Barry A. Abbott

Counsel to the Firm | Seattle | 206.223.7988 |

Areas of Practice

Barry Abbott concentrates his practice on financial services, general corporate, payments and e-commerce law. Barry has represented numerous international and domestic institutions and has extensive experience in corporate law and financial services, including bank regulatory (and payment) issues, insurance law, and non-profit law. He has also been extremely active in e-commerce matters and has represented established companies and start-ups (including gaming companies) in all aspects of their Internet and e-commerce businesses.

Barry has been named by The Best Lawyers in America® for his expertise in Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Insurance Law. He has also been named as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in Business/Corporate Law by Super Lawyers magazine. Barry is an elected fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers, a professional association of lawyers particularly skilled and experienced in handling consumer financial services matters.

Professional Experience

  • Arnold & Porter LLP (and predecessor, Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, P.C.)
    • Of Counsel (2006-2013)
    • Director (1994-2006)
  • The REX Group, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Government Relations and Corporate Secretary (2006-2009)
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
    • Partner (1983-1994)
    • Associate (1977-1983)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1975)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Stanford University (M.B.A., 1977)
  • Dartmouth College (A.B., magna cum laude, with high distinction in history, 1972)
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Business
  • Financial Institutions
  • Insurance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Mortgage and Consumer Finance
  • Privacy and Data Security

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Negotiated, documented and filed all regulatory applications for client’s acquisition for control of a $650 million bank holding company located in California
  • Provided all federal and state payment advice to major national gaming company
  • As principal outside corporate counsel for The Bar Association of San Francisco, merged two of its affiliated 501(c)(3) corporations
  • Negotiated and documented $21 million C-Round and $115 million private fund financings as Chief Legal Officer of The REX Group
  • Drafted all documentation for the first national reverse mortgage product
  • Developed documentation for first multistate true home equity option contract program
  • Reorganized Greenpeace in the United States
  • Organized The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries (“NCREIF”) and The Mono Lake Committee
  • Served as principal outside counsel for a major independent medical research foundation


  • “New Product Development — A Big Challenge and a Potentially Big Reward,” Western Banker magazine, Western Independent Bankers (May/June 2014)
  • “Five Legal Topics for Washington Bankers to Consider This Fall,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (September/October 2013)
  • “CFPB Report Indicates Impending Regulation of Overdraft Practices,” Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 67, Nos. 1-2 (2013)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of a REX Agreement,” Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 6, No. 2, (Summer 2007)
  • “Financial Privacy and the California Experience,” Annual Review of Banking and Financial Law, Vol. 23 (2004)
  • “The Financial Modernization Act: The Dawn of a New Era,” Uniform Commercial Code Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 4 (Spring 2000)
  • “Privacy and the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” The Review of Banking and Financial Services, Vol. 13, No. 22 (December 17, 1997)
  • “The Truth in Lending Act After 15 Years:  Its Goals and Its Limitations,” Oklahoma City University Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 1 (Spring 1984)
  • “A Proposal to Revise the Forms of California Summons,” Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1. (September 1981)
  • Truth in Lending: A Comprehensive Guide, Prentice-Hall Law & Business, Co-author (Out of Publication)

Speaking Engagements

Barry is a frequent lecturer on corporate, commercial and financial institution law for numerous organizations, and previously was an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

  • “Consumer Traps for the Unwary Commercial Lender,” Lane Powell Commercial Law Developments Seminar (December 12, 2013)
  • “International Seminar on Consumer Litigation in Japan, the U.S. and China: Class-Action and Cross-Border Lawsuits,” The Japan Federation of Bar Associations, Tokyo, Japan (March 2012)
  • “Fair Lending and Property Insurance Access,” Co-chair, American Bar Association National Institute (March 1995)


  • Named Best Lawyers® Seattle Financial Services Regulation Law Lawyer of the Year (2014, 2015)
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Insurance Law (2013-2015)
  • Named as a “Northern California Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers magazine, Business/Corporate
  • Peer Review Rated “AV” in Martindale-Hubbell

Professional and Community Activities

  • Former Member, Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council and Chairman of its Consumer Credit Committee (Washington, D.C.)
  • Fellow and former Board Member and Officer, American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
  • Member, Conference on Consumer Finance Law, Governing Committee
  • Member and former Committee and Subcommittee Officer, American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee and Banking Law Committee
  • Member and former Section, Committee and Subcommittee Officer, State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Financial Institutions Committee and Insurance Law Committee
  • Fellow, The Royal Society of Arts (London)
  • Former Board Member and Committee Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Former Board Member and Officer, Barristers Club of San Francisco