Barry Wm. Levine joined Dickstein Shapiro in 1975. He is the co-leader of the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense & Investigations Practice. In his tenure at the firm, Barry has represented dozens of defendants in major white collar crime cases. His criminal practice spans from pre-indictment counseling and grand jury practice to full-fledged jury trials of lengthy and complex criminal cases. Barry has represented numerous high-ranking elected and appointed public officials, lawyers, scientists, bankers, and businesspeople. He also has represented clients in congressional investigations. Additionally, he has a substantial and wide-ranging complex civil litigation practice. He has defended class action lawsuits on behalf of corporate defendants, and has litigated as both plaintiff’s and defendant’s counsel regarding antitrust, healthcare, insurance, law firm partnership disputes, and energy.
AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
Barry is a veteran of the Independent Counsel wars, having represented former Tyson Foods’ lobbyist Jack Williams in the investigation of Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, individuals in the Whitewater investigation, prominent Reagan administration figures in the Iran-Contra matter, and the most prominent Housing and Urban Development (HUD) builder in the independent counsel bribery investigation with respect to former HUD Secretary Sam Pierce. Barry’s other criminal defense representations include: former would-be Presidential assassin, John Hinckley; the president of a major defense contractor in Operation “Ill Winds,” the Pentagon procurement fraud probe; the National Bank of Washington in a money laundering prosecution; as well as numerous other criminal cases in diverse areas including election laws, money-laundering, public corruption, government contract fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), environmental crimes, immigration fraud, and securities fraud. He has represented members of Congress in both Congressional hearings and federal court litigation.
In the area of complex civil litigation, Barry has represented the Washington Redskins and trustees of the estate of former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke, the Ogden Corporation in multi-million dollar litigation, MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, and many others. Many of his cases frequently involve allegations of financial fraud. He routinely appears in the federal trial and appellate courts throughout the nation and in various legal forums in other parts of the world.
From 1969 to 1975, Barry was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia, principally assigned to the Fraud Section. In that capacity, he was involved in hundreds of major criminal fraud investigations and prosecutions, and was lead counsel in scores of jury trials
Barry is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association, the American Bar Association (ABA), the ABA Criminal Justice Section, the White Collar Crime Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is admitted to the U.S. courts of appeal for most circuits including the Federal Circuit.
Barry mentors young attorneys, is active in pro bono matters, and is a vigorous participant in working to heighten law firms’ sensitivity to diversity and diversity-related matters.