Su Barry




Su Barry is the principal and owner of Barry׀apc and represents consumers and injured plaintiffs as well as top San Diego businesses such as Skrewball Whiskey, Oscars Tacos, The Holding Company Ocean Beach, Gaslamp Quarter Entertainment, Cisterra Partners, Pacific Magazine, Vitality Tap and Epic Transportation. She has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers every year since 2015 and selected as one of the Top 25 San Diego Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers in 2018. She was also named to SD Magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2017, and was honored in 2019 by the YWCA  in its Tribute to Women & Industry Awards.

Ms. Barry’s successful litigation record includes the following:

Plaintiff’s Cases:

$37.5 Million Verdict. Cisterra Partners, LLC v. The Irvine Company, San Diego Sup. Ct. Case No. GIC783959. Su Barry joined lead counsel as part of the three-attorney trial team representing local San Diego developer, Cisterra Partners. After a three and a half month trial, a jury awarded Cisterra Partners $37.5 million. Case Type: Breach of Contract, Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage.

$5.5 Million Settlement at Trial. Foley v. City of Coronado; Aaron Mansker, San Diego Sup. Ct. Case No. GIC879075. Su Barry was part of the four-person litigation and trial team representing former San Diego Charger linebacker Steven Foley who was shot by an off-duty police officer. The case settled after two and a half weeks of trial for $5.5 million. Case type: Civil Rights – Police Misconduct, Excessive Force.

$7.3 Million Recovery. Cedar Fire Litigation. From 2005 to 2008, Su Barry worked with lead counsel assisting in the recovery of over $7.3 million in additional insurance benefits on behalf of Cedar Fire victims. Case type: Bad Faith Insurance, Fraud, Negligence.

$1.65 million Settlement. Ms. Barry represented a San Diego couple in a bad faith lawsuit against their insurance company. 2018.

$700,000 Settlement. Ms. Barry obtained a $700,000 settlement for her client in a case against the U.S. Border Patrol after a Border Patrol agent crashed into her client’s vehicle. As a result of the incident, her client required an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. 2017

$625,000 Settlement. Ms. Barry represented a pedestrian who was hit by a car in an intersection requiring knee  surgery. 2017.

$450,000 Settlement. Su Barry represented the Plaintiff in a premises liability action wherein her client suffered electric shock injuries. 2013.

$425,850 Settlement. Su Barry represented a Plaintiff in a chiropractic malpractice case in which her client suffered a level one (minor) stroke as a result of a neck manipulation. 2014.

$410,000 Class Action Settlement. Ms. Barry represented a class of approximately 180 members who recovered an average of $1,300 per member. 2017.

$350,000 Settlement at Trial. Ms. Barry and co-counsel represented Plaintiff in a commercial lease dispute involving a restaurant/bar in Little Italy, San Diego. Case Type: Business Dispute. 2019.

$330,000 Settlement. Su Barry represented Plaintiffs in a medical malpractice action following a negligently performed laparoscopic cholecysectomy (gallbladder removal). 2018.

$332,211 Judgment. Ms. Barry obtained a judgment against her client’s HOA after a two week property damage trial wherein the jury found the HOA grossly negligent. 2015.

$200,825 Settlement. Ms. Barry represented the Plaintiff in a bad faith insurance action against her client’s insurance company for the unreasonable denial of insurance benefits. 2014.

$154,000 Settlement. Ms. Barry represented the Plaintiff in an insurance broker negligence action, alleging that the insurance broker negligently procured insurance coverage for her client’s business. 2013.

$140,000 Settlement. Ms. Barry represented the Plaintiff in a malicious prosecution action after Motions in Limine hearings at trial. Her client alleged that the Defendant previously sued Plaintiff without any basis and for an improper purpose. 2012.

$6.76 Million Recovery. Cedar Fire Pro Bono Assistance. From 2003 to 2005, Su Barry worked with lead counsel recovering over $6.76 million in additional insurance coverage for Cedar Fire victims, pro bono. She assisted over 150 victims with various insurance issues incident to property damage caused by the 2003 Cedar Fire.

