Barry Pollack, the Immediate Past President of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, has joined Robbins Russell as a Partner.
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. More recently, Mr. Pollack obtained not-guilty verdicts on behalf of a government contractor in a federal bribery case in Virginia following a two-week jury trial. Mr. Pollack also successfully represented Martin Tankleff, obtaining reversal of his convictions for a double murder and dismissal of all charges against him. 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 lengthy proceedings, a judge reversed Mr. Bermudez’s conviction and dismissed the indictment. In addition, Mr. Pollack is an accomplished appellate advocate. For example, he has won a complete reversal of convictions for conspiracy and embezzlement from an insurance company in an alleged scheme to enrich a United States Congressman.
Mr. Pollack’s criminal practice has included 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, or the environment.
Mr. Pollack handles civil matters as well. He has litigated False Claims Act 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.
Mr. Pollack is a Fellow in both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He has been recognized as a leading litigator in Chambers USA, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and Washington’s Top Lawyers.
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