Barry Bach

“I find the law to be endlessly fascinating. I enjoy every day of it.”

Areas of Practice

General Litigation      

Professional Experience

I have been practicing law for 48 years. After serving as a clerk to Judge Alexander Harvey, II in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, I joined the law firm of Smith, Somerville & Case where I litigated all manner of cases for corporate, insurance and individual clients, for almost thirty years. In 1997, I joined Pessin Katz Law, P.A., where I have continued my litigation practice.

Personal Information


  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1969
  • University of Maryland, B.A., with honors, 1964

Bar Admission

  • Maryland (1969)
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Maryland

Bar Associations

  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association
  • Former Chairman, Litigation Section Council (1988 – Present)
  • Judicial Nominating Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Bar Association of Baltimore County

Published Articles

  • “Checklist: When a Malpractice Claim is Filed” and More Defense Against Malpractice Claims” ABA-The Complete Lawyer
  • “False Imprisonment/Arrest, Malicious Prosecution, Malicious Use of Civil Process and Abuse of Process,” MICPEL International Tort
  • “It’s Time for a Meaningful Y2K Report Card,” Baltimore Business Journal
  • “The Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act: To Disclose or Not to Disclose, That is the Question,” Baltimore Business Journal

Community Involvement

  • Past Board Member, Everyman Theatre

Additional Information

  • Association of Defense Trial Counsel of Metropolitan Baltimore — Former President
  • Vice Chairman — ABA Section of Tort and Insurance Practice — Non Profit Organizations Committee
  • Commissioner, Attorney Grievance Commission
  • Review Board — Attorney Grievance Commission, Chairman (1985 — 1986); Member (1983 — 1986), (1990 — 1993)
  • Attorney Grievance Commission — Peer Review Panel Member
  • Member, Maryland Juvenile Justice Advisory Commission
  • Member, Character Committee, Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • Member, Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers, 2007-2015
  • AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015 Washington D.C and Baltimore Legal Leaders (Litigation) 

AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell

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