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 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (60%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (20%),
  • Constitutional Law (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • German
Attorney Profile

Fluent in both English and German, Barry N. Covert handles a variety of legal issues for Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP. Representing the people of the greater Buffalo metropolitan area, Mr. Covert is admitted to practice in the state of New York and has almost three decades of experience as a criminal defense attorney. Named to the Best Lawyers in America and Lawyer of the Year for several years by the same organization, he is also one of the Legal Elite of western New York.

Mr. Covert is a member of the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Bar Association of Erie County and the New York State Bar Association, and he is on the advisory board for Erie County Community Corrections. In 1986, he graduated cum laude from The State University of New York at Fredonia before earning a Juris Doctor in 1989 from University at Buffalo School of Law.

With a focus on working with childhood sexual abuse survivors during litigation, Mr. Covert has represented many of the individuals who claim they were sexually abused by members of the Catholic church. He also handles cybercrime; internet crime and computer crime defense; Title IX issues; defense of professional licensing for nurses, doctors and attorneys; and the False Claims Act.

Mr. Covert has worked extensively on federal criminal trials and appeals in New York, and defends against allegations of research misconduct, scientific fraud, plagiarism, research fraud, fabrication of evidence and scientific misconduct. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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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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Last Updated: 7/22/2019

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