Barry N. Covert

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Buffalo, NY

Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP
 | 42 Delaware Avenue, Suite 120
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: 716-849-1333
Fax: 716-855-1580
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (20%),
  • Constitutional Law (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German
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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
    • Computer, Internet Crime, and Cyber Crime Defense
    • Childhood Sexual Abuse Survivors litigation, including the representation of victims sexual abused by priest and matters involving the Catholic Church

    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.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Criminal Defense
    • 20%Land Use/Zoning
    • 20%Constitutional Law
    Focus Areas


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    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020

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    About Barry Covert

    Admitted: 1990, New York

    Professional Webpage:


    • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2015
    • Named to Best Lawyers in America for the following categories: Criminal Defense: White Collar, First Amendment Law, Land Use & Zoning Law
    • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2014
    • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
    • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2018
    • Legal Elite of WNY Top 10
    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Super Lawyers
    • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Who’s Who in Law
    • Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal Who's Who in Law

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • State of New York, 1990

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • 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 Postconviction Remedies
    •  State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 2003-2006, Adjunct Professor, 2003
    • Previously lectured for the New York State Bar Association on Criminal Practice and Procedures, Pre-Trial Motions and Hearings, and Postconviction 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

    Educational Background:

    • State University of New York at Fredonia, B.A., cum laude, 1986
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    Office Location for Barry N. Covert

    42 Delaware Avenue
    Suite 120
    Buffalo, NY 14202

    Phone: 716-849-1333

    Fax: 716-855-1580

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