Barry F. Levin

Barry F. Levin

Partner

Contact Info

Phone: (410) 332-8935
Fax: (410) 332-8157

Primary Office

Baltimore
500 E. Pratt Street
Suite 900
Baltimore, MD 21202-3133

Barry F. Levin

Partner

Barry F. Levin

Barry F. Levin provides high-level legal counsel on complex corporate and real estate transactions that shape the future of businesses across a wide variety of industries. His keen understanding of how legal issues intersect with business interests in these deals and other corporate matters stems from more than 35 years of legal practice, as well as his role as the immediate past Managing Partner and CEO of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the Firm’s daily business operations, client relations, business development, and strategic planning and growth, including the largest domestic law firm merger in the United States in 2017 and a 116 percent increase in gross revenue over the eight years he was at the helm. Barry also brings a keen understanding of the dynamics between C-suite leadership and corporate boards based on his experience serving on the Board of Directors for Mannington Mills, a leading flooring manufacturer, and as Past Chair of the Board of Directors for LifeBridge Health, a multi-billion dollar fully integrated health system. Together, these experiences help Barry relate to the challenges and successes clients face as business owners and align his advice with their strategic goals and tolerance for risk.

Clients ranging from retailers, manufacturers and distributors to real estate businesses and medical and dental practices trust Barry's legal advice and counsel for mergers and acquisitions, financings, franchising issues, licensing, real estate deals and general corporate matters. Barry's clients span from entrepreneurial technology developers to Fortune 500 companies.

Barry is also a trusted advisor for closely held and family-owned businesses in matters related to their growth, restructuring, succession and divestiture. Drawing on his corporate leadership skills, Barry listens and provides advice on legal structures to untangle governance challenges, complex tax issues, family fiduciary disputes and transitions to the next generation of executives as he pulls together attorneys from practice and industry groups across the Firm to help set clients on course. Barry also assists privately held business owners and high-net-worth individuals and families with complex estate and trust planning and administration, including wealth transfer to charitable organizations and the next generation.

Barry’s practical experience bringing two law firm cultures together to build one strong organization also highlights his skill as an attorney who can help professionals find solutions to resolve differences that affect their businesses. While he is experienced at managing litigation when differences cannot be resolved, Barry first aims to help clients resolve these disagreements through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that focus on negotiations, compromise and inclusion.

Experience

Corporate matters

Barry provides outside general counsel to public and privately owned companies in complex transactions involving a variety of contracts that can reshape their ownership structure, finances, real estate interests and relationship with employees.  Barry's corporate experience includes handling the legal details of deals that involve many of these issues simultaneously and unfold in a way that requires a rapid response in a variety of venues, including courts, mediation and other negotiating sessions and administrative hearings.

Served as lead counsel for the buyer of a beer distributor in an acquisition that involved another potential buyer who had already signed a letter of intent to purchase the distribution rights. The multi-million-dollar deal included negotiations to avoid litigation, financings, franchising contracts, and securing approval from state alcoholic beverage regulators.
Served as lead counsel for six regional franchisors in the direct mail and internet advertising industry in their acquisition by a national franchisor. The multi-million-dollar franchising deals included complex due diligence and regulatory issues, as well as negotiating a multitude of complex contracts and employment agreements.
Served as lead counsel for a family owned funeral related business in its third generation of ownership in a franchising deal to expand its overall operations by acquiring a similar business in another state. The deal included the acquisition of an operating business, the sale and lease back of real estate and a complex financing transaction.
Real estate matters

Barry has deep experience in complex real estate matters that involve acquisitions, sales, leases, financings, contract reviews and turn-arounds for struggling businesses.  He brings not only his perspective as outside general counsel for parties involved in these deals, but also his past experience as in-house counsel for a real estate company.

Served as lead counsel for three developers of multiple assisted living communities who decided to dissolve their numerous partnerships. The deals included: transitioning partners out of the businesses; revising partnership agreements; working through multiple turn-around scenarios, loan workouts, and the sale of several facilities and related real estate; and securing regulatory approvals.
Served as lead counsel for a multi-million-dollar sale of a recycling facility. The real estate portion of the deal involved negotiations related to property leased from a county government. The transaction also involved the resolution of environmental issues with a state regulatory agency, the sale of business assets and the execution of an employment agreement for the facility's senior executive.
Family business matters

Barry applies the same acumen he uses to shepherd corporations through complex legal issues as he does to family businesses in need of outside general counsel.  His experience includes untangling disputes that result in litigation, handling real estate transactions and acquiring, merging and reorganizing businesses in transitions for a variety of reasons, including deaths and family disagreements.

