Madison, WI (January 5, 2016) – Michael Best & Friedrich LLP is pleased to announce Eric G. Barber has joined the firm’s Madison office as an insurance partner in the Litigation Practice Group. Barber will focus on assisting policyholders in navigating complicated and sensitive insurance issues.
“We are very pleased to add Eric’s substantial counseling and litigation experience in the insurance area to our team, adding further depth to our existing insurance recovery practice for policyholders,” said Daniel J. Vaccaro, Chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.
Barber joins Michael Best after spending time as a partner with Perkins Coie LLP, a large, full-service international law firm, where his clients ranged from early stage tech startups to Fortune 100 international corporations. Barber has counseled companies and prosecuted insurance claims on a wide range of insurance products, including directors’ and officers’ (D&O) insurance, cyber liability insurance, errors and omission (E&O)/professional liability insurance, representations and warranties insurance, fidelity bonds, crime policies, property insurance, commercial general liability (CGL) insurance, trade credit risk insurance, builders risk policies, performance bonds and other specialty products. He has successfully obtained recoveries for clients’ claims in a variety of high-profile matters including, among others, named hurricanes, the collapse of MF Global and the Madoff Ponzi scheme.
Barber earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2004, where he was Articles Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard Wesley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as well as the Honorable Shirley Abrahamson, State Supreme Court of Wisconsin. Barber also obtained his M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles in 2001 and B.A. from the University of Denver in 1992.
As an active member of various professional organizations, Barber speaks and writes frequently on insurance issues. He serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Excess & Umbrella Sub-Committee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee. He is also a member of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association and the Dane County Bar Association, for which he has presented an annual U.S. Supreme Court case update since 2009.