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Government Experience

  • Department of Defense—Attorney, Office of Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs (1971-1973)


  • University of Illinois, B.S. (1967)
  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D. (1970)
  • University of London, LL.M. (1971)


  • District of Columbia


  • French (Conversational)

Barry E. Cohen

 Senior Counsel Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2997
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Barry E. Cohen practices in the firm's Litigation Group, representing and advising lawyers, law firms and others on lawyer professional responsibility and law firm management matters, including malpractice defense, legal ethics, professional discipline and partnership/LLC organization and management.

His clients include numerous national and Washington area law firms who he advises as outside ethics counsel. He is also frequently called upon by lawyers and law firms to represent them in litigation and administrative proceedings, and to serve as an expert witness on legal ethics and malpractice questions.

Barry has been active in the legal ethics work of the District of Columbia Bar and the District of Columbia local and federal courts for over 20 years, including service as chair of the Bar's Legal Ethics Committee, member of the Board on Professional Responsibility, co-chair of the Disciplinary System Review Committee and member of the Committee on Unauthorized Practice.

Barry was chair of the Admissions and Grievances Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and a subcommittee chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. He is an adjunct professor of professional responsibility law at Georgetown University Law Center and a senior fellow of its Center for the Study of the Legal Profession. At the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Barry is co-director of its long-running Law Firm General Counsel Roundtable, comprising the general counsel of large District of Columbia law firm that meets quarterly to address issues of law firm risk management. He teaches several Continuing Legal Education courses each year for bar associations on professional ethics and malpractice risk management, and serves as an advisor to his law firm on professional responsibility matters. 

Earlier in his career, Barry practiced in the international trade regulation area, and has had numerous engagements representing law firms on malpractice claims arising from international trade law work.  


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, United States Supreme Court, Court of International Trade, and numerous federal Courts of Appeals and District Courts.

Highlights, News & Knowledge

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Conflicts of Interest," Pennsylvania Bar Institute (August 2017). Speaker: Barry E. Cohen.
  • "Beware of False Profits: Conflicts of Interest for Real Estate Practitioners," Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Commercial Leasing Insitute (April 2017). Speaker: Barry E. Cohen.
  • “Rules of Conflicts: Considerations for Antitrust Practitioners,” ABA – 64th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting, Washington, D.C. (April 6, 2016). Presenter: Barry E. Cohen.

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