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About Me

Barry Abbott concentrates his practice on financial services, general corporate, payments and e-commerce law. Barry has represented numerous international and domestic institutions and has extensive experience in corporate law and financial services, including new product development, bank regulatory (and payment) issues, insurance law, and non-profit law. He has also been extremely active in e-commerce matters and has represented established companies and start-ups (including crowdfunding, peer-to-peer, and gaming companies) in all aspects of their Internet and e-commerce businesses.


Barry has been named by The Best Lawyers in America® for his expertise in Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, and Insurance Law. He has also been named as Seattle's "Best Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 and 2015 in Financial Services Regulatory Law and as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in business/corporate law by Super Lawyers magazine. Barry is an elected fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Service Lawyers, a professional association of lawyers particularly skilled and experienced in handling consumer financial services matters.


Practice Areas


  1. Banking: 35%
  2. Business: 30%
  3. Federal Regulation: 15%
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 15%
  5. Insurance: 5%

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Contact Info

Lane Powell PC

1420 5th Avenue, Suite 4200
P.O. Box 91302
Seattle, WA, 98111-9402


NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015
DCActive 198505/24/2015
FLMember in Good Standing197509/08/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Banking and Finance Law, Corporate LawThe Best Lawyers in America2013
Award of MeritBar Association of San Francisco2011
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2006
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2005
Northern California Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2004
Award of MeritBar Association of San Francisco2004
Award of MeritBar Association of San Francisco1985
Peer Review Rated “AV”Martindale-HubbellN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Counsel to the FirmLane Powell2013 - Present
Counsel, Financial Services and Corporate and SecuritiesArnold & Porter LLP (and predecessor, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C.)2012 - 2013
Chief Legal OfficerThe REX Group2006 - 2009
Of CounselArnold & Porter LLP (and predecessor, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C.)2006 - 2011
Adjunct Faculty MemberUC Berkeley School of Law (University of California, Berkeley)1998 - 1999
DirectorArnold & Porter LLP (and predecessor, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C.)1994 - 2006
PartnerMorrison & Foerster LLP1983 - 1994
AssociateMorrison & Foerster LLP1977 - 1983
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory CouncilFormer MemberN/A
American College of Consumer Financial Services LawyersFellowN/A
Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance LawMemberN/A
Consumer Credit Committee of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory CouncilFormer Member and ChairmanN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Mergers & Acquisitions and Banking LawSuccessful
Payments and E-commerceSuccessful
Non-Profit and Corporate LawSuccessful
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Publication NameTitleDate
Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report“The Nuts and Bolts of a REX Agreement”2007
Annual Review of Banking and Financial Law“Financial Privacy and the California Experience”2004
Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal“The Financial Modernization Act: The Dawn of a New Era”2000
Review of Banking & Financial Services“Privacy and the Fair Credit Reporting Act”1997
Prentice Hall Law & BusinessTruth in Lending: A Comprehensive GuideN/A
Oklahoma City University Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 1;“The Truth in Lending Act After 15 Years: Its Goals and Its Limitations”N/A
Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1.“A Proposal to Revise the Forms of California Summons”N/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stanford UniversityN/AN/A1977
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Dartmouth CollegeN/AN/A1972
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
International Seminar on Consumer Litigation in Japan, the U.S. and China"Class-Action and Cross-Border Lawsuits"2012
American Bar Association National Institute“Fair Lending and Property Insurance Access”1995