Barry Boss is co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations practice group, vice chair of the Commercial Litigation Department and office managing partner of the D.C. office. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor in April 2004, Barry was an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C. He focuses his practice on complex criminal matters, particularly involving allegations of white-collar crime in federal court.
Barry has extensive jury trial and appellate experience, and has successfully defended individuals and corporations under scrutiny for a wide range of criminal activity throughout the country, including: price-fixing, money laundering, fraud, environmental offenses, gambling, bribery, corruption and racketeering.
Barry has significant experience in sentencing, and currently serves as a co-chair of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Sentencing Committee. Previously, he was a co-chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group and served as a member of the ABA’s Task Force on The Reform of Federal Sentencing for Economic Crimes. Barry frequently writes and speaks about sentencing issues, and serves as a sentencing expert for national media organizations. The Washington Post recently referred to Barry as an "expert" on federal sentencing law. In addition, Barry co-authors Federal Criminal Practice, an 800 page treatise for criminal defense attorneys.
Among other honors, Barry is listed as one of the "Top 100" attorneys in Washington, D.C. by Super Lawyers magazine and ranked by Chambers USA.
Barry earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bates College in 1982. He earned his law degree, with high honors, in 1985, from George Washington University, where he was a member of Order of the Coif.
April 27, 2015
Washington, D.C., April 27, 2015 – The 2015 Washington, D.C., edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 11 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its annual list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
August 18, 2014
In an AP article titled ''Lighter Sentences Sought for Some Business Crimes,'' Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses the U.S. Sentencing Commission's review of sentencing policies for white collar criminals.
May 30, 2014
Chambers USA recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; six attorneys were recognized nationally and eight were ranked in the top band. Stanley Sher was named a “Senior Statesman” in the “Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)” industry, for the pivotal role Sher plays in the firm’s continued success in the transportation industry.
May 25, 2014
In an article titled ''Pleading guilty could cut defendant's sentence,'' Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses the factors considered in the federal sentencing guidelines for fraud conviction. In a related article titled "Rewards uneven in mortgage fraud cases,'' Barry discusses the difficulty of trying to harmonize sentencing breaks and the value of 5K1.1 motions for leniency.
May 01, 2014
Washington, D.C., May 1, 2014 – The 2014 Washington, D.C., edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named nine Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.
August 28, 2013
Forty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from eight of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys were selected based on a rigorous peer-review of more than 4.3 million detailed evaluations. The list will be included in publications such as The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and New York magazine.
July 25, 2013
In an article titled ''Feds Charge Hedge Fund SAC Capital In NY Case,'' Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, Vice Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department and Office Managing Partner of the firm’s D.C. office, shares his insights into the SAC Capital Advisors indictment.
June 07, 2013
Barry Boss (Washington, D.C.) of the firm's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group in featured in the Daily Report regarding the most recent allegations of performance-enhancement drug use in major league baseball. The article titled, "Big Firms Score Baseball Drug Clients," notes Barry's representation of Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta.
May 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – May 26, 2013 – Chambers USA has recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and five were ranked in the top band.
January 31, 2013
In an article titled, ''Ex-Jefferies Arrest Shows Market Lacking Transparency,'' Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, comments on the arrest of Jesse Litvak, a former Jefferies & Co. mortgage-bond trader, and the likelihood that similar arrests will follow. ''He's the first, but won't be the last,'' said Barry.
August 28, 2012
Anne Madonia and Barry Boss Full-Tilt Settlement Featured in The Am Law Daily
August 03, 2012
Barry Boss Discusses Full Tilt Poker Transaction in The National Law Journal, The Legal Intelligencer, Law360 and Numerous Other Publications
July 31, 2012
Cozen O’Connor Represents Full Tilt Poker in Transaction with PokerStars and United States Department of Justice
July 24, 2012
In an article titled, ''Post-Hinckley Changes Make Insanity Defense Hard for Colorado Suspect,'' Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discusses whether James Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, will mount an insanity defense.
June 11, 2012
Chambers USA has recognized 28 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and three were ranked in the top band.
