Barry S. Willdorf was born in New York City on March 6, 1945 and grew up in Malden and Gloucester, MA, where he was one of the pioneer surfers on the North Shore of Massachusetts in the early ‘60s.. He graduated from Colby College in 1966 with a B.A. in History and earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1969. He also attended the University of Manchester in England in the mid-sixties.
In 1970, Barry founded the Southern California Military Law Project, one of a handful of legal defense organizations run by civilians dedicated to defending U.S. service personal charged with violations of military law that involved opposition to the Vietnam War and/or racial discrimination. Mr. Willdorf continued representing members of the armed forces until 1975. During that time, he co-authored a legal self-help book for military service personnel: Turning the Regs Around. In 2001, Mr. Willdorf published a semi-autobiographical novel, Bring the War Home! fictionalizing his experiences representing anti-war Marines at Camp Pendleton, CA in 1970 and 1971. This novel is available as a free download on Scribd. His legal publishing credits include co-authoring How To Pass the LSATs, Monarch Press, 1969, a chapter in Matthew Bender, California Forms of Jury Instructions, relating to real estate brokers, appraisers and notaries and acting as a contributing editor for Matthew Bender’s, Trial Master series. He has also published several shorter works on the Second Amendment.
Barry enjoys the highest attorney rating given by Martindale and Hubbell. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the courts of New York, California and several federal jurisdictions. During a legal career spanning four decades, he has been a trial counsel in more than 100 trials, including defending clients charged with serious felonies. He has represented hundreds of victims of securities and real estate fraud. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem in the San Francisco Superior Courts and has been a member of the panels of arbitrators for NASD, NYSE and Kaiser. In 2005, he was named “Attorney of the Year” by the San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Panel. Barry draws on these experiences in crafting his fiction.
Barry’s historical novel, The Flight of the Sorceress, (Wild Child Publishing, 2010) recently won a Global E-Book Award for best historical literature in the ancient history category. The Flight of the Sorceress tells the story of how the newly-empowered Roman Catholic Church waged religious war against women, pagans, dissenters and “heretics” from the points of view of two women, the fictitious Glenys, a Celtic healer and the very real Hypatia of Alexandria, renowned mathematician and the last librarian of Alexandria who was brutally murdered by churchmen in 415 A.D. The novel also describes the expulsion of the Jews from Alexandria in 415 A.D. (perhaps the first modern-style pogrom.) as well as the Roman Catholic Church’s first heresy show trial conducted under the auspices of St. Augustine in Carthage in 411 A.D.
Burning Questions, the first part of Barry’s “1970s Trilogy” has just been published (August 2011) by Whiskey Creek Press. Burning Questions, set in Gloucester MA, addresses issues of teenage suicide, corrupt real estate dealing and class prejudice. Part Two, A Shot In The Arm, develops the protagonists and is scheduled for publication July 2012.