

Significant 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.
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  • 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.

Office Location

101 East College Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32301
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Tallahassee Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Tallahassee Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the Tallahassee Metro Area2009 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the Tallahassee Metro Area
Barry S. Richard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Barry S. Richard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Barry S. Richard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Barry S. Richard has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2009!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)