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  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
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Barry S. Alberts

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Barry S. Alberts concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including general business litigation. He has been involved in a wide range of litigation matters in both federal and state courts, as well as in private arbitrations.

Mr. Alberts has represented corporations, corporate officers, and directors, as well as lawyers and law firms, in a wide variety of litigation matters in both federal and state courts. His practice has included the representation of lawyers and law firms in connection with professional liability claims, and in civil actions involving charges of common law fraud, securities fraud, violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), and breaches of fiduciary duties.  He also has experience in litigating trust and will contests and a wide variety of contract and common law business tort actions.

Publications

"Ethics Issues Faced by Lawyers and Investment Bankers in Mergers and Acquisitions: A Problem Approach and Report of Panel Discussion," 54 University of Miami Law Review 697 (2000)

Speeches and Presentations

Mr. Alberts frequently speaks at industry conferences and events. His most recent presentations include:

"Ethics for M&A Lawyers," 10th Annual Institute on Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Governance, New York, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2013)

"Limits on Who Can Be Interviewed after the Illinois Rule Change," Ethics Update: Illinois Rule 4.2 Changes, Releases and Representational Issues, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, Chicago, Ill. (June 25, 2013)

"Minding the Pole — New Attorney Professionalism and Ethics Guidance from the Field," ABA Section of Litigation Roundtable (May 15, 2013)

"When Do You Cross the Line? Counseling vs. Improper Facilitation of Client Wrongdoing," 33rd Annual Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, Northwestern Law, Chicago, Ill. (May 3, 2013)

"Ethical Issues Facing Attorneys in M&A and Related Transactions," Center for The Study of Mergers And Acquisitions, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, New York, N.Y. (September 21, 2012)

"Continuing Legal Education Seminar," Masco Corporation, Metamora, Mich. (June 21, 2012)

"The Attorney-Client Privilege and Relevant Legal Ethics Issues," Hill Rom, Inc., Batesville, Ind. (June 12, 2012)

"Ethics in Real Estate Transactions," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law, Chicago, Ill. (May 2, 2012)

"Conflicts of Interest," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Ill. (December 2, 2011)

"Some Common Ethical Challenges in the Practice of Law by In-House Counsel," North Shore General Counsel Association, Rosemont, Ill. (November 8, 2011)

"General Counsel-Alumni CLE Program," Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago, Ill. (November 3, 2011)

"Ethical Issues Facing Attorneys in M&A and Related Transactions," Center for The Study of Mergers And Acquisitions, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, New York, NY (October 14, 2011)

"Some Common Ethical Challenges in The Practice Of Law By In-House Counsel," CVS Caremark Corporation, Chicago Ill. (June 15, 2011)

"Ethics in Real Estate Transactions," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law, Chicago Ill. (May 11, 2011)

"The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine, and Relevant Legal Ethics Issues," U.S. Foodservice, Inc., Chicago Ill. (December 7, 2010)

"Ethics and Risk Management Seminar,” Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (October 13, 2010)

"Ethical Issues Facing Attorneys in M&A and Related Transactions," Center for The Study of Mergers And Acquisitions, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law, New York, NY (October 8, 2010)

"CLE Ethics Program," Legal Department Retreat, Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., Chicago, Ill. (June 16, 2010)

"Ethics in Real Estate Transactions," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law, Chicago Ill. (May 6, 2010)

"Ethical and Liability Issues for Law Firm and Corporate General Counsel,” Ray Garrett Jr. Corporate and Securities Law Institute, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, Ill. (April 30, 2010)

"The Attorney-Client Privilege in Litigation," Spring Forum, American College of Investment Counsel, Chicago, Ill. (April 29, 2010)

"Continuing Legal Education Ethics Program," National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations, Chicago, Ill. (July 10, 2009)

"Ethics of E-Discovery," The Third Annual National Institute on E-Discovery, American Bar Association Section of Litigation and The Center for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago Ill. (May 22, 2009)

"Ethics in Real Estate Transactions," The John Marshall Law School Center for Real Estate Law, Chicago Ill. (May 1, 2009)

"Some Common Ethical Problems and The Practice of Law," First Midwest Bank, Itasca, Ill. (November, 2008)

"Losing Focus: The Ethical and Fiduciary Implications of the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Roles," Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals CLE Program, Chicago, Ill. (November 19, 2008)

"Conflicts and Client Identification and Relevant Legal Ethics Issues," Corporation & Business Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Ill. (November 18, 2008)

"Some Common Ethical Problems and The Practice of Law," Department of Energy Contractor Attorneys' Association, Chicago, Ill. (November 7, 2008)

"The Accidental Attorney-Client Relationship, The Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Doctrine, and Relevant Legal Ethics issues," Deere & Company, Moline, Ill. (November 4, 2008)

"Large Law Firm [Ethics/Loss Prevention] Symposium," Aon Corporation, Chicago, Ill. (October 15, 2008)

"Some Common Ethical Problems and The Practice of Law," New York Life Insurance Company, New York, NY (September 10, 2008)

"Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest," Legal Ethics: Solutions to the Most Common  Challenges, National Business Institute, Chicago, Ill. (June 12, 2008)

Pro Bono Activities

Mr. Alberts has extensive pro bono litigation experience, including civil rights actions, prisoner rights actions and a death penalty post-conviction action.
 

Awards and Honors

American Law Institute
Illinois Super Lawyers — Professional Liability: Defense; Business Litigation
Laureate, Academy of Illinois Lawyers
Leading Lawyer - Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA — America's Leading Lawyers for Business
Leading Lawyer - Commercial Litigation; Professional Malpractice Defense, Illinois Leading Lawyers Network
AV Rated — Martindale-Hubbell
Who's Who in American Law

Education

University of Chicago Law School(J.D., 1971)
Miami University(B.A., cum laude, 1968)Phi Beta Kappa

Teaching Appointments

Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School (1995-present)
"The Legal Profession" course on the law and ethics of lawyering

Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law (1992-1996, 2006)
Courses in trial advocacy and legal ethics

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association
Section of Litigation
          Ethics and Professionalism Committee
                    Past Chair
          Trial Evidence Committee
                    Past Chair
Chicago Bar Association
Chicago Council of Lawyers