Barry A. Abbott photoBarry A. Abbott

Practice Areas

  • Financial Services
  • Payments
  • New Product Development
  • Corporate
  • Non-Profit Law
  • Cannabis Law

Barry Abbott retired from Lane Powell in 2022. He is a nationally-known corporate, financial institutions, Internet payments, and e-commerce lawyer. He has provided legal counsel to many of the largest institutions and corporations in the U.S. and abroad. In this connection, Mr. Abbott was involved in developing the legal documents for the first equityline product (for Crocker Bank in the late 1970s), was principally responsible for developing all legal documents for the first major reverse mortgage program (for Transamerica HomeFirst in the late 1980s), was the original legal counsel who helped organize NCREIF (The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries), and served as Chief Legal Officer of The REX Group (now called Unison), which developed the first true home owner-occupied option investment product and marketplace.

Professional Affiliations

  • Past Member, Federal Reserve Board Consumer Advisory Council
  • Member, Governing Committee of the Conference on Consumer Finance Law
  • Fellow and past Board member and officer, American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
  • Member and past Committee and Subcommittee officer, American Bar Association Committees on Consumer Financial Services and Banking Law
  • Member and past Section, Committee and Subcommittee officer, State Bar of California Business Law Section and Financial Institutions and Insurance Law Committees
  • Past Board member and Committee chair, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Past Board member and officer, Barristers Club of San Francisco
  • Fellow- The Royal Society of Arts (London)

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