Steven F. Barley | Baltimore | Hogan Lovells

Steven F. Barley

Partner Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Barley Steven

Steven F. Barley
Barley Steven
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"Someone who can instill confidence in his clients."

Chambers USA, 2018

Steve Barley is a Partner in Hogan Lovells’ Baltimore office. He is recognized as one of Maryland's top commercial litigators and has a proven track record of obtaining successful results for his clients.  Steve’s practice focuses on complex business litigation matters, including claims of fraud, breach of contract and business torts. He handles class actions, derivative and consolidated proceedings, and is frequently consulted to help clients assess and reduce risk in advance of litigation.  

Steve believes good outcomes result from effective and successful advocacy, sound strategic planning, and hard work. He believes that a lawyer should first understand his client's business, especially in high-stakes controversies, and how a resolution might influence a its goals. Once he understands that, he tailors the strategy toward advancing those goals, whether in court or across the bargaining table.  

Steve has a particularly deep understanding of the life sciences industry, and has handled many matters for a wide variety of pharmaceutical, biotech, and device companies – large and small, public and private, based in the U.S. and abroad.  He provides knowledgeable representation to some of the world’s most innovative life science companies. His practice goes beyond common commercial disputes – he is also has a keen comprehension of supply chain structures and the pricing, marketing, and reimbursement issues related to various government programs. He's likewise has extensive experience with disputes surrounding collaboration, co-promotion, distribution, and other partnering agreements.

Steve is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for bet-the-company and commercial litigation. Steve helps lead our global life sciences litigation practice and previously served as the Baltimore Office Managing Partner. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from the University of Maryland.   

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"An all purpose trial lawyer who can try anything imaginable."


Representative experience

Defeated expedited motion for preliminary injunction for biotech company in which the plaintiff sought to shut down a clinical cancer trial.
Lead national counsel for biotech company in national class action and state AG cases alleging improper sales, marketing, and pricing practices.
Won motion to dismiss federal securities class action against publicly traded biotech company and defeated effort to enjoin shareholder meeting.
Won motion to dismiss US$600m lawsuit alleging defamation and other torts in connection with referendum related to Maryland gaming facility.
Won a series of motions to dismiss in various courts over "finder's fee" claim relating to alleged sale of interests in an NFL franchise.
Represented medical device company in national class action by third-party payors asserting consumer protection claims relating to recall of devices.
Representing major laboratory company in national class action alleging failure to adhere to FACTA's credit and debit card receipt requirements.
Won motion to dismiss business tort claims against laboratory company by health insurer alleging client misled network providers about rates.


  • J.D., University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, with highest honors, 1990
  • Certification, College for Financial Planning, 1988
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1985
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Maryland
Court admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Instructor, Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers, Trial Advocacy Institute 


Litigation: General Commercial (Maryland) | Band 2

Chambers USA

Business Litigation

Maryland Super Lawyers

Commercial Litigation

Best Lawyers in America

Bet the Company Litigation

Best Lawyers in America

BTI Client Service All-Star

BTI Consulting Group