Born and raised in Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Mich., Barry Conybeare attended high school at Lake Michigan Catholic. He graduated from (and is a big fan of) the University of Michigan (B.A., 1988). Barry received his law degree, magna cum laude, from DePaul University College of Law (J.D., 1992).
After graduating from law school, Barry worked in Chicago as a commercial litigation associate with one of the world’s largest law firms, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. In 1994, after nearly two years with Skadden, Barry, and his wife Jody, moved home to Southwest Michigan. There he began practicing law with his father, Bruce Conybeare, at Conybeare Law Office.
Barry’s practice focuses on all aspects of personal injury law, including: auto collisions; medical, hospital and nursing home malpractice; product liability; insurance claims and most other injury cases. Best Lawyers in America© named Barry the 2013 and 2017 Lawyer of the Year for Plaintiffs Personal Injury in the Kalamazoo Region (Southwest Michigan).
Barry is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Michigan and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of both states. He is also admitted to practice in various federal courts, including the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and Northern District of Indiana.
Since 2008, Barry has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and since 2009 as a Michigan Super Lawyer. He has the highest peer-review rating of “AV” for professional ability and ethical standards by Martindale-Hubbell, a national directory of lawyers, and is recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Michigan. Barry is also a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates – Michigan Chapter.
He is active with the Michigan Association for Justice, serving on its board of directors since 2003. Barry also served consecutive 3-year terms on the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Candidate Interview Committee for Southwest Michigan. Other professional affiliations include membership in the Berrien County Bar Association (2016-2017 President), State Bar of Michigan, American Association for Justice and Michigan Association for Justice.
Barry has spoken on a variety of topics to many groups of lawyers, including the Michigan Association for Justice, the Illinois and Indiana Trial Lawyers Associations and the Michigan Defense Trial Lawyer Association. He co-authored a chapter on personal injury claims in “The Effective Associate Training and Development Program,” a publication of the American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education.
Barry is active in political, civic and community affairs. Previously, he has been on the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation Fund Development Committee, the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan, Planned Parenthood Mid-Michigan Alliance, Curious Kids’ Museum, Lake Michigan College Foundation and Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club. Barry has served as a Trustee on the St. Joseph Public Schools Board of Education since 2016 and is currently the Board President.
When not in the office, Barry enjoys spending time with his wife Jody, and their four children. An avid golfer, he served as the 5-term president of the board of directors of the Point O’ Woods Golf & Country Club (2008-2013).
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1995||04/21/2021|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1992||03/13/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Lawyer of the Year Plaintiffs Personal Injury Kalamazoo Region||Best Lawyers in America||2017|
|Lawyer of the Year Plaintiffs Personal Injury Kalamazoo Region||Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|The Order of the Coif||N/A||1992|
|Top 1st Year Law Student in Con Law, Civ Pro and Legal Writing||Lawyer's Cooperative Publishing Company/ Bancroft-Whitney Company||1989|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Best Lawyer Plaintiffs Personal Injury Kalamazoo Region||Best Lawyers in America||N/A|
|Michigan Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||N/A|
|Tier 1 Ranking Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation||US News Best Lawyers Best Law Firms||N/A|
|Leading Lawyer Personal Injury Law||Leading Lawyers||N/A|
|Attorney-Owner||Conybeare Law Office P.C.||1994 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom||1992 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Board of Trial Advocates (Michigan Chapter)||Member||2019 - Present|
|St. Joseph Public Schools Board of Directors||President||2019 - Present|
|St. Joseph Public Schools Board of Directors||Trustee||2016 - Present|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||2002 - Present|
|Michigan Association for Justice||Member||2001 - Present|
|Michigan Association For Justice, Executive Board of Directors||Board Member||2001 - Present|
|Berrien County Bar Association||Member||1994 - Present|
|State Bar of Michigan||Member||1994 - Present|
|Berrien County Bar Association||President-Elect||2015 - 2016|
|ABA Continuing Legal Education||Plaintiff's PI Chapter for The Effective Associate Training and Development Program||2005|
|DePaul University College of Law||Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude||1992|
|University of Michigan||Bachelor of Arts||1988|
|Seminar in the Snow||$2 Million Cass County Verdict and Low-Cost Focus Groups||2020|
|Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Telephonic Seminar||Michigan Auto Law - The McCormick Decision||2010|
|Michigan Auto No Fault Institute||PIP Benefits for Non-Michigan Residents in Michigan Wrecks||2010|
|Illinois Rights and Remedies Seminar||Michigan Auto No Fault Overview||2010|
|Michigan Rapid Fire Seminar||Defaults - How to Use Them to your Advantage||2008|
|Indiana Personal Injury Seminar||Overview of Michigan Personal Injury Law||2008|
|Indiana Auto Seminar||Michigan Auto No Fault Overview||2007|
|Michigan Trial Lawyers Association CD Materials||10 Winning Closing Arguments||2005|
|Michigan Auto No Fault Seminar||Economic Loss Claims in Mich Auto Cases||2005|
|Michigan Auto No Fault Seminar||Proving Your Client's Injury Meets the No-Fault Threshold?||2003|
|Michigan Rapid Fire Seminar||Exposing the Surveillance Defense -- Discovery of Videos and Reports||2002|
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