J. Campbell Barker
Cam’s practice focuses on appellate and complex commercial litigation. Before joining the firm, he was an appellate attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he argued cases in the federal courts of appeals and briefed cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. Cam’s work focused in part on intellectual property crimes, and he was part of the Department’s computer hacking and intellectual property program. Cam also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, prosecuting felonies in bench and jury trials.
Cam graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was Grand Chancellor and Book Review Editor on the Texas Law Review. He clerked for Chief Judge John M. Walker, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge William C. Bryson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Cam is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, the four federal districts in Texas, and all Texas state courts.
U.S. Supreme Court Cases
- Horne v. U.S. Dep’t of Agriculture, No. 12-123. Authored amicus brief for constitutional law scholars on proper timing and forum for Takings Clause challenge to agricultural program.
- United States v. Jones, Represented the United States in briefing the constitutionality of the warrantless installation and use of a GPS tracking device to monitor the public movements of a suspect’s vehicle.
- Reynolds v. United States, Represented the United States in briefing a defendant’s standing to challenge sex-offender-registration duties under federal law.
- Kansas v. Ventris, Represented the United States in briefing the admissibility for impeachment purposes of a defendant’s voluntary statement obtained without a voluntary waiver of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel.
- Chambers v. United States, Represented the United States in briefing the scope of a federal sentencing-enhancement statute.
Texas Supreme Court Cases
- TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Commission on State Emergency Communications, Successfully represented a prepaid-mobile-phone company in the appeal of a state agency’s decision that it owed 9-1-1 fees under a statute intended to impose the fee on monthly-billed service. The firm represented TracFone in obtaining Texas Supreme Court review, and the Court held, as we argued, that applying the fee to prepaid service was not authorized by statute and would result in illegal double taxation.
U.S. Court of Appeals Cases
- Sharma v. Holder, Argued for and obtained from the Fifth Circuit a decision overturning the denial of asylum to a Nepali citizen by U.S. immigration officials, whose ruling the court found unsupported by substantial evidence and based on an unrealistic standard of proof for proving qualifying persecution.
- United States v. Cruz, No. 09-5040 (4th Cir. 2011) Won on the briefs in consolidated appeals challenging three defendants’ convictions on violence-in-aid-of-racketeering charges.
- United States v. Sumeru, No. 09-50187 (9th Cir. 2011) Argued and won appeal upholding convictions and sentences for securities fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering.
- United States v. Rickmon, 436 Fed. App’x 708 (7th Cir. 2011) Argued and won appeal upholding drug and gun convictions.
- United States v. Simmonds, 425 Fed. App’x 31 (2d Cir. 2011) Argued and won appeal regarding the scope of the federal false-statements statute.
- United States v. Crespo-Rios, 645 F.3d 37 (1st Cir. 2011) Argued and won appeal seeking reversal of a district court’s order suppressing evidence.
- United States v. Gonzalez-Terrazas, 529 F.3d 293 (5th Cir. 2008) Drafted petition for rehearing that prompted the court to amend its opinion and withdraw an unfavorable ruling.
- United States v. Nelson, 295 Fed. App’x 491 (9th Cir. 2008) Argued and won appeal on district court’s admission of expert testimony.
- United States v. Vanvliet, 542 F.3d 259 (1st Cir. 2008) Argued and won appeal involving suppression, jury-deadlock, and prosecutorial-misconduct issues.
- United States v. Branch, 537 F.3d 582 (6th Cir. 2008) Argued and won appeal involving challenges to a search and mishandled evidence.
- United States v. Elashyi, 554 F.3d 480 (5th Cir. 2008) Argued and won appeal affirming convictions for export violations, money laundering, false statements, and dealing in the property of a specially designated individual.
- "Appellate Lawyer of the Week," Texas Lawyer (September 16, 2013)
- Member: American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Austin Intellectual Property American Inn of Court
- Pegasus Scholar, American Inns of Court, 2011
- “Anatomy of a Good Oral Argument,” Appellate Practice Conference, National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute, April 16 & 19, 2013 (Co-Presenter)
- “United States Supreme Court Update,” The Appellate Advocate, 2013, Vol. 25
- "FCPA, Sanctions, Export & Antiboycott Compliance" and "The Attorney-Client Privilege," (with Charlie Parker), Texas Bar CLE, June 6, 2012
- "Morrison v. National Australia Bank: The Impact on Institutional Investors," D.C. Bar Panel Discussion, May 15, 2012
- Appellate Advocacy Seminar, National Advocacy Center, August 2010 and 2011
- "Texas Regulation of Religious Higher Education" (with Eric Cernyar), “The Legal Rights and Responsibilities of the First Amendment’s Religious Liberties Clauses,” State Bar of Texas Symposium, (2005)
- "Grossly Excessive Penalties in the Battle Against Illegal File-Sharing," 83 Tex. L. Rev. 525 (2004)
- "Wavelet-Based VBR Video Traffic Smoothing," 6 IEEE Transactions on Multimedia 611 (2004)
- "Dynamic Video Traffic Smoothing," Proc. Packet Video Wkshp. (2002)
- The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2005,
Highest Honors (Grand Chancellor; Book Review Editor, Texas Law Review)
- Texas A&M University, B.S., Computer/Electrical Engineering, 2002, summa cum laude (Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, Dean’s Honor Roll)
- Law Clerk to The Hon. William C. Bryson, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2006-2007
- Law Clerk to The Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2005-2006
- Admitted to Practice: Texas, 2005