Barrie L. Brejcha

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Barrie Brejcha is a partner in the North America Litigation & Government Enforcement practice group. She has represented clients in federal and state courts throughout the country and appeared before the US Securities and Exchange Commission and US Department of Justice. She joined Baker McKenzie in 1990, following a clerkship in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Focus

Barrie concentrates her practice on complex business disputes, corporate compliance and internal investigations. She is an experienced litigator who defends companies, officers and directors in high stakes securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation and parallel enforcement actions by the SEC and DOJ. She conducts internal investigations and advises companies on anti-corruption issues and due diligence in corporate transactions, including mergers, joint ventures and strategic alliances throughout the world.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Represents D & O insurer of energy and utility companies in the resolution of coverage claims involving high-exposure securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation.

  • Conducted internal investigations to address possible violations of the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws for companies in a variety of industries, including defense, communications, public relations, software, technology and transit freight forwarding.

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

  • 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.

  • 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 Taiwanese company and one of its directors in securities fraud litigation and appeal regarding the constitutionality of the Foreign Private Issuer Exemption.

  • 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 corporate fraud.

  • Defended broker-dealers in trial and appellate courts throughout the US 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, Litigation Section - Member
  • Securities Litigation Committee - Co-Chair
    (2007 - 2010)
  • American Bar Association, Business Law Section - Member
  • Chicago Bar Association - Member
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois - Trial Bar Member

Corporate Responsibility

  • PAWS Chicago - Development Board Member
  • Baker McKenzie LLP - Robert L. Berner, Jr. Pro Bono Award of Excellence (2017); R.E.D. Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Contribution (2015)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit~United States (1990)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit~United States (1986)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois~United States (1985)
  • Illinois~United States (1985)


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


  • English


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," August 2011

Co-author, "Extraterritorial Jurisdiction After Morrison v. National Australia Bank and Dodd Frank," July 2011

Co-author, "Retroactive Application of Dodd-Frank in SEC Enforcement Proceedings," March 2011

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