Barry M. Landy


I strive to make the legal and broader community a better place. Every day, I share my passion for the law, community, and justice with my colleagues and clients. By working in collaborative teams, we tackle complex legal questions, identify potential problems, and find innovative solutions. We have a shared commitment to achieve excellence and we rely on each other—using our deeply honed skills—in hopes of achieving just results.


Barry Landy is a Ciresi Conlin LLP litigator. He has represented both businesses and individuals in complex civil cases, including breach of contract, fraud, financial services litigation, class actions, partnership disputes, and employment matters.  Barry has briefed motions and appeared in courts across the country both in federal and state court. Barry also has significant appellate experience and has drafted appellate briefs before the Minnesota Court of Appeals, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has also conducted a number of internal investigations of corporations related to allegations of fraud and embezzlement.

Barry’s experience also includes a federal court judicial clerkship for the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson, United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Additionally, Barry is an active member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, currently serving as the co-chair of the Civil Litigation Section. Barry has also provided many hours of pro bono service to the community as a volunteer attorney for the Minnesota Advocates for the Human Rights, Twin Cities Pride, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. Barry is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School where he was an articles editor of the Minnesota Law Review and a student director of the University of Minnesota’s Workers’ Rights Legal Clinic. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Selected Case Results

Negotiated a $27 million settlement in a royalty fee dispute, with Jan Conlin and Heather McElroy, which was scheduled for arbitration.  (2019)

Obtained a $12.5 million settlement as Co-Lead Class Counsel for ERISA Plaintiffs in Carver v. The Bank New York Mellon (S.D.N.Y.). Co-Lead Class Counsel representing ERISA participants, beneficiaries, and trustees that held American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) for which the Bank of New York Mellon (“BNYM”) acted as a depositary bank. Won a contested motion for interim-lead co-counsel and prevailed over BNYM’s motion to dismiss on an issue of “first impression” under ERISA law. (see Carver v. BNYM, 2017 WL 1208598 (S.D.N.Y. 2017).) Following substantial and highly contested fact and expert discovery, including review of nearly three million pages of documents, taking or defending 24 depositions, briefing a motion for class certification, opposing summary judgment, and exchanging multiple rounds of expert reports, successfully obtained a settlement on behalf of the Class for $12.5 million, which the Court approved in May 2019. (2019)

Represented manufacturer of unmanned air systems and drone system technology to recoup unpaid funds of $1.3 million from a utility company in breach of the parties’ contract. (2018)

Represented a fortune 500 company being investigated by the SEC for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”). The case ended with a resolution and settlement with terms favorable to the client.

Represented an individual under investigation by CFA institute alleging the client solicited clients when he changed jobs in violation of the CFA Institutes Rules. Obtained dismissal of the investigation without referral for an investigatory hearing.

Represented pro bono client against allegations of breach of contract claiming damages over $800,000. The case ended with a settlement with terms favorable to the client.

Represented President of Higher Education Institution in obtaining a favorable resolution related to the President’s employment agreement. (2016)

Represented broker-dealer in a FINRA arbitration related to allegations of an unsuitable investment recommendation and lack of supervision by the broker-dealer.

Performed internal investigations of clients regarding allegations of improper marketing materials and wire fraud.

Represented a company in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois that coordinates the manufacture and distribution of Chinese-manufactured goods to customers throughout the world. Defended the company against 16 claims, including breach of contract, breach of warranties, fraud, trademark infringement, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices and patent infringement. Also brought a breach-of-contract counterclaim against the Plaintiff. The case ended with a settlement with terms favorable to the client.

Represented a former in-house counsel in an investigation by the United States in connection with a grand jury subpoena issued by the government seeking testimony about fraud that allegedly occurred at the client’s former employer related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Represented a Fortune 500 company in complying with subpoenas related to a government investigation involving allegations of consumer fraud.

Represented an individual alleged by the United States to have committed wire fraud in plea negotiations with the District of Minnesota’s United States Attorneys’ Office and sentencing in the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. The client obtained the minimum sentence under the federal sentencing guidelines.

Represented Twin Cities Pride in a legal battle against the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board regarding First Amendment claims at the annual Pride Festival. Reached a settlement with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board with terms favorable to our client.

Represented a prominent Somali journalist in his efforts to obtain asylum in the United States. The client had endured many verbal and physical attacks because of his job, was forced to flee his homeland after his colleagues were murdered by terrorists, and yet still spoke of journalism as a voice for those who are silenced by fear of persecution. Assisted the client in preparing his affirmative asylum application to the United States Department of Homeland Security and participated in an interview with government officials regarding his application. The United States granted his asylum application in May 2012.

Case results before 2016 were achieved while Barry was at a former firm.


Named to Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch for Commercial Litigation (2021)

Named an “Up & Coming Attorney,” Minnesota Lawyer (2020)

Named a “Minnesota Rising Star,” Super Lawyers (2019, 2020)

Named to Benchmark Litigation “40 & Under Hot List” (formerly “Under 40 Hot List”) of leading national litigators (2019, 2020)

  • Read more about Barry’s selection to the 2019 40 & Under Hot List here.


**Being named to a list or receiving an award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.

Community Service

Co-Chair, Hennepin County Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section

Member, Federal Bar Association Federal Practice Seminar Committee

Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Attorney.

Sections Representative, Board of Directors of the Hennepin County Bar Association

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Meet HCBA Member Barry Landy, February 21, 2020, Hennepin County Bar Association


“Deterring Fraud to Increase Public Confidence: Why Congress Should Allow Government Employees to File Qui Tam Lawsuits,” 94 Minnesota Law Review 1239 (2010)

“The Civil Litigation Section: Revitalizing to Better Serve You,” The Hennepin Lawyer Magazine (December 2016)

“Chapter Hosts Successful 2017 Federal Practice Seminar,” Bar Talk, Minnesota Federal Bar Association Newsletter (Sept. 11, 2017).