Weil unveils former Proskauer litigator as new employment law head
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John Barry

Weil, Gotshal & Manges has tapped John P Barry to become the new head of its employment litigation practice based in New York.

Barry joins Weil from Proskauer Rose, where he was both the labour and employment law operating partner and co-head of the firm’s non-compete and trade secrets group.

An experienced trial lawyer who has appeared in courts across the US, he provides advice on complex employment, restrictive covenant and trade secret matters to clients in a number of industries – including financial services, private equity, hedge funds, alternative asset management funds, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, and technology.

In addition to serving as lead counsel in the defence of numerous discrimination, retaliation, and whistleblower lawsuits, Barry advises clients on a range of high-stakes situations such as executive departures; mass exoduses and raids; planned hires of employees or teams from competitors; incentive compensation programmes; acquisitions; investments and agreements between business partners, vendors and customers; and disputes involving harassment and other sensitive issues.

“John is a seasoned trial lawyer and trusted advisor who consistently provides sound employment law counsel in court, the workplace and other important contexts,” said Weil executive partner Barry Wolf.

“He will be a fantastic addition to the firm, and he will be a highly collaborative partner with our litigators and corporate attorneys across our global offices – particularly given his steadfast commitment to excellent client service and his unwavering client advocacy.”

Jonathan Polkes co-chair of Weil’s global litigation department, remarked: “We have been impressed by John’s track record of achieving top results for his clients across the country and world over his outstanding professional career, so we are delighted that he will further enhance our renowned employment litigation practice.

“Clients rely on John for their most sensitive employment matters – which are often issues of first impression – making him an invaluable addition to our litigation department.”

Commenting on his move, Barry said: “I am honoured to join Weil’s outstanding employment litigation team, which has earned a stellar reputation for handling significant and often transformational matters on behalf of many of the most sophisticated clients in the world.

“Employers, management teams and boards face enormous challenges and opportunities during these unprecedented times, and I look forward to teaming with my new colleagues and drawing on Weil’s incredible resources to benefit our clients.”