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Peter F Barry

Peter F Barry

National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Consumer Law
  • Minnesota, Wisconsin
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Pete Barry is an attorney admitted to practice in the State and Federal courts of Minnesota. He is also admitted in numerous other federal courts including the United States Supreme Court. He is a partner of Barry & Helwig, LLC. His national practice is dedicated exclusively to protecting consumers against illegal debt collection activity and training lawyers on ethical strategies to sue debt collectors. He was twice-named by his peers as a Super Lawyer® by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine. The National Association of Consumer Advocates named him its Consumer Lawyer of the Year in 2005.

Pete opened his law practice directly out of law school and has been enjoying his private plaintiff's practice ever since. His FDCPA Boot Camps have trained thousands of lawyers in all 50 states. Pete has frequently appeared in local and national news stories discussing consumer rights issues. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and on numerous local stations discussing abusive consumer collection cases. In 2008, Pete appeared on the cover of CityPages magazine in a feature story about his life and career suing debt collectors.

Pete volunteers as a district ethics investigator and as a formal mentor to law students. He volunteers with the Minnesota State Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Program as a judge and maintains an ongoing pro-bono legal practice. He is a volunteer with the U.S. District Court and Federal Bar Association's Pro Se Project, assisting unrepresented parties for free in federal civil cases. Since 2003, Pete has taught as an adjunct Professor of Law at Mitchell Hamline College of Law where he teaches Consumer Rights Law. He was born in San Jose, California and lives in St. Paul, with his wife Robin and five beautiful daughters.

Practice Area
  • Consumer Law
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Debt defense and garnishment/judgment work is performed hourly.
  • Contingent Fees
    FDCPA - Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases are done on a contingency fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
8th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Experience
National Association of Consumer Advocates
- Current
William Mitchell College of Law
J.D. (1996) | Law
Activities: Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners, St. Paul Tenant's Union
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
B.A. (1993) | Political Science
Attorney of the Year
National Association of Consumer Advocates
Professional Associations
State Bar of Minnesota # 0266577
Wisconsin State Bar Association
- Current
Minnesota State Bar Association
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Social Media
Contact & Map
Barry & Helwig, LLC
2701 University Avenue SE
Suite 209
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Toll-Free: (866) 714-8800
Telephone: (612) 379-8800
Fax: (612) 379-8810