• University of San Francisco
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
Professional Awards:
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • California Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent–Martindale–Hubbell
Professional Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
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  • California
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  • U.S. District Court, Southern and
    Central Districts, California
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  • U.S. Supreme Court

Passing of Attorney Barry B. Langberg.

It is with deep sadness that Pisanelli Bice announces the passing of our colleague, mentor, and friend, Barry B. Langberg. Barry passed away on October 4, 2018, following a fierce and valiant battle with cancer. His love of life is reflected in the many and various stories he shared with family and friends. And, his love of and extraordinary talent as a trial attorney is reflected not only in the victories he accomplished for his clients, but also in the many lawyers privileged to learn and grow under his spirited tutelage and imbued with his passion and skill. Barry is and will be greatly missed by his Pisanelli Bice family and by all who knew him.

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Mr. Langberg is one of the nation’s preeminent trial attorneys. Over his 45 year career, he has won numerous jury verdicts in defamation, entertainment, real estate and commercial cases. The Los Angeles Times referred to Langberg as “one of the nation’s premier libel attorneys,” and The Atlantic said that Langberg “ushered in” the modern era of libel litigation with his landmark victory in the case of Carol Burnett vs. National Enquirer. Langberg’s trial victories demonstrate his ability to communicate his clients’ position in a way that resonates with jurors and judges. Among these victories, he secured an award of treble damages in an antitrust case on behalf of the producer of a major film. He obtained a substantial jury verdict against a Las Vegas hotel on behalf of a prominent comedian. He prevailed in a highly publicized wrongful-termination case brought by a television celebrity against her studio, and obtained a multimillion-dollar slander judgment against an entertainment entrepreneur on behalf of a well-known gaming executive. Langberg’s name has appeared on the peer-reviewed list of Best Lawyers In America every year since 2009.

When representing a corporate client, Langberg learns how its business operates, what its values are and how its management thinks, and he brings this knowledge to bear in every decision. Langberg employs strategies that consider his corporate clients’ long-term goals as well as their immediate needs. When representing individuals in high-profile litigation, Langberg is a formidable advocate, yet, he never loses sight of his client’s personal well-being. He manages pre-trial media coverage as effectively as he makes a closing argument.

While Langberg is best known for his achievements as a trial lawyer, he is also an adroit negotiator. He comes to the settlement table prepared and with a thorough understanding of both sides’ strengths and weaknesses. He breaks deadlocks by fashioning creative settlement terms. Langberg has obtained unprecedented settlement terms from national print publications, book publishers, television studios and other corporate opponents.



Barry B. Langberg, Of Counsel
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