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Francis P. Barron

Retired Partner, Litigation

Francis P. Barron retired from Cravath’s Litigation Department in December 2014. His practice focused on providing advice and litigation services related to securities, antitrust and commercial disputes and federal and state regulatory matters. Mr. Barron was also a member of the Corporate Governance and Board Advisory practice, counseling boards of directors, board committees and senior management of corporations and financial institutions in connection with government and internal investigations, shareholder demands and derivative litigation, and accounting restatements.

From July 2010 to January 2012, Mr. Barron served as Chief Legal Officer at Morgan Stanley, advising its senior management on navigating a wide range of critical issues, including a complex and constantly evolving legal and regulatory environment.

Mr. Barron’s clients at Cravath have included CBS Inc., Citigroup, Cummins Engine Company, DreamWorks Animation, The General Electric Company, p.l.c., General Reinsurance Co., Goldman Sachs, Lucent Technologies, Morgan Stanley, Nestlé, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Texaco, UBS and Vitro S.A.

Mr. Barron was selected by Lawdragon as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America from 2005 through 2014 and was named to its list of 100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation. He also received the highest national ranking for his general commercial work and was named a “Local Litigation Star” for the New York area by Benchmark Litigation in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The Best Lawyers in America recognized him as a leader in bet‑the‑company litigation in 2010, and as a leader in commercial litigation and corporate governance and compliance law from 2006 through 2010. He was also ranked by PLC Which Lawyer? as Highly Recommended in dispute resolution. In 2009 and 2010, Mr. Barron was recognized by The Legal 500 for his work in trade secrets litigation and in 2014, he was recognized by Super Lawyers for his work in business litigation.

Mr. Barron was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received an A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1973 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978, where he was an Editor of the Journal on Legislation. Mr. Barron joined Cravath in 1978 and became a partner in 1985. In July 2012, he returned to Cravath.

Mr. Barron may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1506 or by email at

+1 (212) 474-1506
+1 (212) 474-3700