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Dawn M. Barrios


Phone: (504) 524-3300

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Curriculum Vitae

Ms. Barrios is a founding partner of this boutique firm, concentrating her work in the field of complex Multi-District litigation, products liability litigation, mass torts,  and class actions.  In 2011, the judges of the Eastern District of Louisiana appointed Ms. Barrios to the Lawyers Disciplinary Enforcement Committee, an 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 2012, an honor she has received in 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.  Ms. Barrios has also been named by Super Lawyer magazine as 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 was awarded 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 Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP in 1995.

Since the mid-1990s and her roll 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 national litigation committees in products liability and mass tort consolidated litigations, including being appointed Lead Plaintiffs’ Counsel in Multi-District Litigation lawsuits against an education testing company.  She currently plays an integral role in the committee overseeing the defective Chinese drywall products liability litigation, the Toyota unintended acceleration litigation, and in the remaining cases in the Vioxx products liability litigation. For a full list of Ms. Barrios’ court appointments, please see the link to her Curriculum Vitae above.

Ms. Barrios is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and the Federal Bar Association. She has also received the highest rating for attorneys, AV, indicating excellence in legal work and ethical principles.

Bar Admissions:

1976, Louisiana State Bar and the US District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

1997, US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

1998, U.S. Court of Appeal, Sixth Circuit

Areas of Practice:

  • Class Actions & Complex Litigation
  • Multi-District Litigation
  • Mass Torts
  • Products Liability Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice


J.D., 1976, Tulane University School of Law

B.A.1974, Newcomb College

701 Poydras Street, Suite 3650 • New Orleans, Louisiana • 70139

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