Dawn M. Barrios

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Dawn M. Barrios


Dawn M. Barrios


Practice Areas

Class Actions / Complex Litigation

Multi-District Litigation

Mass Torts

Products Liability Litigation


  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 1976
  • B.A., Newcomb College, 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • New Orleans Bar Association


  • AV Rating
  • Eastern District of Louisiana Lawyers Disciplinary Committee
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer
  • Top 25 Female Lawyers in Louisiana
  • Admiralty Law Institute Prize
  • American Jurisprudence Prize for Louisiana Civil Procedure
  • Arceneaux Professionalism Award


  • Guillot v. DaimlerChryslerSt. Bernard Parish
    $5,000,000+ Jury Verdict
    Defective Product Litigation
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  • Chinese DrywallU.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
    $1,100,000,000 Settlement
    Defective Product Litigation
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  • Genetically Modified RiceU.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
    $750,000,000 Settlement
    Complex Litigation
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  • “In the past, when faced with traumatic human life events we sought to assemble the most knowledgeable, personable and technically competent team to guide us through the obstacles. Such was the case when we needed assistance with an international litigation; we contacted BKC to guide us in our time of need.

    When we contacted them, BKC jumped into action, and every member of their team identified with our plight and could not have been more helpful. They kept us up-to-date on the status and progress of our case. All I can say is that a great team makes great progress.”

    Edward Beckendorf

    Commander, St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office


Ms. Barrios is a founding partner of BKC, concentrating her work in the field of complex multi-district litigation, products liability litigation, mass torts, and class actions. In 2014, the New Orleans Bar Association presented her with the Arceneaux Professionalism Award; she is the first woman to ever receive the honor. In 2011, the judges of the Eastern District of Louisiana appointed Ms. Barrios to the Lawyers Disciplinary Committee, another honor in recognition of her reputation for her both excellent and ethical advocacy. In addition, Ms. Barrios has also been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer for 2014, an honor she has received every year since 2008. Super Lawyer Magazine has also named her one of the top 25 female lawyers in Louisiana.

Ms. Barrios graduated from Newcomb College in 1974 and from Tulane University School of Law in 1976. In her final year of law school, she received the Admiralty Law Institute Prize, and the American Jurisprudence Prize for Louisiana Civil Procedure. From 1976-1979 she clerked for Chief Justice Joe W. Sanders of the Louisiana Supreme Court, then joined Carl W. Cleveland and Associates, where she made partner in 1980. She co-founded BKC in 1995.

Since the mid-1990s starting with her role in the both the state and national breast implant product liability litigation, Ms. Barrios has been recognized as a leading attorney in the arena of complex products liability litigation. Judges across the country have appointed her to numerous litigation committees in products liability and mass tort consolidated cases, including being appointed Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in a multi-district litigation against an education testing company. She currently plays an integral role on the committees overseeing the defective Chinese drywall products liability litigation, the Toyota unintended acceleration litigation, the GM ignition switch litigation, the Actos products liability litigation, the testosterone replacement therapy litigation, and in the remaining cases in the Vioxx products liability litigation.

Currently, Ms. Barrios sits on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Association for Justice, is a Director of the New Orleans Bar Foundation, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.

Ms. Barrios is a native of New Orleans and is the proud mother of three sons, one of whom was made her law partner in 2014.