Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Ben Barnow

Law360, New York (October 8, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT) -- Thirty years ago, the firm now known as Barnow and Associates PC defended corporations. Today, it's a plaintiffs class action outfit known for winning big-time antitrust and data breach settlements from Microsoft Corp., Bank of America Corp. and other companies, thanks in large part to one man: Ben Barnow.

As a young associate professor teaching unfair competition and business law at Northern Michigan University in the early 1970s, Barnow sought out an associate position at Herrick McNeill McElroy & Peregrine, lured by the small firm's high-profile clientele, including public relations giant Burson Marsteller. Eager to beat out dozens of other applicants...

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