Barrie L. Brejcha

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Barrie Brejcha is a partner in the North American Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on litigation of complex business disputes, corporate compliance and internal investigations. She joined Baker McKenzie in 1990, following a clerkship in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Focus

Barrie has resolved a broad range of complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout the United States, with particular focus on securities and antitrust laws and regulations. She defends companies, directors and officers in securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation, and in government enforcement investigations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. She guides clients with responses to investigations, inspections and examinations by government regulators, related disclosures and follow-up remediation.

Barrie advises organizations, at management and board levels, on the identification and mitigation of industry-related risk, including competition, anti-corruption (including FCPA) and other legal compliance matters. She works with clients to develop and implement risk-appropriate compliance programs and procedures. She has conducted internal investigations, both domestically and internationally, involving antitrust, anti-corruption, business ethics, corporate codes of conduct and other highly sensitive compliance and workplace issues.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Conducts internal investigations to address a wide variety of regulatory compliance issues, including antitrust and competition, anticorruption (including FCPA), business ethics, corporate codes of conduct and other compliance issues across industries

  • Defended pension fund consulting firm in high-profile civil litigation alleging USD 95 million in losses to LACERS' securities lending portfolio

  • Defended national brokerage firm in multidistrict antitrust litigation and parallel investigations by the SEC and DOJ into NASDAQ market-making activities

  • Advised aerospace and defense contractor regarding FCPA and anti-corruption compliance in connection with mergers, acquisitions, third-party engagements and offset projects

  • Defended former CFO of financial services company in securities class action litigation alleging misrepresentation and failure to disclose material aspects of company's finances and operations. Interfaced with the company's D & O insurer to secure coverage

  • Defended publicly-listed steel company in securities class action litigation and SEC investigation involving allegations of improper revenue recognition

  • Defended former officer of waste disposal and recycling company in two SEC investigations and enforcement action involving charges of insider trading and accounting fraud

  • Defended broker-dealers in trial and appellate courts throughout the U.S. in class actions challenging the industrywide practice of receipt of payments in exchange for order flow

Judicial Clerkship

  • Judge Suzanne B. Conlon, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1988-1989)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation - Member
    • Securities Litigation Committee - Co-Chair (2007 - 2010)
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section - Member


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit~United States (1986)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States (1985)
  • Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois (1994)
  • Illinois~United States (1985)


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (JD , Law Journal) (1985)
  • Northwestern University (BA , Political Science) (1982)


  • English

Co-author, "D&O Liability for Data Breaches by Third-Party Service Providers," Baker McKenzie Connect On Tech, 11 May 2020

Co-author, "Securities Claims and Government Investigations Relating to COVID-19: D&O Coverage Considerations," Baker McKenzie Client Alert, 23 April 2020

Author, "Collateral Civil Litigation: Strategic Considerations During an FCPA Investigation," Inside the FCPA, Autumn 2014

Co-author, "Critical Securities Litigation and D&O Insurance Issues for U.S. Listed Chinese Companies," Baker McKenzie Client Alert, August 2011

Co-author, "The Subprime Crisis: Investigating and Defending Disputes," ABA Securities Litigation Journal, Winter 2008