Defense Cases:

Defense Verdict. Simplon Ballpark LLC v. Jack Scull, et al., San Diego Sup. Ct. Case No. 2011-00084777 – Ms. Barry served as trial co-counsel representing defendant Jack Scull. Plaintiff in this case asserted that Jack Scull breached its operating agreement as well as his fiduciary duties to the company, which oversaw the $49 million acquisition and development of the property located between 7th and 8th and Island and J Streets in downtown San Diego. The bench trial in front of Judge Link lasted two and a half weeks and Judgment was ultimately entered on behalf of Jack Scull, after the reversal of an initial finding in Plaintiff’s favor. Case type: Corporate Dispute, Breach of Fiduciary Duty. 2012.

Defense Judgment. Ms. Barry represented a small business against an employee who claimed over $100,000 in unpaid wages. After a two-day hearing, Ms. Barry obtained a defense ruling and judgment in favor of her client. 2016.

Defense Settlement of $10,000 out-of-pocket where the Plaintiff claimed damages over $1.8 million. Ms. Barry represented a product retailer in a products liability action where the Plaintiff claimed damages in excess of $1.8 million. The case settled on the first day of trial. 2013.

Defense Settlement of $0. Ms. Barry represented a Defendant in an action to recover on a personal guaranty of a promissory note signed by her client. 2014.


2019: Honoree – YWCA Tribute to Women & Industry Awards

2018: Ms. Barry was selected as one of the Top 25 San Diego Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers.

2018: Ms. Barry was selected as a finalist in San Diego Magazine’s Celebrating Women Award.

2017: Named to SD Metro Magazine’s “40 Under 40.”

2015-2020: Ms. Barry was selected for inclusion in San Diego Super Lawyers based on anonymous peer nominations and evaluations, combined with third party research.

2015-2016: Chosen by her peers as one of the most outstanding attorneys in her field in the 2015 and 2016 San Diego Business Journal “Best of the Bar.”

2014: Nominated as semi-finalist Top Personal Injury Attorneys of San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

2013: Nominated as semi-finalist Top Personal Injury Attorneys of San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

2007: Selected as one of the Top Young Attorneys of San Diego by The Daily Transcript.

Other Notes:

Executive Committee Member, J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court 2018-2020.

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, 2017-2020.

Speaker, Medical Malpractice and General Tort Litigation, University of San Diego School of Law, 2016.

Speaker, “In the Course and Scope of Employment?”, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 2015.

Award for Best Presentation, “Bias: Use It or Lose It”, J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court, 2014-2015.

Author, Intentional Tort Exclusions in Liability Policies May Not Apply to an Insurer’s Duty to Defend, Trial Bar News, November 2007.

Author, Administrative Agency’s Expertise Not Always Appropriate for Primary Jurisdiction, Trial Bar News, August/September 2007.

Author, The Draconian Insurance Application Misrepresentation/Rescission Rule, Trial Bar News, March 2006.

Author, The Claims-Made-and-Reported Policy “Black Hole” Where No Coverage is Available, Trial Bar News, October 2005.

The Su Barry Foundation – Established September 2018 – Supporting San Diego-based social service causes that improve the quality of human life through volunteering, grants/donations, and promoting awareness.

Education :

May 2003: University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., May 2003

December 1999: University of Texas at Austin, B.A. in Government, December 1999; Business Foundations Degree, University of Texas at Austin

1999: Intern at the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas, 1999


Consumer Attorneys of San Diego

The Honorable J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court

San Diego County Bar Association

Lawyers Club of San Diego

Biographical Information:

Born in Nairobi, Kenya

Lived in Nairobi, Kenya; Tokyo, Japan; Dallas and Austin, Texas before moving to San Diego in 2000

Formerly associated with the firms Levine, Steinberg, Miller & Huver and Hosey & Bahrembeygui, before starting her own practice.

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