Blank Rome Welcomes New White Collar Defense & Investigations Of Counsel in Washington, D.C.

July 10, 2017

Press Release

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Jane F. Barrett has rejoined the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office as Of Counsel in the White Collar Defense & Investigations group, which recently welcomed Partner Mark M. Lee to the Firm’s Philadelphia office.

Ms. Barrett rejoins Blank Rome after serving as a professor and the director of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. She taught students administrative and environmental law, ethics, civil procedure, and trial and appellate advocacy through clinical casework. She was also 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.

“We are very excited to have Jane rejoin our white collar practice group and the Firm,” stated Shawn M. Wright and Carlos F. Ortiz, Partners and Chairs of the White Collar Defense & Investigations group. “She is a highly respected white collar practitioner, and we look forward to her immediate contribution to the significant work we do for our clients.”

At Blank Rome, Ms. 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.

Ms. Barret first joined Blank Rome in 2003 as part of the Firm’s notable combination with Dyer Ellis & Joseph, where she served as chair of the firm’s white collar and government investigations group, a role that she continued at Blank Rome. Her practice focused on complex criminal and civil litigation and corporate internal investigations, and she worked extensively with clients in the oil and gas, chemical, financial services, and maritime industries. Prior to her private practice, Ms. Barrett 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. 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. Her environmental experience began as an attorney-adviser for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water Enforcement.

Admitted to practice in Maryland, Ms. Barrett received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola College. She 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. Ms. Barrett is a prolific author, speaker, and adviser on environmental crimes, corporate accountability, and compliance, as well as clinical legal education issues.