Maria A. Barton

General Counsel

Maria A. Barton, Esq. is a Senior Vice President and was appointed the General Counsel and Executive Committee member of Purdue Pharma in February 2017.

Prior to joining Purdue in April 2016, Barton worked at Latham & Watkins in New York, where she was a Litigation Partner, representing clients in diverse industries. Barton served for more than 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. In this role, she investigated and prosecuted federal criminal cases involving white collar fraud, tax schemes, money laundering, racketeering, public corruption and narcotics trafficking. She has tried a dozen felony cases and received the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance on three occasions.

Barton has been highlighted as one of the world’s 100 remarkable Women in Investigations 2015 by the Global Investigations Review and recommended by The Legal 500 2014 and 2015 for International Trade and White-Collar Criminal Defense.

Barton has held other prominent investigative roles in her career, directing teams of lawyers, investigators and analysts in far-reaching inquiries.

Barton received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University.

Leadership page

The prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis is a multifaceted public health challenge, and as a manufacturer of prescription opioids, we have a responsibility to join the fight. At Purdue we are committed to lead our industry in helping address our nation's prescription and illicit opioid abuse crisis.

There is more to come – as we continue to work with partners and experts to deliver solutions. Below you will find additional information about our efforts.

Read our open letter about the opioid crisis.