Barry N. Covert

Barry N. Covert


Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP

Recognized since 2008

Buffalo, New York

Practice Areas

Criminal Defense: General Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

DUI / DWI Defense

Land Use and Zoning Law

Litigation - First Amendment

Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Qui Tam Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
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Barry N. Covert focuses his practice primarily in the following areas:

  • New York State and federal criminal trials and appeals
  • Constitutional law, including First Amendment, Second Amendment, and civil rights actions
  • Qui Tam Act, also known as the False Claims Act
  • Defending against allegations of scientific misconduct, scientific fraud, research misconduct, research fraud, plagiarism, and fabrication of evidence
  • Defense of professional licensing, including for attorneys, doctors, and nurses
  • Title IX issues

Mr. Covert has represented numerous professional clients relating to licensing issues and defended a prominent research scientist against allegations of scientific fraud and misconduct involving several federally funded research projects involving the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Mr. Covert is currently handling scientific misconduct cases at numerous prominent universities throughout North America.

He is fluent in German.

Speaking Engagements

  • Instructor for the New York State Office of Court Administration, Judicial Magistrate’s Training Program, lecturing in the areas of criminal practice and procedure, evidence, pretrial motions and hearings, jury and non-jury Trials, DWI trials and post-conviction remedies
  • Adjunct professor, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 2003-06
  • Previously lectured for the New York State Bar Association on criminal practice and procedures, pre-trial motions and hearings, and post-conviction remedies
  • Previously lectured for the Bar Association of Erie County regarding vehicle and traffic law trials
  • Previously lectured for the First Amendment Lawyers Association on numerous subjects

Professional Activities

  • Member of Erie County Community Corrections Advisory Board (appointed by the Erie County Legislature)
  • Member of the Moot Court Board, 1988-89
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar Association of Erie County, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the First Amendment Lawyers Association

Practice Areas

Scientific Misconduct Q&A

Barry Covert was selected to be the focus of Super Lawyers Q&A feature for their 2015 Upstate New York issue. Super Lawyers’ feature focuses on Mr. Covert’s Scientific Misconduct practice. Click below to read Mr. Covert’s background in scientific misconduct matters as well as his approach to handling some of the unique challenges such cases poses.

Title IX

Barry Covert has vast Title IX experience and is often called on by news outlets for legal analysis of his and other Title IX cases. Below are a few examples of Mr. Covert’s Title IX experience in the media:

Location

  • 42 Delaware Avenue, Suite 120
    Buffalo, NY 14202

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., graduated 1989
  • State University of New York at Fredonia, B.A., cum laude, graduated 1986

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Buffalo (2023)
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Buffalo (2022)
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Buffalo (2021)
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Buffalo (2020)
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Buffalo (2019)
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Buffalo (2018)
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Buffalo (2015)
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Buffalo (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • DUI / DWI Defense
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Qui Tam Law

Special Focus

  • Civil Rights
  • Constitutional
  • Defendants
  • Free Speech
  • Litigation
  • Obscenity
  • Plaintiffs

Awards:

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubell
  • Super Lawyers Top 10
  • Legal Elite of Western New York

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