Evan T. Barr is a partner in Fried Frank's White Collar Defense, Regulatory Enforcement & Investigations Practice, resident in the New York office.
A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Barr has represented individuals and companies in sensitive investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice, various US Attorneys' Offices, the SEC, the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State Attorney General's Office, FINRA, FDIC, CFTC, and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Over the course of his career, he has successfully defended clients facing allegations of every type of white-collar offense, including securities and commodities fraud, public corruption, money laundering, wire and mail fraud, FCPA, and antitrust violations.
Mr. Barr has been repeatedly recognized by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in his field. In 2017, Chambers again ranked Mr. Barr in Band One for New York-based white collar criminal defense lawyers, praising him as an “extremely talented and capable white-collar lawyer” with a “flair for creative responses to difficult challenges” who “is renowned for inventive solutions.” In 2016, Chambers described Mr. Barr as an attorney who "can get things done that other people think are impossible," and as "a very strong advocate" who "is really willing to fight for his client. He has a real talent for cutting through to the core of the matter, and he's very astute.” A seasoned courtroom veteran, Mr. Barr has tried 12 criminal cases to verdict in federal court and has briefed and argued numerous cases before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Behind the scenes, he has also convinced prosecutors and regulators in countless matters to abandon investigations and decline to bring civil, criminal, or administrative charges against his clients.
Prior to joining Fried Frank, Mr. Barr served as Chief of the Major Crimes Unit at the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York where he supervised approximately 25 federal prosecutors investigating and prosecuting large-scale financial crimes. Mr. Barr also served in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Public Corruption Unit, and Asset Forfeiture Unit during his tenure in the US Attorney's Office. In the Public Corruption Unit, he was responsible for the convictions of dozens of state, local and federal officials, leading to systemic reforms in the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, the New York City Department of Buildings, and New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Prior to the US Attorney's Office, Mr. Barr also served as Deputy Special Counsel to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in conducting a high profile bipartisan international investigation.
Mr. Barr has extensive experience in the area of asset forfeiture, and has represented numerous clients in matters involving money judgments, petitions for remission, and ancillary proceedings. Among other things, in 2015, he obtained an order from the Second Circuit vacating a US$1.3 million criminal forfeiture judgment imposed against a former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager in connection with insider trading charges. In addition, he has successfully litigated a variety of civil forfeiture cases involving claims made by private parties and foreign governments seeking to recover valuable stolen artworks and antiquities, including the landmark decision in United States v. An Antique Platter of Gold, 184 F.3d 131 (2d Cir. 1999).
For many years now, Mr. Barr has served as Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation which sponsors high profile programs and speakers. He has also written numerous articles on a wide array of issues of interest to the white collar bar and has provided legal commentary for publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Law Journal, and Law360.
Honors & Awards
Mr. Barr is currently ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyer for Business as a leading practitioner in the category of Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band One). He has also been recognized by Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America and New York Super Lawyers, and received the Department of Justice's John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement in Asset Forfeiture and the Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant US Attorney.
Hon. Edmund V. Ludwig, US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Board Member, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
Member, Federal Bar Council
Co-Chair, White Collar Criminal Litigation Committee, New York State Bar Association
Bar Admissions/Licensed Jurisdictions
New York; District of Columbia; Pennsylvania; US District Court for the Southern District of New York; US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit