Barry A. Chasnoff retired from the partnership at the end of 2016.
Practice & Background
For his last ten years with the Firm, Mr Chasnoff served as the firm’s General Counsel. In that capacity, Mr Chasnoff oversaw all claims against the Firm; oversaw conflict issues; managed new business intake and docketing; designed implemented and managed Firmwide compliance initiatives as required under various foreign and domestic regulatory regimes; oversaw amendments to the Partnership Agreement; and negotiated and managed all firm professional liability and similar insurance. In addition, Mr Chasnoff advised the Firm's Chair, Management Committee and Audit Committee on Firm risk, claim and compliance issues.
Mr. Chasnoff has been a trial lawyer for more than 40 years, focusing on complex civil litigation, primarily for insurers and their insureds, with an emphasis on legal malpractice. His practice included a variety of legal malpractice, commercial and bad-faith litigation. He also served as lead counsel in the defense of numerous national class actions filed in state and federal courts in jurisdictions across the country. His practice included the defense of numerous complex cases for and on behalf of law firms and domestic and foreign insurers in high-exposure cases, including cases in state and federal courts in more than 20 states. The exposure of the defendants in those cases has ranged from several million dollars to approximately $1.5 billion. Mr. Chasnoff has tried to juries more than 30 of those cases, all resulting in defense verdicts. Mr. Chasnoff also has substantial experience in major reinsurance arbitration, representing both domestic and foreign insurers and reinsurers.
Mr. Chasnoff received his B.A. with honors in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio in 1971. He received his J.D. with honors in 1974 from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was selected to serve as a teaching quizmaster. He has lectured for the State Bar of Texas at Continuing Legal Education seminars and has served on the faculty of the University of Houston’s Continuing Legal Education program. Mr. Chasnoff is also a member of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Mr. Chasnoff is involved in various community, civic and charitable activities that include serving on:
- the local board of the National Conference for Communities and Justice
- the Southwestern U.S. board of the Anti-Defamation League
- the Board of the Children’s Bereavement Center.
Awards & Accolades
- Recognized by Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company and Commercial Litigation (2008 - 2016).