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Barry Landy
Barry Landy

2020 Up & Coming Attorneys: Barry Landy

Growing up in Minnetonka, Barry Landy, a litigator at Minneapolis-based Ciresi & Conlin LLP, had early exposure to the practice of law: His mother was an attorney at a law firm in Minneapolis.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota law school in 2010, Landy worked at Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi for four years, before leaving for a one-year clerkship with federal Judge Susan Richard Nelson. Then he worked at the Minneapolis-based Stinson LLP law firm for a year.

When the three founders of Cerisi and Conlin LLP opened their doors in 2015, “I decided to come over here. It was the best decision I’ve made in my professional career.” While at Robins Kaplan, he had developed a good working relationship with Jane Conlin, who had been chair of business litigation at Robins Kaplan.

In 2019, Landy negotiated a $27 million settlement in a royalty fee dispute with his partners Jan Conlin and Heather McElroy the day before the case was set for arbitration. He also recently obtained a $12.5 million settlement as Co-Lead Class Counsel for ERISA Plaintiffs in Carver v. The Bank New York Mellon.

From his experience representing plaintiffs and successfully arguing for dismissal of the royalty dispute case, Landy says he learned the benefits of “really relying on my colleagues and their amazing skills — both in their written work product and preparing a case for trial and the ability to litigate at the highest level, not just at the state level but nationally.”

The class action case in the Southern District of New York was also memorable, in which Landy “faced an army of New York attorneys and bankers, but ultimately prevailed.”

What do you find the most rewarding or love best about working in the legal profession?

The ability to help clients while being entrusted with their biggest problems, and hopefully achieving just results.

What’s the best piece of advice that you ever received?

The advice that tenacity pays off.

What is something that most people don’t know about you?

My wife has converted me into a big country music fan.

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