Barry H. Berke is a partner and co-chair of Kramer Levin’s Litigation Department, and White Collar Defense and SEC Regulatory practices. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Barry is a nationally renowned trial lawyer who is routinely recognized as one of the leading trial lawyers and white collar criminal defense lawyers in the country. He represents officers, directors, professionals and corporations in sensitive and high-profile investigations and proceedings. Barry has handled major matters on behalf of his clients involving all aspects of white collar crime, including allegations of securities fraud, accounting and bank fraud, RICO and FCPA violations, tax offenses, bribery, bid rigging, and embezzlement. Barry also represents prominent corporations, directors and officers in class action and other complex commercial litigation.
His recent notable representations include securing the acquittal of a Deutsche Bank investment professional, and the deferred prosecution of another, in a criminal case that the government described as its largest tax shelter prosecution; successfully representing former SAC Capital Fund Advisors fund manager Michael Steinberg in a prominent insider-trading case that was ultimately dropped by U.S. prosecutors; and successfully representing the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, in connection with federal and local investigations.
Barry is co-author of the textbook The Practice of Federal Criminal Law: Prosecution and Defense, published by Thomson/West’s American Casebook Series. He has taught courses on criminal law and professional responsibility at New York University School of Law, and lectures frequently on criminal justice issues in a variety of forums.
Barry is chairman of the board of directors of the Coalition for the Homeless and is a member and former chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Defenders of New York Inc. He was also appointed by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio as his designee on Lincoln Center’s board of directors, and is a member of the board of advisers of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
Last updated October 2018