Jane F. Barrett
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Jane Barrett provides strategic advice to clients confronted by government investigations, whistleblower allegations, and other legal crises in a range of substantive areas. A former federal and state prosecutor, she has extensive criminal jury trial experience and has successfully argued numerous appellate cases. Her private practice clients include companies and individuals throughout the United States involving diverse industries and legal issues. Her experience includes representing clients in federal and state criminal cases involving environmental crimes, securities fraud, bribery, racketeering, kickbacks, healthcare fraud, and government contract and program fraud.
Clients benefit not only from Ms. Barrett’s legal capabilities, but also from the different perspectives she brings to each case; perspectives gained throughout her career serving as a regulatory agency attorney, a state and federal prosecutor, a law professor, and as defense counsel. She understands competing corporate and government interests and expectations, and has led complex and multi-layered internal investigations as well as defended both individuals and corporations in a wide array of federal and state government investigations.
Ms. Barrett recently served as a professor and the director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. Student-attorneys, under her supervision, represented clients in administrative and state and federal court proceedings. She taught clinic students administrative and environmental law, civil procedure, and trial and appellate advocacy. Professor Barrett was actively engaged with the Maryland NGO community on a wide variety of environmental policy issues while focusing her research on environmental and worker safety enforcement.
Previously, Ms. Barrett spent 10 years in private practice, first with Dyer Ellis & Joseph and then Blank Rome LLP. She served as the chair of Dyer, Ellis’s and Blank Rome’s white collar and government investigation groups. Her practice focused on complex criminal and civil litigation and corporate internal investigations. During that time period, she worked extensively with clients in the oil and gas, chemical, financial services, and maritime industries.
Ms. Barrett also served for 11 years as an assistant U.S. attorney (“AUSA”) in Maryland where she prosecuted high-profile fraud, public corruption, bribery, racketeering, and environmental criminal cases. During her tenure as an AUSA, she served as chief of environmental litigation, which included supervision of three separate inter-agency environmental crime task forces. She was also an assistant attorney general for the State of Maryland where she was responsible for developing and supervising the prosecution of criminal violations of state environmental laws. In this role, she also investigated and prosecuted bank fraud cases. Her environmental experience began as an attorney-adviser for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water Enforcement.
Ms. Barrett is a prolific author, speaker, and adviser on environmental crimes, corporate accountability, and compliance, as well as clinical legal education issues.
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Ms. Barrett is a member of many professional associations, including the American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association for the District of Maryland, Women’s Criminal Defense Association, National Association of Women Lawyers, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
- 2017, granted professor emeritus status by the University of Maryland Carey School of Law
- 2001-2017, AV Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®
- 2012-2017, listed in the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers™
- 2012, Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy Award, received by the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic
- 2010, Outstanding Advocate Award, received by the Clinical Legal Education Association
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Practicing under the supervision of principals of the firm admitted in DC. Admitted to practice in Maryland only.