Peter F. Barry, Consumer Lawyer
Pete Barry is an attorney admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts of Minnesota. He is also admitted in numerous other federal courts including the United States Supreme Court. He is a partner of Barry, Slade, Wheaton & Helwig, LLC. His national practice is dedicated exclusively to protecting consumers against illegal debt collection activity and training new FDCPA lawyers. He was twice-named by his peers as a Super Lawyer® by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine. The National Association of Consumer Advocates named him its Consumer Lawyer of the Year in 2005.
Pete opened his law practice directly out of law school and has been enjoying his private plaintiff's practice ever since. His FDCPA Boot Camps have trained nearly 1,000 lawyers in all 50 states. Pete frequently appears in local and national news stories discussing consumer rights issues. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and on numerous local stations discussing abusive consumer collection cases. In 2008, Pete appeared on the cover of CityPages magazine in a feature story about his life and career suing debt collectors.
Pete volunteers as a district ethics investigator and as a formal mentor to law students. He volunteers annually with the Minnesota State Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Program as a judge and maintains an ongoing pro-bono legal practice. He is a volunteer with the U.S. District Court and Federal Bar Association's Pro Se Project, assisting unrepresented parties for free in federal civil cases. Since 2003, Pete has taught as an adjunct Professor of Law at William Mitchell College of Law where he teaches Consumer Rights Law and recently received his 10-year teaching award. He was born in San Jose, California in 1964 and lives in St. Paul, with his wife Robin and five beautiful daughters.
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