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Barry Levenstam

Jenner & Block LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Barry Levenstam is a Co-Chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice Group at Jenner & Block, where he has a general litigation practice that emphasizes criminal and civil appellate litigation. He has been involved as counsel for parties or amici in more than 100 appeals in the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals across the country, the Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Courts, and various other States' appellate and supreme courts. Barry's appellate litigation experience has covered a broad range of substantive areas, including, in the civil context, contracts and commercial law, product liability and mass tort, defamation, employment discrimination, environmental, eminent domain, antitrust, blue sky laws, and intemationallaw, as well as criminal law, habeas corpus, and death penalty litigation, and features constitutional issues in both criminal and civil cases.

Barry graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1975 and magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College
of Law in 1978. He recently completed a three year term as a member of the Board of Visitors for the College of Law. While at the College of Law, Barry was a member of the Board of Editors of the Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He also served as a law clerk for the honorable Robert J. Steigmann, then Circuit Judge for Champaign County (now Justice on the Illinois Appellate Court). After graduation, Barry served as a law clerk to the Honorable Philip W. Tone, then Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Barry has lectured for the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and the DuPage County Bar
Association on preserving error for appeal and on appellate practice in the Seventh Circuit and has co-written articles on appellate practice entitled "Preserving Error For Appeal In Illinois," 78 Illinois Bar Journal 494 (1990), and "Preserving Error In Civil Cases: Some Fundamental Principles," which discusses the issue in the context of federal courts and is published at 32 Trial Lawyer's Guide 1 (1988). Barry also is the lead author for two chapters in The Attorney's Guide to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2d ed. 1999), Chapter 7, entitled "Habeas Corpus: Conflicts Between State And Federal Courts," and Chapter 9, entitled "Judicial Review of Administrative Decisions," which he updates annually. Barry is co-author of Illinois Civil Litigation Guide (West 2007-08), and is responsible for the Sections covering "Post-Trial Proceedings," and "Perfecting the Appeal."

Barry is frequently appointed by the Seventh Circuit to handle appeals before it on a pro bono basis. Furthermore, he has participated by invitation in Seventh Circuit-sponsored seminars teaching attorneys to represent criminal defendants on appeal in appointed cases. His 1998 presentation is included on the Seventh Circuit's "Year in Review - 1999" CD-Rom. He also has served as a panel member on the subject of civility in the appellate practice at the Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference.

Barry is a member of the bars of the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, District of Columbia, and Federal Circuits. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Appellate Lawyers Association, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association. In 1995, the Federal Bar Association awarded Barry the Walter J. Cummings Award "for excellence in advocacy on the part of appointed counsel" before the Seventh Circuit. In 1998, Barry was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. In 1999, Barry was admitted to the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.
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