Barry M. Klayman concentrates his practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, fiduciary and corporate governance, and bankruptcy. He represents clients in many industries, including manufacturing, environmental services, financial and professional services, software manufacturers, publishers, retailers, real estate developers, and real estate brokers.
Barry has extensive jury trial experience in Pennsylvania and Delaware, and has handled numerous jury trial cases, including a case that was reputed at the time to have been the longest civil jury trial in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas history.
Barry’s corporate governance practice involves representing corporations, directors, officers, stockholders, and other stakeholders. He also advises clients on implementing policies and mechanisms to ensure compliance with best practices.
Barry’s bankruptcy practice involves representation of debtors, trustees, and creditors in adversary actions in bankruptcy court, particularly in prosecuting and defending preference actions and D&O liability claims. In addition, he frequently advises creditors concerning their rights and remedies in bankruptcy court.
Barry also has experience handling complex civil litigation matters and has represented employers and manufacturers in cases dealing with personal injury claims due to exposures to asbestos, benzene, lead and other heavy metals, PCB, solvents, and other hazardous substances.
He has also litigated several cases in the Delaware Valley that deal with civil rights issues, including the rights of persons with physical and mental disabilities. Barry is a frequent lecturer on civil litigation topics and legal ethics for the National Business Institute.
He also writes a monthly feature for the Delaware Business Court Insider, an online publication. Barry serves on the board of directors of the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy (formerly Akiba Hebrew Academy) in Radnor, Pa.
He was president of the school from 2000 to 2003. He formerly served as a member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Committee on Policy, Strategy and Funding and chaired the Committee on National and Overseas Services. Until May 2009, he served on the board of directors of BBYO, Inc., and its predecessor, the B’nai B’rith International Youth Commission.
He was chairman and a member of the board of directors of the Philadelphia Region B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. Barry earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Columbia University and his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
- Represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a class action dealing with the rights of mentally handicapped persons and was involved in the implementation and monitoring of a comprehensive consent decree following their deinstitutionalization.
- Represented WestPoint International, Inc., and its officers and directors in litigation alleging breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with bylaw changes and issuance of preferred stock.
- Represented Wilmington Trust Company as indenture trustee in an action to enjoin a bank merger that violated the terms of the indenture agreement.
- Represented the former owner of a secondary lead smelting facility in lawsuits by former employees alleging toxic exposures to lead and other heavy metals.
- Represented North American Asbestos Corporation, Pittsburgh Coning Corporation and Pneumo Abex Corporation in numerous cases alleging toxic exposures to asbestos and asbestos containing products.
- Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1977
- Columbia University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1974
BAR ADMISSIONS : Delaware; Pennsylvania
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- Court Of Common Pleas – Philadelphia County
- Delaware Superior Court
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- U.S. Bankruptcy Court — Delaware
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- U.S. District Court — Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- American Bar Association
- Delaware State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Philadelphia Bar Association
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