Barry McNeil


From his early days as a federal antitrust prosecutor to his 30 years with Haynes and Boone, Barry McNeil has been an aggressive advocate on behalf of clients. Companies and executives turn to Barry because of his experience and capability to take on the most complex and difficult engagements.

Barry has successfully represented his clients in numerous jury trials, in matters ranging from civil and criminal conspiracy, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, RICO, securities and antitrust offenses. One of those cases prompted the National Law Journal to recognize Barry and his colleagues for a “slam-dunk defense verdict,” calling it the “Biggest Defense Verdict of 1999.”

In 2014, clients under Barry’s legal care were victorious in two different matters. In one, his team secured a take-nothing award in its representation of a private equity fund where damages in excess of $17 million were sought. When the fund was charged with breaching its fiduciary duty, Barry’s team mounted a high-energy game plan that resulted in the adversary dismissing the lawsuit and bearing its own fees and expenses.

Also in 2014, Barry and his team brought to an end a three-year antitrust investigation of a Canadian financial institution charged with violating both federal and state antitrust laws. Federal and state agencies had hoped to bring criminal charges and civil penalty damages. Neither criminal nor civil charges were ultimately sought and the Canadian bank reached an out-of-court settlement for insubstantial amounts. For this and other work, Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, ranks Barry as a leading practitioner in antitrust law in Texas (2006-2016) and nationally (2015).

Public and private companies when faced with claims of misconduct often call upon the talent and experience of Barry, co-editor of the widely published handbook, Internal Corporate Investigations.

Barry is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former Chair of the Litigation Section of the ABA. He teaches White Collar Crime and Policy at both the University of Texas School of Law and Southern Methodist University School of Law.

Barry looks to his representation of Jesus Ramirez and Alberto Sifuentes as his proudest professional moment. The two indigent Mexican nationals were wrongly convicted and sentenced to life for a murder they did not commit. In their seventh year of representing the two men, Barry and his team brought justice to Ramirez and Sifuentes after three weeks of trial. Barry was there when the two men were freed from prison after serving 12 long years.


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Featured in Best Lawyers in America 2017

Best Lawyers in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S., has recognized 108 Haynes and Boone lawyers across more than 50 practice areas in the 2017 edition.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc., August 2017


Professional and Community Activities

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association--Chair, Litigation Section (1996-97)
  • Adjunct Professor, White Collar Crime, University of Texas School of Law and SMU School of Law
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Center for American and International Law
  • Chair, Investment Committee, The Center for American and International Law
  • Member, Board of Visitors, UNT Law School


Chambers USA | Haynes and Boone, LLP

Haynes and Boone Retains Strong Showing in Chambers USA 2016 Rankings

Haynes and Boone, LLP has again been honored in the annual Chambers USA 2016 directory. The widely-respected legal publication singled out 19 firm practice groups and 51 individual lawyers for recognition.

Published by Chambers & Partners in May 2016

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a "2016 Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., in Litigation - Antitrust, 2016
  • Recognized by Chambers Global, Chambers & Partners, for both U.S. antitrust and U.S. competition/antitrust, 2015; highlighted as a Senior Statesman in Antitrust: Cartel, 2016
  • Recognized as a "2015 Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation by Best Lawyers, Woodward/White, Inc., 2015
  • Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., in Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation; White-Collar Criminal Defense; Bet-the-Company Litigation (2010-2016), Litigation - Antitrust, Litigation - Mergers & Acquisitions, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy) (2012-2016) Litigation - Securities (2016)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA, Chambers & Partners, as a leading practitioner in Antitrust law nationwide, 2015, and in Texas, 2006-2016
  • Named of the Best Lawyers in Dallas by D Magazine, D Magazine Partners, for Antitrust, 2008-2009, 2011-2015; White Collar, 2016
  • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, in Antitrust Litigation, 2007-2015; Business Litigation; Criminal Defense: White Collar, 2015
  • Recognized as a Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Region Super Lawyer and a Top 100 Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2010-2013
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers' Dallas Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year," Woodward/White, Inc., 2011 and 2013
  • AV® Peer Review Rated Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory

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