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Biography

Steven K. Barentzen has been practicing law for over 20 years.  He received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill, in 1995.  He graduated with honors and was a staff member on the North Carolina Law Review.  He received his B.A. in Economics and English Literature from Rutgers University in 1991.

Mr. Barentzen began his legal career in New York City working on complex and high profile litigation matters for three of the finest firms in the city, the large firms Winthrop, Stimson Putnam and Roberts and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and the litigation boutique Arkin Kaplan.

In 2004, Mr. Barentzen moved to Washington, D.C. and he started his own firm in July 2008.  Over the past decade, Mr. Barentzen has developed a broad based litigation practice representing clients in unique, complex and high profile matters.  Mr. Barentzen has sucessfully represented clients in a wide variety of commercial and other disputes, including trademark infringement actions, professional malpractice cases, fraud and overbilling cases, breach of contract cases, government contract litigation, theft of trade secrets cases, securities litigation, employment litigation and terrorism cases, many of which have received coverage in the press.

Mr. Barentzen is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New York and Maryland.  He is also admitted in the United States District Courts for the District of Columbia, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Maryland, the United States Courts of Appeal for the D.C., Second, Third and Fourth Circuits and the Federal Court of Claims.

In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Mr. Barentzen was recognized by SuperLawyers as one of the top civil litigators in Washington, DC.  Mr. Barentzen volunteers as an arbitrator with the D.C. Bar's Attorney Client Arbitration Board and is the former co-chair of the D.C. Bar's ADR Committee.  Mr. Barentzen has published articles concerning attorney overbilling, Alternative Dispute Resolution and other topics.

Mr. Barentzen lives in Georgetown with his wife Liz, his two sons Cash and Wesley, and his dog Ace.