Michael F. BarryAssistant Dean | Practitioner in Residence
- J.D., Yale Law School, 1992
- M.A., University of San Francisco, 2009
- B.A., University of Virginia, 1989
BiographyFor more than two decades, Barry provided creative legal strategies, actionable advice, risk mitigation and business counsel to Fortune 200 clients, first as outside counsel and then in-house. Before joining St. Mary’s, he was a senior executive at USAA, where he served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel and led a legal staff of more than 350 people. At USAA, Barry ensured that the legal department established comprehensive and proactive legal and regulatory strategies to enable USAA’s insurance and banking businesses. While at USAA, Barry also worked on the business side, overseeing USAA’s Corporate Development, Global Service Delivery and Operational Excellence divisions.
Barry graduated from Yale Law School. After graduation, he clerked for the Hon. Royce C. Lamberth, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Columbia, and for Chief Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Barry then was in private practice, where he litigated and tried cases involving patent infringement, financial services class actions, breach of contract and Indian law in both federal and state court. He then joined Capital One, where he created and ran the litigation group. In addition, before joining St. Mary’s, Barry taught trial and appellate advocacy as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.
Barry continued his education by earning a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of San Francisco in 2009.
He joined the St. Mary's University School of Law in 2015 to advise on the strategic engagement of the law school with its mission, to assist the faculty and dean in developing and integrating new programs, and to integrate the law school into the legal community
Barry has remained active in San Antonio by serving on the boards of several community service organizations including the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind, the Alamo Colleges Foundation and Seton Home. He also is a member of Class XII of Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and Bexar County.