R. Michael Barry Jr. has earned three degrees from UGA. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance from Terry in 1993, followed by a law degree in 1996. He returned to UGA in 2003 and received his MBA through the Terry College's Executive MBA program in 2005. He remains very active in the EMBA Program, participating in new student recruitment and alumni activities.
Barry is a partner in the law firm of Epstein, Becker & Green P.C. and a member of the firm's practices in health care and corporate and securities law. He represents clients in joint ventures, private securities offerings and other complex business transactions, including health care regulatory guidance. In 2005 and 2006, he was named a Georgia "Rising Star," awarded to less than 2½ percent of young attorneys practicing in the state. He also was a participant in the 2005 class of Leadership Georgia.
Prior to joining EBG's law practice in 1998, Barry was a tax consultant for two years with Arthur Andersen. While at Andersen, he also served on the firm's staff leadership committee and was active in recruiting for the firm.
As an undergraduate, Barry served as president of Sigma Nu fraternity and treasurer of the Interfraternity Council and was selected to Gridiron, Blue Key, Order of Omega and the Greek Horsemen. He has remained active as an alumni leader for Sigma Nu, serving as a chapter advisor and vice president of the house corporation. He has been and continues to be involved in ongoing discussions with UGA regarding development of the proposed River Road fraternity park.
He is a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church, the Georgia Bar, American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers and the Piedmont Park Conservancy, in addition to serving as president of his homeowners' association. Having lived in a number of states growing up, he graduated from high school in St. Simons Island, Ga.