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R Joseph Barton

Employee benefits Attorney at Washington, DC

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Learn R’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Employee benefits
    65%
    My practice involves representing employees in disputes concerning calculation of their pensions, employees and/or fiduciaries/trustees in investment of 401k or pension plans, breach of fiduciary duties and/or self-dealing involving their pension, 401k and ESOP plans.

    21 years

  2. Employment and labor
    15%
    My employment practice focuses primarily in representing veterans asserting their USERRA rights against their employers or pension plans.

    12 years

  3. Military law
    15%
    My employment practice focuses primarily in representing veterans asserting their USERRA rights against their employers or pension plans.

    12 years

  4. Securities and investment fraud
    5%
    I have represented investors in cases involving fraud and other corporate malfeasance regarding their investments in both publicly traded stock and other investments (e.g. hedge funds).

    15 years

Licensed for 21 years
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 2002
Updated 06/08/2022
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 09/15/2022

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Block & Leviton LLP
1735 20th St NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Block & Leviton LLP
155 Federal Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA, 02110
Block & Leviton LLP
610 16th Street, Suites 214-216
Oakland, CA, 94612
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Posted by Xing Li Andrew | July 11, 2017
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Very fortunate to find Mr. Barton thru Avvo
Among the answers to my questions, Mr. Barton's answer was the most concrete with reference to relevant court rulings. I initiated contact with Mr. Barton to explore my options, and I was extremely impressed by how he responded to my inquiries and questions. I have since decided to hire Mr. Barton to represent me for my case.
Posted by Ryan | May 21, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
liberty life class action suit
Mr. Barton and his team brought dignity and respect for veterans who became disabled through their service by bringing suit against Liberty Life for off-setting VA benefits, per contract with a civilian employer. Much gratitude and appreciation for their hard work .
Posted by Nannette | December 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Employee Benefits (ESOP) Class Action Lawsuit
In 2007, I searched for an attorney based on an ESOP transaction occurring at my place of employment that would affect about 175 people, I happened upon Mr Barton and his firm. From the first e-mail I sent to him requesting help, I was made to feel comfortable, and that he potentially may have an interest in looking into further. There was a large geographical distance between the east coast, from where he was to the mid-west, where I was, but he always made me feel like he was right next door. This ESOP transaction eventually turned out to be an extraordinary complex case, unlike any other, which included numerous depositions, trials & appeals, not once did Joe give up. He believed in the case and took every step along the way to explain what was happening, could happen, and what could or could not be expected, not to mention the numerous trips made from the east coast to the mid-west to meet with myself and the other Plaintiffs. He made sure we had the best representation at the trials, with witnesses that he traveled to interview, touching 3 corners of the US, gathering experts with vast knowledge, and always with the utmost professionalism. This was a case that was based on a contingency, and lasted 8 years, with its share of ups and downs, and not once did the level of representation by Joe and his team skip a beat. Who would do that? Never knowing if he'd ever see any monetary reimbursement for himself and his firm after all the hours, days, weeks, months, years and expense he put forth in this case. Joe did! His dedication, expertise, knowledge of the law and regard for humanity, earned him and those he worked so hard for, victory.
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Posted by Tim | December 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The LaBow case
Joe came to our rescue almost 5 years ago when our company went bankrupt and we needed to carry on our action against a bad pension fund investment manager. I sat with Joe for a two week federal trial and come to appreciate his preparedness, his professionalism and his ability to think on his feet. He has treated us with curtesy, exhibited much patience and has been a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by shastaroze26 | July 3, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Partion case
Thank you so much for providing me with the information I needed for my boyfriend to see " That he needs a Attorney "! Yes you were right it is a partition case, and he definitely does need an attorney. Again I thank you so very much. Margaret Boyer

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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Lenore C. Nesbitt
  • United States District Court SD Fla
  • 2000 - 2001

Education

  • College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • College of William and Mary
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991

Legal Cases

  • Severstal Wheeling, Inc. Retirement Committee et al v. WPN Corp. (S.D.N.Y.)
  • $15 Million Judgment in Favor of Fiduciary Plaintiffs
  • Chesemore v. Alliance Holdings (W.D. Wis)
  • $17.2 Million Trial Decision in Favor of Employee-Plaintiffs

Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Co-chair on Civil Procedure for the Employee Benefits Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Publications Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Co-chair, Class Action Litigation Group
  • 2014 - 2016
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chair, Employment Rights Section
  • 2013 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Washington D.C. SuperLawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • ABA ERISA Basics
  • Drafting ERISA Complaints & Motions to Dismiss
  • 2014
  • ABA ERISA Basics
  • ERISA Claims: Standing, Jurisdiction and Preemption
  • 2014
  • ABA Joint Committe on Employee Benefits, ERISA Litigation
  • Employer Stock: Public & Private-Held ESOPs
  • 2013
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