Two Members Again Named “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Barry Boss and Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder, attorneys in Cozen O’Connor’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, were named in the Washingtonian magazine’s "Top Lawyers" list. They are recognized for their white collar and criminal defense work and will be featured in the December 2018 issue. According to the Washingtonian, the biannual “Top Lawyers” list recognizes approximately 700 local-area attorneys across 21 practice areas who have demonstrated the highest standards of their profession, and who have cultivated the true respect and esteem of their colleagues.  The selection process, vetted by the publication's editorial staff, is based on peer reviews, independent research and reporting, and evaluations of notable successes of the local bar.  

Barry has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America directory each year since 2010. Barry is Co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group, Vice Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department, and managing partner of the Washington, D.C., office. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, he was an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C. Barry focuses on complex criminal matters,  with an emphasis on those involving allegations of white-collar crime in federal court. His practice also includes defending individuals and corporations under scrutiny for a broad range of criminal activity, including price-fixing, money laundering, fraud, environmental offenses, gambling, bribery, corruption, and racketeering.  

Biz focuses on white-collar defense and health care matters. She regularly represents clients in congressional and criminal fraud investigations as well as in qui tam, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), False Claims Act (FCA), civil RICO, and employment litigation. She has counseled clients on the development and implementation of internal compliance and ethics programs, the conduct of internal investigations, and Sarbanes-Oxley issues. Biz also represents companies and individuals in suspension and debarment matters as well as in congressional and inspector general matters.

Cozen O’Connor’s top-ranked White Collar Defense and Investigations practice successfully represents U.S. and international clients in large-scale and cross-border government inquiries and civil and criminal litigation. Our team offers wide-ranging experience, coupled with practical criminal defense skills, to represent individuals, public and private companies, corporate boards, special committees, directors, and officers in internal investigations, federal and state grand jury investigations, state attorney general investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and civil and criminal forfeiture proceedings. We handle inquiries initiated by the Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Energy, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Federal Trade Commission, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, the World Bank, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, state attorneys general, district attorneys, and executive agency inspectors general.

About Cozen O’Connor

Established in 1970, Cozen O’Connor has more than 825 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ needs through 26 offices across two continents.

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Barry Boss

Co-Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
Co-Chair, White Collar Defense & Investigations

(202) 912-4818

Barbara Van Gelder

Of Counsel

(202) 463-2516


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