Barrett J. Anderson


Barrett is a litigator. He is a tenacious and proven advocate in a wide variety of disputes, including privacy and data security, securities fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, false advertising, unfair competition, intellectual property and constitutional law. He is a trusted and thoughtful counselor to individuals and companies in the technology, life sciences, biotech and pharmaceutical fields – among others – and he has achieved success for his clients before juries and judges in forums ranging from state trial courts to the US Supreme Court. Barrett also maintains a robust pro bono practice chiefly focused on advancing LGBTQ+ and other civil and human rights causes.

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  • US Supreme Court Upholds FCC’s Modernized Television Station Ownership Rules, Affirming Cooley Amicus Briefs 

  • Gilead Defeats Record Inspection Request 

  • Cooley Team Wins Appellate Ruling That Beneficial Shareholders Cannot Seek Inspection of Company Records Under California Law 

  • Cooley Helps Secure Win That Paves Way for New Hillel Center at UCSD 

  • Cooley Helps Achieve Landmark Victory for Transgender Prisoner 


  • Yale Law School
    JD, 2012

  • University of Iowa
    BA, BS, 2008

Admissions & Credentials


District of Columbia



  • American Bar Association

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

  • National LGBT Bar Association

  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association

  • Leadership Council for Legal Diversity

Rankings & Accolades

    40 Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40 (2023) – The National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

    Top 40 Young Lawyer “On the Rise” (2019) – American Bar Association

    Impact Case of the Year (2022) – LMG Life Sciences

    Litigator of the Week: Shout Out – AmLaw Litigation Daily (July 2021, May 2022, September 2022)

    Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Commercial Litigation (2022)