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I specialize in tort (including products liability, business torts, and privacy issues) and complex commercial litigation law. I have also represented clients in a number of class action, antitrust, insurance, and constitutional law cases and counseled clients on e-discovery issues.
I have wide-ranging experience in complex litigation and I regularly litigate and counsel clients on issues arising in the media, communications, consumer products, chemical, mining, aviation, construction, finance, and insurance industries. I have unique experience in the use of, and challenges to, expert testimony including in the fields of science, medicine, economics, finance, and accounting. Among others, I have successfully argued and authored briefs resulting in the exclusion of unqualified and improper expert opinions. See Bowen v. DuPont, 2005 WL 1952859 (Del. Super. Ct. June 23, 2005), aff’d, 906 A.2d 787 (Del. 2006). I have also authored several articles addressing Daubert standards to keep “junk” expert testimony out of the court room. Martindale-Hubbell has recognized me with a BV® peer-review rating.
Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, I was a judicial clerk for the Honorable William O. Bertelsman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. During that clerkship, I also served as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law. I previously taught legal research and writing at George Mason University School of Law. Before attending law school, I worked as a business consultant for major systems consulting company and as a financial analyst for a mid-Atlantic telecommunications company.
Education and Bar Memberships
I received my J.D., with distinction (magna cum laude equivalent), from the George Mason University School of Law in 1995. In law school, I was Editor-in-Chief of the George Mason Law Review and a Dean’s Scholar. I also have a M.B.A. from The American University (1990) and a B.S. in Economics from King’s College (1987).
Commitment to Diversity and Public Service
I am an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and active in service to the community. I have served on Crowell & Moring's Recruiting, Associate, Summer Associate, Diversity, and Diversity Scholarship Committees. In 2004, I was a member of the Advisory Panel for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s (“MCCA”) Annual Meeting. At that conference, I addressed law firm efforts to include gay and lesbian attorneys in their diversity efforts. I have also participated in numerous other MCCA and DRI diversity conferences and meetings.
For seven years, I was a member of Whitman Walker Clinic’s Legal Services Operating Committee. I previously served on the Washington, D.C. AidsWalk CORE Committee for Legal Services and I regularly represent pro bono clients in child custody, guardianship, and civil rights matters. I also serve as a mentor to several law students. In recognition of his Firm and community activities, in 2004, 2006, and 2007, I was a recipient of Crowell & Moring’s Firm Citizenship Award and in 2006 he received Crowell & Moring’s Pro Bono Award.
For more information, including a listing of my representative matters, please go to http://www.crowell.com/Professionals/Barry-Parsons.
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|VA||Authorized to practice law||1995||03/31/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|BV peer review rating||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Counsel||Crowell & Moring LLP||1996 - Present|
|Judicial Clerk, Chief Judge William Bertelsman||United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky||1995 - 1996|
|10:1 MEALEY’S DAUBERT RPT. 1||The Growing Role of Litigation Science||2006|
|Use of Toxicology in Tort Litigation: A National Survey||Chapters on District of Columbia, North and South Dakota||2005|
|6:1 TEX. R. L. & POL. 137||Responsible Public Policy Supports An End to the Hemorrhaging Effect Of Punitive Damages In Asbestos Cases||2001|
|34:4 MICH. J. L. REF. 1||Daubert’s Backwash: Litigation-Generated Science||2001|
|LDRC LIBEL LETTER 29||Judicial Nullification of State Tort Reform: The Problem and Some Solutions||1999|
|LEADER’S PRODUCT LIABILITY LAW & STRATEGY 4||Judicial Nullification of Legislative Action Continues||1998|
|7 LITIGATION AND LEGAL ETHICS 34||An Attorney's Duty to Disclose Evidence of Document Destruction: How Much Evidence Must the Attorney Disclose?||1997|
|2 GEO. MASON. INDEP. L. REV. 457||Bottoms v. Bottoms: Erasing the Presumption Favoring the Natural Parent — What Makes This Mother Unfit?||1994|
|George Mason University School of Law||N/A||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|The American University||N/A||Masters of Business Administration||1990|
|King's College||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|
|American Conference Institute’s Chemical Products Liability Litigation Conference||Use of Chemical Exposure Studies in Litigation||2006|
|Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s National Conference||Managing Inclusively — Supporting the Invisible Bar||2004|
|Council of Scientific Society Presidents||Litigation Generated Science||2003|