Michael J. Barta

Michael J. Barta Dechert complex commercial litigation lawyer in Washington DC

Michael J. Barta


Washington, D.C. | 1900 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, United States of America 20006-1110
+1 202 261 3354 | +1 202 261 3333

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Michael J. Barta has substantial experience in enforcements and investigations, white collar crime, and securities regulation. Mr. Barta has served as lead counsel in 18 states and the District of Columbia, representing both individuals and companies in complex criminal investigations, prosecutions and related enforcement proceedings. He has obtained dismissals, summary judgments and jury verdicts on matters pertaining to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and analogous corruption statues in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United Kingdom. Mr. Barta also has significant litigation experience advising clients on antitrust violations, bankruptcy, computer fraud, environmental crime, health-care, mail and wire fraud, money-laundering, political corruption, obstruction of justice, and perjury and false statements.

Within his civil practice, Mr. Barta advises clients on patent litigation and complex commercial litigation. In particular, he has defended companies in class action lawsuits, professional sports disputes; and, energy and environmental litigation.

Mr. Barta has been ranked in Chambers USA since 2007 and is regularly recognized by The Legal 500. He is routinely listed as a leader in his field by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Best Lawyers and The Washington Post's "Best Lawyers in Washington." Mr. Barta is considered one of the "Best Legal Minds in Washington” by the Washingtonian and his trial work has been featured in both The American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year section and the National Law Journal's "Defense Hot List" of 2007.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Barta served as a partner and the firmwide Chair of the white-collar crime and corporate investigations group in another international law firm. His previous experience also includes working as a partner at another leading law firm. Mr. Barta has served as a trial advocacy instructor with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Georgetown University Law Center.

  • A health-care executive charged with conspiracy to violate the Medicare Anti-Kickback Act. Case resulted in a complete acquittal.
  • Republic of Venezuela in a lawsuit seeking to recover assets looted from a failed Venezuelan bank, which resulted in a verdict of US$60 million.
  • Samsung Electronics in a patent infringement action case involving LCD television screens and computer modules.
  • Samsung on patent infringement claims brought before the District of Columbia.
  • Marathon Oil Company in the Delaware Chancery Court in a US$114 million breach of contract case involving gas-to-fuels technology.
  • Marathon Oil Company in a US$96 million breach-of contract case relating to gas interests in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Estate of Richard Nixon in a lawsuit seeking just compensation for the government’s taking of the Watergate tapes and Presidential papers. Following closing arguments, the case settled on favorable terms.
  • A prominent individual in the Congressional investigation into alleged improper campaign contributions in the 1992 Presidential election cycle.
  • Halliburton in an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, the SEC, and the United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office, into alleged corrupt payments in connection with the construction of an LNG facility in Nigeria.
  • NASCAR in an internal investigation into the fatal accident involving Dale Earnhardt at the 2001 Daytona 500.
  • A prominent individual in the Deutsche Telekom investigation.
  • The Audit Committee of Freddie Mac in an internal investigation into alleged financial and accounting irregularities associated with a US$3 billion financial restatement.
  • Czech tennis star Tomas Berdych in an arbitration against the largest sport agency in the world, and won a victory for more than the full amount sought.
  • Samsung Electronics in a US$30 million dollar patent infringement lawsuit in the Western District of Texas, resulting in a complete defense verdict.
  • Samsung Electronics in a $1 billion patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas, resulting in a complete defense verdict.
  • An Oklahoma man who served nine years on death row for the Geronimo Bank murders, resulting in a new trial and an overturned death sentence.
  • Obtained a jury verdict for the full amount sought in an accounting malpractice lawsuit in Virginia.

Includes matters handled at Dechert or prior to joining the firm.

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1988, cum laude
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1985, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Honorable Jerome Farris
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Speaking Engagements
  • From the Boardroom to the Courtroom - "A Price Worth Paying?" - Louisville, KY (May 19, 2016)