Curt C. Barwick

Founding Partner

Curt C. Barwick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Barwick Corporate Law.
Prior to launching Barwick Corporate Law in 2023, Mr. Barwick was a partner of McConnell Barwick LLP, a boutique corporate, business and transactional firm located in Irvine, California where he practiced for nearly three decades. Prior thereto, Mr. Barwick was General Counsel of DVI Inc., a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. Earlier, he served as a member of the corporate/securities department with the Newport Beach office of Buchalter, Nemer, Fields & Younger and the Los Angeles office of another prominent Southern California firm. Mr. Barwick is the former Co-Chair of the Corporations Committee and Vice Chair of Legislation of the Executive Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar.

Practice Areas

Mr. Barwick’s practice areas include all aspects of business and transactional law, including mergers & acquisitions (M&A), corporate finance, venture capital, private equity, technology licensing and general business law. With special expertise in M&A, he has represented both financial and strategic buyers and sellers in a wide range of transactions across industry groups. Mr. Barwick also acts as outside general counsel for many of his clients, which range in size from start-ups to companies with annual revenue in excess of $100 million.

Ratings and Awards:

Mr. Barwick has been consistently recognized as one of the leading corporate attorneys in Southern California. In 2020 and 2023, Mr. Barwick was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers of America in Corporate Law in Orange County and has been selected by fellow attorneys for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America and Best Lawyers in Southern California every year since 2009. Considered one of the area’s “go to” firms for middle-market businesses and M&A transactions, McConnell Barwick LLP was recognized as one of Orange County’s “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® every year since 2011, and consistently received a highly-coveted Metropolitan Tier 1 rating for Corporate Law. In 2015, Mr. Barwick was listed in the Los Angeles Times as one of Orange County’s ten best corporate lawyers. Mr. Barwick has received an AV Preeminent® rating by Martindale-Hubble for excellence in legal ability and ethical standards and a perfect 10.0 “Superb” rating by AVVO. In 1992, Mr. Barwick was awarded the State Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award by the California Bar Association.


Mr. Barwick graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1976, and from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a Master of Arts degree in 1977. He was awarded his Juris Doctor from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco (Hastings) in 1983.


Mr. Barwick was admitted to the California Bar in 1983 and the District of Columbia Bar in 1985.


Mr. Barwick is the past Chairman and a current member of the Orange County Bar Association’s Business and Corporate Law and Financial Practice Sections. He also is a member of the American Bar Association (Business Law Section and the Federal and State (“Blue Sky”) Securities and Private Equity – Venture Capital subcommittees).


Mr. Barwick has been a contributing author and/or editor of the following publications of the California State Bar: Guide to California Securities Law Practice (2003); Report on Legal Opinions in Business Transactions (2005); Handbook for Incorporating a Business in California (2006).

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