Michael S. Barranco
Mr. Barranco is a trial lawyer engaged in a general litigation practice. He has more than 31 years of litigation and trial experience in both the state and federal courts, as well as before arbitration panels, on a local and national level.
Mr. Barranco is peer review rated “AV”® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He was admitted to the bar of Maryland in December of 1985 and is also admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
The focus of his litigation practice is banking, commercial, business, products liability and consumer protection disputes. Mr. Barranco has represented national, regional and community banks and lenders and other financial institutions. This includes the representation of financial institutions as lead defense counsel in national and regional class action lawsuits involving consumer finance, mortgage financing, leasing issues, UCC issues, financial privacy issues and fraud claims. Mr. Barranco has successfully defended clients in numerous cases involving alleged violations of various provisions of TILA, RESPA, ECOA, FDCPA, FCRA and state law counterparts. In addition, Mr. Barranco represents automotive and other manufacturers and distributors in defense of products liability and consumer protection cases. In addition to his defense litigation practice, Mr. Barranco has represented Plaintiffs in selected cases. He has recovered for his clients millions of dollars in damages.
In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Barranco has counseled and represented clients on issues involving warranty disclosures, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, small business shareholder rights, commercial lease disputes, equipment leasing disputes, employment law, EEOC matters, telecommunications and utility law, zoning and land use law and condominium regime disputes.
Mr. Barranco graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1982. He then enrolled at the University of Maryland School of Law where he received his J.D. with honors in 1985. As a law student, he was the recipient of the John S. Strahorn, Jr. Memorial Prize and American Jurisprudence awards for the best work in evidence.
Prior to joining Treanor Pope & Hughes in July of 1998, Mr. Barranco was associated with the Baltimore firm of Piper & Marbury (now known as DLA Piper), where he practiced in the areas of product liability, business and commercial litigation as well as counseling manufacturers, distributors, retailers and service providers with respect to loss prevention, safety, risk assessment, product recalls, Year 2000 compliance and regulatory compliance issues.
Mr. Barranco has been a faculty member for several years at the Deposition Practice & Procedure course provided by the Maryland Institute of Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL) and Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), and has taught paralegal studies at the Harford County Community College. Mr. Barranco is a past Chair of the Professionalism Committee of the Baltimore County Bar Association.