Barry F. McNeilPartner
Mr. McNeil has more than 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer, with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice and in private practice. He defends companies and senior officers before juries throughout the country in corporate and antitrust criminal prosecutions and parallel civil proceedings and class proceedings. He also represents lawyers and law firms in civil and criminal proceedings.
Over the years he has, in jury trials, prosecuted and defended cases involving civil and criminal fraud, civil and criminal conspiracy, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, RICO, DTPA and state common law claims. In The National Law Journal's "Biggest Defense Verdict of 1999", Mr. McNeil led the successful defense of a national health care provider, winning a "slam-dunk defense verdict" in a fraud and conspiracy case. (NLJ, May 22, 2000.) Other trials involving charges of RICO, conspiracy, commercial bribery and fraud have resulted in take-nothing judgments on claimed losses of millions of dollars.
Mr. McNeil has been recognized by Chambers USA from 2006-2011 as a leading practitioner in antitrust law in Texas. Over the last decade, Mr. McNeil has represented companies and executives in numerous international pricing cartel cases in the vitamins, graphite electrodes, food flavor enhancers, food and feed additives, D-RAM, and LCD and CRT industries. He annually addresses U.S. lawyers and foreign enforcement authorities on the defense of international pricing cartels at the ABA's International Antitrust Forum.
He represents Fortune 500 companies in Internal Corporate Investigations and in proceedings before the SEC and the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and in lawsuits involving claims of monopolization, price fixing, healthcare fraud and securities violations. Mr. McNeil is ranked as one of fifteen top litigators in the trial bar by International Commercial Litigation, as one of ten top lawyers in Texas by Texas Monthly, and as one of three top antitrust lawyers in Dallas, Texas by D Magazine. He was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer in Antitrust Litigation fron 2009-2010 and as one of The Best Lawyers in America in Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation; White-Collar Criminal Defense (Woodward/White, Inc., 2005-2011). He also is recognized as a Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region Super Lawyer (2010).
He is co-editor of the Third Edition of the widely published handbook: Internal Corporate Investigations. Mr. McNeil is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former Chair of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association.
Mr. McNeil led a pro bono team of Haynes and Boone attorneys in a seven-year effort on behalf of two indigent Mexican nationals wrongly convicted and given life sentences for a murder they could not have committed. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered that both defendants be given new trials, a grand jury declined to indict, setting them free after 12 years in prison.
For the team's effort, Haynes and Boone was awarded the 2008 W. Frank Newton Award for outstanding pro bono work.
Joined the Law Firm in: 1984
Areas of Practice
- Antitrust and Competition
- Business Litigation
- False Claims Act/Qui Tam
- Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
- Government Investigations
- Health Care Fraud and Abuse
- Internal Corporate Investigations
- International Cartels
- Litigation/Trial Practice
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- SEC Enforcement
- White Collar Criminal Defense
- J.D., The University of Texas, 1969
- B.A., Texas Tech University, 1966