Barbara Wahl’s practice encompasses a wide range of complex commercial litigation, representing both plaintiff and defendant. Her litigation practice involves all phases of litigation from business counseling, including the use of litigation as a business tool and risk avoidance, to the preparation and the filing of a lawsuit, through discovery, pretrial motions, consideration of settlement, trial, and appellate review.
Barbara currently serves as chair of the Women’s Leadership Development Initiative and is an EEO Coordinator. She has been chair and the co-chair of the Complex Civil Litigation practice group and of the recruitment committee.
Barbara has experience in litigating disputes involving commercial contracts, intellectual property including the areas of patent, trademark, trade dress, trade secrets and copyright, trusts and estates, torts (particularly fraud), and eminent domain. She also represents clients in mediation and alternative dispute resolution, outside of the traditional litigation process.
Representative cases litigated by Barbara include the following:
Following law school graduation, Barbara clerked for the Honorable Albert V. Bryan, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division. Following the end of the clerkship, she became associated with a law firm specializing in commercial litigation. Thereafter, she joined Arent Fox as an associate and was later elected to the partnership.
An active member of the legal community in the Washington, DC area, Barbara was President of the Northern Virginia chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2004-2005 term. She also serves on the board of the Council for Court Excellence, the Appleseed National Board, and the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.
Barbara has been listed in Chambers USA 2014 and 2015 for practice in litigation. She has also been listed in the 2014 and 2015 editions of The Best Lawyers in America.