June 05, 2012
Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Department, discusses the rash of juror dismissals at the Roger Clemens perjury trial in Bloomsberg Businessweek article titled, ''Clemens Judge Weighs Dismissing Fourth Juror From Trial.''
June 16, 2011
Chambers USA has recognized 27 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields.
February 09, 2011
Forty-three Cozen O’Connor lawyers from six of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition based on a rigorous peer–review of more than 3.1 million detailed evaluations.
January 20, 2011
In an article titled, ''Insanity Defense Could Be A Tough Sell For Loughner,'' Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, comments on the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, specifically regarding an insanity defense. Boss states, ''The defense now has to prove by clear and convincing evidence, which is an extremely high burden ...that the defendant did not understand the wrongfulness of his conduct.''
June 18, 2010
Chambers USA has recognized 18 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields. The annual rankings are based on client and peer references, as well as information gathered from Chambers’ own independent research. Given both nationally and regionally, the rankings are based on qualities including technical legal ability, professional conduct, and client service.
September 29, 2009
Forty-two Cozen O’Connor attorneys from seven of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2010 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
March 25, 2009
Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Designated 2009 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers By Law & Politics
March 16, 2009
Cozen O’Connor members Barry Boss and Hayes A. Hunt recently lectured on ''Witness Preparation and Direct Examination,'' as part of the District of Columbia Bar’s Essential Trial Skills Series. Boss and Hunt examined techniques and strategies for effective witness preparation and direct examination, including maximizing a witness' potential, while minimizing his or her weaknesses. They also discussed ethical issues in the context of witness preparation and direct examination.
April 08, 2008
Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Designated 2008 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers by Law & Politics
March 20, 2008
Cozen O’Connor Members Barry Boss, Bernard S. Grimm And Hayes A. Hunt Lecture on Trial Skills for D.C. Bar
January 16, 2008
Cozen O’Connor Forms New Practice Group to Address Credit Market Crisis
June 18, 2015
While the case highlights the growing tension between state and federal marijuana law, it is also welcome relief for employers who have or are considering a zero-tolerance drug policy based on federal law’s continued classification of marijuana as an illicit drug.
March 31, 2014
In an article titled “Immaculate Suspension: Non-Analytical Positive Doping Violations from USADA to MLB,” Barry Boss and Rebecca Brodey, of the Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice Group, discuss a new era of combating drug use in baseball and other sports, one where athletes are increasingly suspended for doping violations not because of a positive drug test, but based on non-analytical evidence.
February 16, 2012
Department of Justice and the Wire Act - Gaming Law Review and Economics - Barry Boss of the Commercial Litigation Group was featured in a roundtable discussion, hosted by the Gaming Law Review and Economics, to discuss the Department of Justice’s recent pronouncement on the Wire Act. Moderated by Sue Schneider, the panel dissects the Wire Act, providing a brief overview of its history, the various ways it has been applied in the past, and what the DOJ’s new policy implicates for future interpretations of the Act.
January 01, 2012
Pretrial release strategies, alternatives to prosecution, discovery angles, plea bargaining and agreement suggestions, sentence negotiation tactics, recent case-based examples, dozens of pretrial motions with memoranda, hundreds of practice tips, and much more.
March 11, 2011
Hold ’Em or Draw: The Strange Case of U.S. Enforcement Efforts Against Internet Gambling and Peer-to-Peer Poker - White Collar Crime Report - While federal and state legislators around the nation parse bills to regulate Internet poker, federal prosecutors have been quietly forfeiting Internet gaming proceeds under federal forfeiture statutes. These efforts follow several notable recent prosecutions of individuals for dealing with Internet gaming proceeds.
September 01, 2008
Money Laundering Defense After Santos And Regalado Cuellar - NACDL's Champion Magazine - For some time, prosecutors and money laundering
charges have had a romantic relationship. For many years, the breadth of the statute was matched only by its draconian sentencing guideline ranges. In 2001, the Sentencing Commission amended U.S.S.G. § 2S1.1 to tie offense levels for money laundering more closely to the underlying conduct that was the source of the criminally derived funds.2 Many expected that this amendment would eviscerate the plea
August 14, 2008
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