Judge Michael Ryan Barrett was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Cincinnati. He later served as a member of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, including one term as Chairman.
Judge Barrett was admitted to practice law in Ohio in November, 1977. From July 1977 through January, 1978, he served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the State of Ohio. On February 1, 1978 he joined the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor and later was named a Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Felony Trial Division. Following the Prosecutor’s Office, he joined Graydon, Head & Ritchey where he worked from March 1984 through December 31, 1994 first as an associate and later as a partner concentrating in general litigation. He joined Barrett & Weber as a shareholder where he remained from January 1, 1995 until May 24, 2006.
On May 25, 2006, Judge Michael R. Barrett was sworn as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.