Served as lead counsel in the sale, purchase and reorganization of a national retailer on behalf of one of the second-generation owners seeking to transition the third generation into ownership of the close family business. The deal included financings, acquisitions, the purchase and sale of multiple business operations, business assets and real estate. Barry also led the estate and insurance planning for two generations of owners.
Served as lead counsel in litigation involving control of a partnership connected to a family's real estate holdings in the landfill industry and a 2,000-plus acre operating farm following the death of the family patriarch. Barry represented nine members of the second generation in probate litigation against another member of the same generation who had wrested control of the family business holdings. The resulting deal gave all 10 members of the second generation equal shares of the holdings, while resolving complex federal and state estate tax matters, which could have otherwise impacted the overall value of the estate.

Thought Leadership

No results.

Credentials and Accolades

Honors and Awards

Selected as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2022

Named to The Daily Record’s Power 30 Law List, 2021

Named to The Daily Record’s Power 100 List, 2021

Recipient of The Daily Record's "Icon Honors" Award, 2020

Named one of Maryland's "Most Admired CEOs" by The Daily Record, 2019

Named an "Influential Marylander" by The Daily Record, 2014

AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers, 2009 to present

Selected as a Baltimore "Legal Elite" by SmartCEO magazine's Reader's Poll, 2009, 2010

Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Board of Directors, Greater Baltimore Committee

Member, Board of Directors, Mannington Mills

Member, Executive Committee and Personnel and Compensation Committee, Mannington Mills

Member, Board of Directors, Hardwire, LLC

Past Chair, Board of Directors, LifeBridge Health

Former Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore

Former Chair and Member, Audit & Compliance and Compensation Committees, LifeBridge Health

Former Member, Board of Directors, Levindale Hospital, Northwest Hospital and Carroll Hospital Center

Former Board of Advisors Member, Initiative for Family Business and Entrepreneurship, St. Joseph's University's Erivan K. Haub School of Business

Past President, Past Vice President and Member, Board of Directors, The Lawyers Clearinghouse, Inc.

Former Member, GBC Leadership Board of Directors

Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, American Bar Association

Member, Business Law, Taxation and Real Property Sections, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, Bar Association of Baltimore City, Maryland Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association and American Bar Association

Former Secretary, Executive Committee, and Member, Board of Directors, Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc.

Former Member, Investment Committee, McDonogh School

Former Member, Board of Trustees, Beth El Congregation

Former Liaison, Task Force on Applying Federal Legislation to Congress, American Bar Association

Past Chair, Committee on Government Ownership of Real Estate, American Bar Association

Education

J.D., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1984, cum laude

B.A., Franklin and Marshall College, 1981

  • Dean's List Honors
  • Wetzel Oratorical Prize, Senior Speaking Award

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Maryland

Firm Involvement

Former Chair, Business and Finance Department

Former Marketing Partner

 

Barry F. Levin provides high-level legal counsel on complex corporate and real estate transactions that shape the future of businesses across a wide variety of industries. His keen understanding of how legal issues intersect with business interests in these deals and other corporate matters stems from more than 35 years of legal practice, as well as his role as the immediate past Managing Partner and CEO of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the Firm’s daily business operations, client relations, business development, and strategic planning and growth, including the largest domestic law firm merger in the United States in 2017 and a 116 percent increase in gross revenue over the eight years he was at the helm. Barry also brings a keen understanding of the dynamics between C-suite leadership and corporate boards based on his experience serving on the Board of Directors for Mannington Mills, a leading flooring manufacturer, and as Past Chair of the Board of Directors for LifeBridge Health, a multi-billion dollar fully integrated health system. Together, these experiences help Barry relate to the challenges and successes clients face as business owners and align his advice with their strategic goals and tolerance for risk.

Clients ranging from retailers, manufacturers and distributors to real estate businesses and medical and dental practices trust Barry's legal advice and counsel for mergers and acquisitions, financings, franchising issues, licensing, real estate deals and general corporate matters. Barry's clients span from entrepreneurial technology developers to Fortune 500 companies.

Barry is also a trusted advisor for closely held and family-owned businesses in matters related to their growth, restructuring, succession and divestiture. Drawing on his corporate leadership skills, Barry listens and provides advice on legal structures to untangle governance challenges, complex tax issues, family fiduciary disputes and transitions to the next generation of executives as he pulls together attorneys from practice and industry groups across the Firm to help set clients on course. Barry also assists privately held business owners and high-net-worth individuals and families with complex estate and trust planning and administration, including wealth transfer to charitable organizations and the next generation.

Barry’s practical experience bringing two law firm cultures together to build one strong organization also highlights his skill as an attorney who can help professionals find solutions to resolve differences that affect their businesses. While he is experienced at managing litigation when differences cannot be resolved, Barry first aims to help clients resolve these disagreements through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms that focus on negotiations, compromise and inclusion.