Barrie L. Brejcha

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Barrie Brejcha is a partner in the North American Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice Group. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and internal investigations, with 30 years of experience litigating matters in federal and state courts across the country and before federal regulatory agencies. 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 commercial litigation, corporate compliance and internal investigations. She is an experienced litigator who defends companies, officers and directors in high exposure 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 around 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.

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

  • Advises 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
  • Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois - Member
  • Chicago Bar Association - 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
  • 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," August 2011

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