Overview

Barry E. Fields is a trial lawyer and partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Barry has an expansive record of successfully representing Fortune 500 companies and large professional services firms in complex, high profile cases across the United States. For more than twenty-five years, he has successfully resolved environmental, products liability, mass tort, discrimination, and commercial claims inside and outside the courtroom. Clients such as General Motors, BP, Dow Chemical, Textron, and Motorola have trusted Barry to handle their challenging cases and always stay one step ahead of adversaries.

Barry’s trial docket reflects a unique agility with both science-related issues and complex commercial disputes. For example, he successfully represented BP in the litigation surrounding the Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting oil spill. He also helped General Motors in the wide-ranging litigation over ignition switches, including obtaining dismissal midway through the first bellwether trial. Outside the courtroom, he has garnered many summary judgments for clients and has routinely helped clients achieve favorable settlements ahead of trial. 

A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Barry clerked for the Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He earned a chemistry degree, summa cum laude, from Bellarmine University, where he now serves on the Board of Trustees and is designated a distinguished graduate. Barry is a board member and officer of the Federal Bar Association (Chicago Chapter) and previously served as President of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. His leadership in the legal community and commitment to civic service have been recognized with the Appleseed Spirit of Justice Award.

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Recognition

Appleseed Spirit of Justice Award (2016)

Designated a Distinguished Graduate by Bellarmine University (2015)

Named one of 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch by Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2004) 

Memberships & Affiliations

Member, Bellarmine University Board of Trustees

Board Member and Secretary, Federal Bar Association (Chicago Chapter)

Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School (in pretrial and trial advocacy)

Member, University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences and Pritzker School of Medicine Advisory Council

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Former Board Member and Past President, Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice

Former Board Member and Past President, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Chairperson, University of Chicago Law School’s 2004–2005 and 2014–2015 Annual Fund Campaigns

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1991Illinois

Courts

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Education

  • University of Chicago Law SchoolJ.D.1991
  • Bellarmine UniversityB.A., Chemistrysumma cum laude1988