Barry Pollack represents individuals and corporations in criminal investigations and trials and in other government enforcement matters, such as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proceedings. Mr. Pollack also conducts corporate investigations. As a former certified public accountant (CPA), a substantial focus of his practice is the litigation of complex financial matters. Mr. Pollack has extensive jury trial experience.
Mr. Pollack is best known for his skills in the courtroom. He obtained acquittals on all counts on behalf of a former executive of Enron Corporation in a federal criminal case, following a month long jury trial. Mr. Pollack’s client was one of only two Enron executives to be acquitted by a jury. Mr. Pollack also represented Martin Tankleff, whose double murder conviction was reversed and all charges against him dismissed. In a lengthy hearing, Mr. Pollack led a team of pro bono counsel that presented evidence that Mr. Tankleff was innocent of the crimes for which he spent 17 years in prison. The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project honored Mr. Pollack with its “Defender of Innocence Award” and the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honored Mr. Pollack with its “Gideon Champion of Justice Award” for his successful representation of Mr. Tankleff. Mr. Pollack also led a pro bono defense team on behalf of Fernando Bermudez, who had been serving a 23-years-to-life prison sentence for murder. After 11 previous unsuccessful attempts, Mr. Bermudez, with Mr. Pollack serving as his lead counsel, challenged his conviction based on the perjured trial testimony of a cooperating witness and tainted identification procedures. Mr. Pollack presented evidence that Mr. Bermudez was innocent. The judge ruled for Mr. Bermudez, reversed his conviction, and dismissed the indictment. In addition, Mr. Pollack is an accomplished appellate advocate. He recently won a complete reversal from a federal court of appeals for a client who had been convicted at trial of conspiracy and eight counts of embezzlement from an insurance company in an alleged scheme to enrich a United States Congressman.
In September 2008, Mr. Pollack was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers. Fellowship in the College is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Membership is limited to no more than one percent of the lawyers in each state.
Mr. Pollack’s criminal practice has included the representation of individuals in grand jury proceedings, trials, sentencings, appeals, post-conviction proceedings, pardon petitions, and independent counsel and congressional investigations. These matters have involved allegations of fraudulent conduct, false statements, or other wrongdoing related to accounting, securities, government contracting, real estate, banking and mortgage lending, health care, manufacturing, and the environment.
With respect to civil matters, Mr. Pollack has litigated False Claims Act (FCA) cases in government contracting and health care. He has also litigated cases involving the First Amendment, civil RICO, employment discrimination, breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence, civil fraud, complex contract disputes, and suspension and debarment proceedings.
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.