Barry Boss

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

Washington, D.C.

(202) 912-4818

(866) 413-0172

Barry is co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Commercial Litigation Department and co-chair of the White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice Group. He is also a former managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor in April 2004, Barry served as an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C. Barry focuses his practice on advising companies and individuals confronting potential criminal exposure.

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. He also advises individuals, including senior and C-suite executives, in complex internal and government-facing investigations, often involving multiple multinational jurisdictions and authorities.

Barry has significant experience in sentencing. Previously, he served as a co-chair of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Sentencing Committee and a co-chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission's Practitioners Advisory Group. Barry frequently writes and speaks about sentencing issues, and serves as a sentencing expert for national media organizations. The Washington Post referred to Barry as an "expert" on federal sentencing law.

Among other honors, Barry has been ranked by Chambers USA for the past 10 years.  He has also consistently been recognized as one of the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and The Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers in Criminal Defense, as well as by Global Investigation Review's Who's Who Legal: Business Crime Defence. Clients describe Barry as “a top-rate lawyer with great judgment” who has "a great demeanor with clients and regulators, and is unflappable even in the most-tense situations." Additionally, an investigative TV journalist noted in a report that Barry is "considered one of the top white-collar crime attorneys in the country."

Barry co-authors Federal Criminal Practice, an 800-page treatise for criminal defense attorneys.

Barry earned his Bachelor of Arts from Bates College and his law degree, with high honors, from George Washington University, where he was a member of Order of the Coif.

Experience

News

Barry Boss Named a 2021 South Trail Blazer by The American Lawyer

October 18, 2021

Barry Boss, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Group and co-chair, of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, has been named a 2021 South Trailblazer by The American Lawyer.

More Than 205 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 19, 2021

Best Lawyers selected 210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Twelve Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 05, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 12 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2021 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Cozen O’Connor Negotiates Historic Settlement for Offshore Sports-Betting Company

October 01, 2020

Barry Boss, Stephen Miller, and Kara Kapp negotiate a historic non-prosecution agreement involving 5Dimes, a major offshore sports-betting operator.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch By The Best Lawyers In America

August 20, 2020

Best Lawyers selected 201 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 23 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© (Copyright 2020 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 20, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 14 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 25, 2019

The 2019 Washington, D.C, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

From Reed Smith to Pierce Bainbridge, White-Collar Practices Got Publicity Boost From Mueller Probe

March 22, 2019

In an article titled From Reed Smith to Pierce Bainbridge, White-Collar Practices Got Publicity Boost From Mueller Probe, Barry Boss, co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, discusses the impact special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and past high-profile special counsel probes have had on the business climate for the white collar bar.

Two Members Again Named “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine

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.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Anemic Appetite for Using Wire Act to Prosecute Sports Betting

July 13, 2018

Barry Boss, co-chair of the firm’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, and Stephen Miller, vice chair of the firm’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice are featured in GamblingCompliance.

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys

May 15, 2018

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been named 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine Washington, D.C. edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

DC Big Law Leaders Judge Zuckerberg

April 13, 2018

Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O'Connor's Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, spoke with The National Law Journal about latest on Mark Zuckerberg testifying before Senate.

White-Collar Pros Weigh Risks, 'Stigma' of Joining Trump Team

March 27, 2018

Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Criminal Defense & Internal Investigations Practice, spoke with the National Law Journal about the president’s legal team.

Two Members named “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian Magazine

December 13, 2017

Cozen O’Connor Criminal Defense & Internal Investigation Practice Group members Barry Boss and Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder have been named 2017 “Top Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Bodog, ‘Black Friday’ Cases Winding Down With A Whimper

August 03, 2017

Barry Boss discusses the conclusion of Bodog founder Calvin Ayre’s criminal case in GamblingCompliance.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Publications

Rerouting the Wire Act: Can Statutory Interpretation Save the Wire Act from the Threat of Intermediate Routing Prosecutions? [Gaming International Online]

October 01, 2021

Barry Boss and Kara Kapp published an article in Gaming International Online, which tackles a thorny legal question that has persisted since the advent of the Internet - whether and how the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 applies to Internet communications, and whether this 50-year-old law can be squared with America’s increasing legalization of Internet-based sports wagering activities.

How the Economic Loss Guideline Lost its Way, and How to Save It [Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law]

August 23, 2021

Cozen O’Connor attorneys Barry Boss and Kara Kapp published an essay in the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law on the arbitrary and disproportionate sentencing recommendations driven by the economic crimes sentencing guideline.

Grievance Panel Weighing Attorney Who Sued Former VP Pence Includes Big Law Partners, White-Collar Defenders [National Law Journal]

February 24, 2021

Barry Boss was quoted in a National Law Journal article discussing a lawyer regulatory panel in Washington, D.C., which recently received a referral from a federal judge who has broadly questioned a lawyer behind a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

The Department of Justice Announces the First-of-its-Kind Cryptocurrency Enforcement Framework [Alert]

October 09, 2020

Barry Boss and Kara Kapp discuss the DOJ Cyber-Digital Task Force 83-page framework intended to help cryptocurrency entrepreneurs understand and comply with U.S. legal obligations.

Cozen O’Connor Negotiates Historic Settlement for Offshore Sports-Betting Company [Alert]

September 30, 2020

Barry Boss, Stephen A. Miller, and Kara Kapp discuss the non-prosecution agreement involving 5Dimes.

Half-Baked: The Yates Memo Calls for Charging More Offenders, But How Do We Sentence Them?

July 02, 2018

Barry Boss and Rebecca Brodey author this article in The Enforcement MAZE.

Understanding the DOJ's Airlines Antitrust Investigation [Corporate Counsel]

August 03, 2015

Barry Boss, Stephen Miller, and Rebecca Brodey discuss the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s latest investigation – airline capacity restrictions.

Immaculate Suspension: Non-Analytical Positive Doping Violations from USADA to MLB [Entertainment and Sports Lawyer]

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.

Education

  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1985
  • Bates College, B.A., 1982

Awards & Honors

South Trailblazer by The American Lawyer, 2021

Chambers USA (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - DC): 2010-2022

DC Super Lawyers (White Collar Defense & Investigations): 2007-2022

Best Lawyers in America - Criminal Defense: White Collar (2010-2022)

Fellow, American Board of Criminal Lawyers: 2006-Present

Global Investigations Review’s Who’s Who Legal - Business Crime Defense: 2017-2020

Washingtonian Magazine’s “Top Lawyer –Criminal Defense": 2017-2019

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys’ "10 Best" Attorneys in Washington, DC: 2015

Lawyer of the Year, District of Columbia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: 2000

Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award, George Washington University Law School

 

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Maryland
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Criminal Lawyers
  • D.C. Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Courts
  • Member, Board of Directors, Due Process Institute
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers