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Barry L. Pickens


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T 913.327.5129
F 913.345.0736

Barry Pickens is a civil litigator with a focus on appellate litigation, insurance coverage and other commercial litigation matters.

In his appellate work, Barry helps defend results obtained at the trial court level that were favorable for his clients on appeal. Where clients received unfavorable results at the trial level, he helps them develop strategies to obtain appellate relief from those results.

In his insurance coverage work, Barry represents both policyholders and insurers. On matters involving liability coverage, he has represented numerous policyholders who sought to enforce their insurers’ obligation to provide indemnity protection or a defense against lawsuits so that clients can receive the coverage for which they bargained.

In his other commercial litigation work, Barry often represents clients in complex, multi-party litigation. Those matters have included class actions, collective actions, and other mass actions. He has experience working on both the plaintiff and the defense side in these types of complex civil litigation matters.

Highlights of Barry Pickens experience include:

  • Great Rivers Coop v. Farmland Industries: Successfully defended client in “bet the company” securities litigation challenging the model the client used to finance its cooperative business by obtaining summary judgments that resulted in dismissal of all claims and successfully defended those judgments in multiple federal appeals.
  • In re Krigel Jewelers/ARY Jewelers v. Krigel: Obtained summary judgment for client who was alleged to have breached an agreement to purchase jewelry chain from pre-packaged bankruptcy proceeding and then obtained summary judgment ordering return of seven-figure deposit paid into escrow by client, with interest.
  • Emergency Medical Servs. v. St. Paul Mercury Ins.: Obtained summary judgment in favor of policyholder for breach of insurance policy and successfully defended judgment in federal appeal.


  • American Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2023

Contact Barry Pickens at 913.327.5129 or bpickens@spencerfane.com.