Barry B. Direnfeld

Of Counsel

Barry Direnfeld is former co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Area. Prior to Swidler Berlin’s combination with Bingham in 2006, Barry served as that firm’s managing partner.

Barry’s government affairs practice includes representations before Congress, the executive branch and independent federal agencies. He has successfully represented clients in a broad range of issues, including litigation reform, renewable energy and other environmental issues, corporate mergers, and oversight investigations.

One of the pioneers of the ethanol industry, Barry has been a leading voice in the effort to modernize U.S. renewable fuels policies through legislative and rulemaking efforts. He has also represented major developers in efforts to enhance and provide incentives to the wind energy and geothermal industries.

Prior to joining the firm, Barry was co-founder, president and director of New Energy Corporation of Indiana, one of the largest U.S. ethanol producers. He has also served as chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Monopolies and Business Rights and as a teaching fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics.

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