Dale Barnes practices in the areas of securities enforcement and litigation defense, merger and acquisition litigation, corporate governance, class actions, and other complex business litigation. Dale honed his knowledge of financial and tax accounting and disclosure issues as a result of his regular representation of two of the Big Four accounting firms. He represents clients in federal and state courts and before the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and other regulatory agencies.
Dale is a member of the AIG Securities Litigation Panel and is regularly named a “Northern California Super Lawyer” by San Francisco magazine. He assists his clients in resolving matters economically and expeditiously. When major cases cannot be so resolved, he defends them through settlement, arbitration and trial. He also assists his clients with investigations and risk management issues. Hailed by Legal 500 as “one of the top securities litigators on the West Coast,” Dale is also recognized by Chambers USA, which describes him as an “excellent practitioner” whose clients praise him for being “careful, thoughtful, and strategic.”
Before joining Morgan Lewis, Dale was a partner in the financial institutions regulatory, enforcement, and litigation practice of another international law firm, where he led the accountant defense practice.
Note: This list includes engagements completed prior to joining Morgan Lewis.
Representing a Big Four accounting firm in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits and regulatory investigations relating to food distribution company’s restatement of financial statements. Won dismissal of all claims asserted against our client, and continues to represent client in the plaintiff’s appeal of dismissal of the federal shareholder derivative action.
Won motion to dismiss all securities fraud claims against pharmaceutical company and its directors and officers
Convinced SEC not to proceed against Big Four audit partner following Wells submission
Won motion to dismiss section 11 claim against Big Four auditor
Won motion to compel arbitration of all claims against Big Four auditor and favorably settled claims in the course of arbitration
Successfully appealed order remanding case to state court and denying further arbitration proceedings for Big Four auditor
Favorably settled class and derivative actions arising from network technology company’s restatement of financial statements and company’s acquisition
Won summary adjudications in favor of National Football League, affiliates, commissioner and other league against derivative and corporate governance claims by the Oakland Raiders and successfully defended judgment on appeal
Won motion to dismiss all securities fraud claims against Big Four auditor and successfully defended judgment on appeal
Favorably settled securities class action following partial summary adjudications in favor of Big Four auditor
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Aviat Networks, Inc.
National Football League
Haverford College, 1975, Bachelor of Arts
University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1979, Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude
University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, 1978, Master of Business Administration, Business, With Distinction
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
Awards and Affiliations
Mediation Panelist, U.S. District Court for the Northern Central District of California
Member, Board of Trustees, City of Sausalito Public Library
Member, American Bar Association
Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers
Listed, Best Lawyers, Securities Litigation (2013–2015)
Listed, Chambers USA, Securities Litigation (California) (2012–2015)