Stephen Barry represents companies, accounting firms, individuals, and organizations in a wide range of regulatory and litigation matters, including:
- Government investigations, including Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), and state attorneys general inquiries
- Internal investigations
- Securities class actions
- Shareholder derivative lawsuits
- Securities counseling
Mr. Barry regularly represents clients simultaneously in both investigations and related civil litigation. This parallel representation ensures an efficient and comprehensive “global” strategy that accounts for the impact that decisions and developments in one matter may have on the other.
As a versatile and well-rounded litigator, Mr. Barry skillfully handles all aspects of a client’s needs — from early-stage pre-emptive counseling, to fact-finding and analysis, to written and oral advocacy. He manages complex internal investigations and defends clients in high-stakes regulatory enforcement matters related to accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, and compliance with securities laws and regulations. And his litigation record — including in high-profile, bet-the-company lawsuits — ranges from first-chair trial experience to appeals before the US Supreme Court and numerous state and federal appellate courts.
Mr. Barry represents a diverse spectrum of clients spanning the energy, education, consumer retail, financial services, online media, telecommunications, biotechnology, and defense industries.
He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing clients in immigration proceedings.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Barry served as a law clerk to Judge Henry E. Hudson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and completed multiple internships at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.