Dawn M Barrios
Class action Attorney at New Orleans, LA
Ms. Barrios is a founding partner of BKC, concentrating her work in the field of complex multi-district litigation, products liability litigation, mass torts, and class actions. In 2014, the New Orleans Bar Association presented her with the Arceneaux Professionalism Award; she is the first woman to ever receive the honor. In 2011, the judges of the Eastern District of Louisiana appointed Ms. Barrios to the Lawyers Disciplinary Committee, another honor in recognition of her reputation for her both excellent and ethical advocacy. In addition, Ms. Barrios has also been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer for 2014, an honor she has received every year since 2008. Super Lawyer Magazine has also named her one of the top 25 female lawyers in Louisiana.
Ms. Barrios graduated from Newcomb College in 1974 and from Tulane University School of Law in 1976. In her final year of law school, she received the Admiralty Law Institute Prize, and the American Jurisprudence Prize for Louisiana Civil Procedure. From 1976-1979 she clerked for Chief Justice Joe W. Sanders of the Louisiana Supreme Court, then joined Carl W. Cleveland and Associates, where she made partner in 1980. She co-founded BKC in 1995.
Since the mid-1990s starting with her role in the both the state and national breast implant product liability litigation, Ms. Barrios has been recognized as a leading attorney in the arena of complex products liability litigation. Judges across the country have appointed her to numerous litigation committees in products liability and mass tort consolidated cases, including being appointed Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in a multi-district litigation against an education testing company. She currently plays an integral role on the committees overseeing the defective Chinese drywall products liability litigation, the Toyota unintended acceleration litigation, the GM ignition switch litigation, the Actos products liability litigation, the testosterone replacement therapy litigation, and in the remaining cases in the Vioxx products liability litigation.
Currently, Ms. Barrios sits on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Association for Justice, is a Director of the New Orleans Bar Foundation, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.
Ms. Barrios is a native of New Orleans and is the proud mother of three sons, one of whom was made her law partner in 2014.
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