Drawing on more than 24 years of experience as a trial lawyer and a Managing Director leading Employment Law matters within a global financial services company, attorney Alex Barnard guides employers through the complexities of employment law and helps them develop effective defense strategies.

Employers turn to Alex to counsel them on a broad range of labor and employment, human resources, and employee benefits issues; to draft and implement employment policies, practices, and procedures; to prepare and negotiate employment contracts; and to defend them in employment litigation.

A tough and skilled adversary, Alex has served as lead counsel in hundreds of mediations, arbitrations, and court cases over the past decade. He also has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts, and before administrative bodies. Clients value his concise, practical advice in which Alex balances cost, business objectives, and public perception.

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Alex also routinely speaks on a variety of legal developments, including those relating to dispute resolution, arbitration, ethics, trade secret protection, and employment litigation.

Before joining Epstein Becker Green, Alex was a Managing Director at a global financial services company in the General Counsel division based in New York City and the Head of Employment Law for the Americas, covering all employment law issues. He also served as the Global Head of Legal Executive Compensation, responsible for drafting and advising on the company’s compensation plans and practices worldwide.

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Focus Areas


  • The Legal 500 United States, Trade Secrets (Litigation and Non-Contentious Matters) (2024)



  • Columbia Law School (J.D., 1999)
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Staff, The Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts
  • Hamilton College (B.A., 1995)

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