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David Baris brings more than 30 years of experience to his representation of financial institutions throughout the United States on securities, corporate, transactional, and regulatory matters. A Partner in the Washington, DC office of Buckley Sandler LLP, Mr. Baris assists financial institutions in critical and transformative business changes, including mergers, acquisitions, going public, going private, securities offerings, and anti-takeover strategies.

His work includes formation of de novo banks for community groups and fintech companies, reporting and securities disclosure, corporate governance matters, holding company formations, going private transactions, regulatory reporting and applications, executive compensation arrangements, and new product and line of business development. Mr. Baris also assists banks with regulatory examinations and represents them in defense and negotiations of orders and enforcement actions instituted by regulatory agencies. He has formed more than 30 de novo banks, represented parties on more than eighty bank mergers, and represented both issuers and underwriters on numerous stock and subordinated debt offerings.

Mr. Baris brings to his practice experience, as both a bank regulator and Congressional staffer, serving as Regional Counsel to the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and, prior to that, as Counsel to the Government Operations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives. Before joining Buckley Sandler, Mr. Baris was a Partner of Kennedy & Baris LLP, which he founded in 1987.

Mr. Baris is the President of the American Association of Bank Directors (AABD). AABD provides bank directors with the resources with which to serve their institutions effectively and in a manner that will minimize risk of personal liability, and represents their interests before federal and state legislative bodies, bank supervisory agencies, and judicial bodies. He is a member of the General Counsel Advisory Group of the Independent Community Bankers of America and served on the Federal Bar Association Banking Law Executive Committee. Mr. Baris was a Director of Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company and United of Omaha Life Insurance Company, a Fortune 500 company, serving on their Executive, Audit and Investment Committees.

He is the co-author of the Practical Handbook on Fair Lending for Bank Directors and Executive Officers; Bank Director Regulatory Burden Report; FDIC Director Suits: Lessons Learned; and Bank Director Standards of Care and Protections – A Fifty-State Survey, and numerous articles.

Mr. Baris received his J.D. from the University of Connecticut, and his B.A. from Brandeis University.

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  • J.D., University of Connecticut, 1970
  • B.A., Brandeis University, 1966

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Government Service

    • Counsel to the Government Operations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
    • Regional Counsel to the Comptroller of the Currency

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