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Barry J. Koopmann

Barry J. Koopmann

Managing Partner

Barry Koopmann is the managing partner of the Minneapolis office of Bowman and Brooke and co-chair of the firm’s medical device and pharmaceutical practice group.  He is a trial lawyer who defends product manufacturers in high-stakes litigation nationwide. Barry has served as National Coordinating Counsel in high-profile medical device trials and appeals. He enjoys mastering the science, facts, and law applicable to his cases and using that knowledge to get his clients the best possible results. 

Among his notable experience, Barry was trial counsel in a bellwether jury trial defending the manufacturer of an orthopedic surgical device, and served as support trial counsel on behalf of a medical device manufacturer in a jury trial involving alleged injuries sustained from pelvic mesh. Barry serves on the national expert team in one of the largest multidistrict litigations in history, identifying and developing experts, preparing experts for depositions and trials, and defending and taking expert depositions.  Barry has taken scores of expert and key fact witness depositions in cases involving medical devices, pharmaceuticals, automobiles and other products in areas such as urogynecology, pathology, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, gastroenterology, FDA regulatory compliance, automotive design, biomechanics, and accident reconstruction.

Barry has been recognized by Minnesota Super Lawyers magazine as a Rising Star nine times, and was named an "Up & Coming Lawyer" by Minnesota Lawyer magazine. Barry is also active in pro bono work; serving as a volunteer attorney representing children in the foster care system via the Children's Law Center of Minnesota. In 2014, he was recognized as a North Star Lawyer by the Minnesota State Bar Association because of his pro bono work, and the firm—due to Barry's work and the work of several of his colleagues—was awarded the Children's Law Center's Distinguished Service Award.  

Barry earned his Juris Doctor with high honors from Drake University in 2003. While at Drake, Barry was published in the Drake Law Review, served as its Research Editor, and was awarded the Morris A. Haft Award for distinguished service to the Drake Law Review. He lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota with his wife and two daughters.


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2003
  • Wisconsin, 2004

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida


  • Drake University Law School, J.D., 2003

    Research Editor, Drake Law Review

    Staff Member, Drake Law Review

  • University of Iowa, B.A., 2000
    Major:  English

Professional Associations

    • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Wisconsin State Bar Association


    • Benchmark Litigation
      —"Future Star," 2018 – 2019
      —"Under 40 Hot List," 2016 – 2017
    • Minnesota Lawyer
      —"Up & Coming Attorney," 2009
    • Super Lawyers Magazine 
      —Minnesota Rising Stars, 2007, 2009 – 2018

Recent News, Events and Blogs

Speaking Engagements

  • “Litigation Trends and Claims Forecast for the Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and Clinical Trial Industries,” Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, December 2017
  • "Potential Litigation Risk Associated with Reactions to Implants Made from Resorbable Materials,” Co-Presenter, Client Seminar, October 2017
  • "Three’s a Crowd? Examining Undisclosed Third Party Involvement in Lawsuits as Lead Generators, Litigation Funders or Media Strategists Directing Press Strategy in Pending Litigation,” ABA Life Sciences Summit, San Francisco, CA, September 2017


  • "How to Prepare For and Take Your First Expert Deposition," Verdict, Summer 2009
  • "Note, A Rule of Which Procrustes Would Be Proud: An Analysis of the Physical Injury Requirement in Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims Under Iowa Law," 51 Drake Law Review 361, 2003