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Duane Morris Partner Michael Barnicle Named Washington, D.C., Trailblazer
September 1, 2020
Duane Morris partner Michael E. Barnicle has been named a Washington, D.C., Trailblazer by National Law Journal. The inaugural list honors individuals who are “truly agents of change.”
The publication writes:
PIONEER SPIRIT In law school, Michael Barnicle read about U.S. military veterans who were not receiving the benefits they deserved. He was so upset that he started a free legal clinic to help veterans obtain what the government owned them. But that wasn't enough. "I said, 'well, if I'm going to walk the walk and talk the talk. ...'" He enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he became a paratrooper and served in Iraq. The experience informs his private practice, in which he facilitates government contracts - including defense contracts - for his clients. "I'm a bridge a lot of times," spanning the worlds of business and the military. "I speak (both) languages and that really facilitates difficult things."
TRAILS BLAZED Barnicle entered the Army through a pilot program that provided legal advisers to military commanders in areas of conflict. "The more difficult the place in the world, the more difficult the legal problems." In the four years since he left the Army, Barnicle became a partner at Duane Morris and helped create the firm's government contracts and international trade practice group. His client list includes many defense contractors, and at least half his practice involves international markets. Although attached to the firm's Washington office, Barnicle works mostly out of Chicago. "Federal government contracts don't have geographic limitations."
FUTURE EXPLORATIONS During the COVID-19 pandemic, Barnicle has spent much of his time "helping suppliers think creatively to work with both the federal and state governments" to maintain the supply chain for medicines and medical equipment. When the pandemic subsides, he will resume working with technology companies that he thinks are key to supporting military operations. "They're kind of the new Lockheeds and the new Raytheons and the new large defense industrial base contractors. It's really important that they understand how to work with the government."
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