Barry Boss

Cozen O'Connor
1200 19th Street NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 912-4800

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

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. 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 is listed as one of the "Top 10" attorneys in Washington, D.C. by Super Lawyers magazine and ranked by Chambers USA, which notes that Barry has "great intellectual heft and can take theoretical problems and apply them in the courtroom." Additionally, a TV investigative 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 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.


Represented numerous high-level employees who were targets in federal criminal antitrust investigations.

Tried over 30 federal cases involving a wide array of activities including money laundering, import/export control violations, environmental crime, health care fraud, mail and wire fraud, and kickbacks.

Representing numerous senior executives and corporate clients in various ongoing internal investigations and enforcement matters which are confidential and/or sensitive but involve allegations of money laundering, public corruption, obstruction of justice, mail, wire and bank fraud, illegal gambling, FCPA violations, securities violations and tax fraud.

Successfully represented the Full Tilt Poker companies in a civil forfeiture matter brought by the Department of Justice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York; Also secured a dismissal of a putative class action in the Southern District of Illinois brought against the company seeking damages related to alleged gambling losses.

Negotiating the data privacy, criminal exposure and immunity, and other procedural considerations on behalf of various individuals involved in a high-profile cross-border matter.

Representing an indicted high-net worth individual who operated a popular online poker and sports betting site in federal court proceedings.

Defending a payment processor that allegedly processed payments for illegally operating online gaming companies in violation of, among other statutes, the Wire Act, in both the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit.

Represented CEO of publicly traded health care company who was convicted at trial for his involvement in an alleged $85 million health care fraud scheme.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA RankingsMAY 26, 2017Chambers 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.


11 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising StarsMAY 15, 2017. Selection to Super Lawyers is based on peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.


Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in AmericaAUGUST 15, 2016Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.


Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA RankingsMAY 27, 2016Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.


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Understanding the DOJ's Airlines Antitrust Investigation [Corporate Counsel]AUGUST 03, 2015Barry Boss, Stephen Miller, and Rebecca Brodey discuss the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s latest investigation – airline capacity restrictions.


Employers May Fire Employees for State-Licensed Medical Marijuana Use, Colorado Supreme Court Holds [Labor & Employment Alert]JUNE 18, 2015While 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.


Immaculate Suspension: Non-Analytical Positive Doping Violations from USADA to MLB [Entertainment and Sports Lawyer]MARCH 31, 2014In 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.


Department of Justice and the Wire Act [Gaming Law Review and Economics]FEBRUARY 16, 2012Department 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.