Barrett J. Anderson


Barrett Anderson is a litigator.  He is a tenacious and proven advocate in a wide variety of disputes, including breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secret theft, false advertising, unfair competition, securities fraud, intellectual property, and constitutional law.  He is a trusted and thoughtful counselor to individuals and companies in the life sciences, biotech, and pharmaceutical fields, among others.  And he has achieved success for his clients before both judges and juries, in forums ranging from state trial courts to the US Supreme Court.  Barrett also maintains a robust pro bono practice chiefly focused on advancing LGBT and other civil and human rights causes.  A Midwesterner by birth and disposition, Barrett was recognized in 2019 as a Top 40 Young Lawyer “On the Rise” by the American Bar Association.

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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



  • National LGBT Bar Association

  • Tom Homann LGBT Law Association

  • Leadership Council for Legal Diversity

Rankings & Accolades

    Top 40 Young Lawyer "On the Rise"   American Bar Association

    Litigator of the Week: Shout Out
    AmLaw Litigation Daily (July 2021)

    Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch   Commercial Litigation