BARRY S. WILLDORF is a graduate of Columbia Law School and a member in good standing of both the NY (retired) and California bars. He has an AV rating from Martindale and Hubbell and has been lead attorney in well over one hundred trials of all kinds, civil, criminal and military. He began his legal career as a criminal investigator for the N.Y. Legal Aid Society. He has been a Judge Pro Tem and an arbitrator on the A.A.A., Kaiser, FINRA and NYSE panels. Over the past two decades, he has litigated or been arbitrator on a number of medical malpractice claims and has represented hundreds of people swindled in real estate and securities frauds. He has extensive experience evaluating forensic evidence. His legal writings include authorship of jury instructions dealing with fraud and misrepresentation for Matthew Bender’s California Forms of Jury Instructions, editing Matthew Bender’s Trial Master series, How to Pass the LSAT’s, Monarch Press, 1969 and several articles dealing with the Second Amendment. In 2005, the San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Panel named him “Attorney Of The Year”.
Barry was born in New York City and grew up in Malden and Gloucester, MA, where he was one of the earliest surfers on the North Shore. He graduated from Colby College in 1966 with a B.A. in History and earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1969. He also studied history at the University of Manchester in England in the mid-sixties. Barry was the founder of the Southern California Military Law Project representing servicemen in all service branches during the Vietnam War. He has lived in San Francisco since 1970 and homesteaded in Mendocino County between 1977 and 1993. He is married, has three children and three grandchildren. Barry brings all of these life and career experiences to his novels.