Mr. Barrett is outside counsel to major national communications companies. He is extensively involved with a wide range of regulatory activities and routinely handles right-of-way issues, regulatory licensing, franchise renewals, transfers of regulatory licenses and other regulatory compliance and approval matters. Mr. Barrett has also participated in agency rule-making and related proceedings and has successfully negotiated settlements in major compliance investigations and enforcement actions.
Mr. Barrett also maintains a robust commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement practice, representing private clients in both routine and complex business disputes and companies and individuals under investigation by the SEC and FINRA.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Barrett was affiliated with an AmLaw 100 law firm in New York, New York for nine years, where he represented clients in myriad complex litigation and White Collar civil defense matters. Mr. Barrett has represented issuers and underwriters in high-profile securities litigations, numerous clients in connection with complex contract disputes, acquiring and target companies in M&A litigations, and companies conducting internal investigations—including investigations of senior executives’ compliance with fiduciary duties, alleged violations of securities and banking regulations, alleged violations of U.S. tax law by a foreign financial institution, electronic trading practices on the Bats stock exchange, and much more.
Mr. Barrett’s broad litigation experience includes representing clients before federal and state courts, mediations and arbitrations, and in matters before the DOJ, SEC, FINRA and the Board of the Federal Reserve.
Mr. Barrett received his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to commencing his legal career, Mr. Barrett earned a Ph.D and M.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and received his undergraduate degree, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania where he also majored in English.