Abrica v. Grob, Inc., Case No. 2:10-cv-03424 (C.D. Cal.)
Lead associate representing the principal defendant in product-liability suit venued in the Central District of California
with over $2MM in dispute; Mr. Barton handled all pleadings, depositions,
motion practice, and the mediation, which resolved the matter under terms
extremely favorable to his client.
Alsum et al. v. Didion Inc., Case No. 2012-CV-197 (Columbia County Circuit Court)
Member of trial team that secured a complete defense verdict in a U.C.C. case involving commodities futures; Mr. Barton
cross-examined the principal plaintiff.
Amrate, LLC v. AIM Brokerage Services, LLC et al., Case No. 1:17-cv-00676-SO (N.D. Ohio)
Lead counsel for a national transportation company in a contract dispute venued in the Northern District of Ohio; after
obtaining dismissal of many of the plaintiff’s claims on a motion to dismiss,
the matter was settled out of court under extremely favorable terms to the
Boehm et al. v. Legends of the Field, LLC et al., Case No. 3:15-cv-00683-jdp (W.D. Wis.)
Lead counsel representing a sports memorabilia company in a copyright infringement action in which the plaintiffs sought statutory damages
between $1MM and $3.75MM; obtained summary judgment in favor of client, which prompted the matter to settle immediately given the fee-shifting provisions under the Copyright Act.
Centec, LLC v. Plutshack, Case No. 15-C-1401 (E.D. Wis.)
Obtained dismissal on the pleadings of a lawsuit brought by a corporate plaintiff against its former employee alleging
violations of the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18
U.S.C. §§ 1961 et seq. See 2016 WL 3645184 (E.D. Wis. June 30, 2016)
Dynamic Intl of Wisconsin, Inc. v. SMEC CO., LTD., Case No.2:18-cv-00582 (E.D. Wis.)
Lead counsel for a Northern American machine tool importer/distributor in connection with a multi-million-dollar dispute
against a Korean manufacturer, its subsidiary, and their agents for breaches of
the Wisconsin Fair Dealership Law and related business torts, which is
currently pending in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Experian Info. Sols., Inc. v. Carfax, Inc., No. 11 CV 08927 (N.D. Ill.)
Lead associate representing the plaintiff in a defamation and business tort case against Carfax, Inc.; following the court’s
denial of Carfax’s motion to dismiss, see
2012 WL 2597915, the parties engaged in extensive discovery and the case
settled under favorable terms to the client.
McClone v. Brenn et al., Case No. 2018-CV-000203 (Winnebago County Circuit Court)
Lead counsel for the plaintiff in a multi-million-dollar shareholder dispute concerning his interest in one of
Wisconsin’s largest independent insurance agencies.
MSC Waterworks Company, Inc., f/k/a Mainline Supply of Florida, LLC v. Masci Corporation, et al., Case No. 2012-31274-CICI (Volusia County Circuit Court)
Member of trial team that secured a complete defense verdict in a complex product-liability dispute venued in Volusia
County, Florida with nearly $1MM in dispute; Mr. Barton handled all motion
practice and examined numerous witnesses at trial.
Lead counsel for the Plaintiff in a shareholder dispute concerning the value of a leading luxury brand; Mr. Barton
first-chaired the private, four-day arbitration where he was responsible for
handling all motion practice, cross-examining the lead defendant, and examining
numerous experts; following the hearing, the panel issued a $5MM arbitration
award in favor of Mr. Barton’s client, which was dramatically in excess of the
amount proffered by Defendants and their experts.
Sasson v. Braun, 2015 WI App 58, review denied, 2016 WI 2
Represented Milwaukee Brewer, Ryan Braun, in a lawsuit against his former friend who asserted claims against Mr. Braun for breach
of contract, fraud, and defamation; Mr. Barton briefed and argued numerous
motions before the court, including the motion that resulted in the dismissal
of all claims against his client; Mr. Barton also successfully defended the
appeal, which affirmed the trial court’s dismissal order.
Saybrook Tax Exempt Investors LLC et al. vs. Lac Du Flambeau Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians et al., Case No. 2012-CV-000187 (Waukesha County Circuit Court)
Integral member of the litigation and trial team that represented a Native American Tribe and its casino in a multi-fora $90MM
dispute stemming from a failed bond transaction, which was pending for eight
years in the Western District of Wisconsin (twice), the Seventh Circuit Court
of Appeals (twice), the Lac Du Flambeau Tribal Court, and the Waukesha County
Circuit Court; after multiple bond documents were declared void under the
Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, 25 U.S.C. § 2701, et seq., the remaining aspects of the case were slated for a
seven-week jury trial before the Waukesha County Circuit Court; Mr. Barton
successfully briefed and argued numerous pre-trial motions, including two Daubert motions that preserved the
testimony of his clients’ liability and damages experts; the case settled
during voir dire following these
rulings under terms extremely favorable to his clients.
Societe D’Amenagement et de Gestion de L’Abri Nautique v. Marine Travelift, Inc., Case No. 16-CV-785 (E.D. Wis.)
Lead counsel for a French client seeking recognition of a French judgment that the client obtained after a protracted,
six-year lawsuit in France; obtained summary judgment to recognize the French
Judgment to allow Mr. Barton's client to initiate collection activities in the
United States; the district court's decision granting summary judgment in favor of Mr. Barton's client was nominated as one of the "Top Nine" federal court decisions interpreting Wisconsin law in the December 2018 edition of the "Wisconsin Lawyer."
Sonic Foundry, Inc. v. Astute Tech., LLC, Case No. 13-CV-00087 (W.D. Wis.)
Obtained dismissal on the pleadings of a patent infringement lawsuit against a technology client on personal jurisdiction
grounds. See 2013 WL 6148111 (W.D. Wis. Nov. 22, 2013)
State ex rel. Two Unnamed Petitioners v. Peterson, 2015 WI 85, cert. denied, 137 S. Ct. 77 (2016)
Successfully defended one of the Unnamed Movants in the State’s John Doe II
Investigation, which was halted and declared unconstitutional by the Wisconsin Supreme
Court; the arguments advanced by Mr. Barton in his briefing to the court were
subsequently adopted and codified into law by the Wisconsin Legislature. See Wis. Stat. § 968.26(5)(c) (codifying the Fourth
Amendment’s neutral-and-detached magistrate requirement into the John Doe statute
to prevent John Doe Judges from unilaterally issuing search warrants in the criminal
inquests they oversee).
United States v. Cerna et al., 676 F.3d 605 (7th Cir. 2012)
Argued before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in connection with the pro bono representation of a criminal defendant
to challenge the sentence he received for his role in an international fraud