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Barry E. Cohen

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Barry Eugene Cohen


Crowell & Moring remembers fondly our esteemed former partner Barry Cohen, who died February 15, 2019 at the age of 73.

Barry E. Cohen practiced in the firm's Litigation Group, representing and advising lawyers, law firms and others on lawyer professional responsibility and law firm management matters, including malpractice defense, legal ethics, professional discipline and partnership/LLC organization and management.

His clients included numerous national and Washington area law firms that he advised as outside ethics counsel.  He also was called upon frequently by lawyers and law firms to represent them in litigation and administrative proceedings, and to serve as an expert witness on legal ethics and malpractice questions.

Barry was active in the legal ethics work of the District of Columbia Bar and the District of Columbia local and federal courts for over 20 years, including service as chair of the Bar's Legal Ethics Committee, member of the Board on Professional Responsibility, co-chair of the Disciplinary System Review Committee and member of the Committee on Unauthorized Practice.

Barry was chair of the Admissions and Grievances Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and a subcommittee chair of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation. He was an adjunct professor of professional responsibility law at Georgetown University Law Center and a senior fellow of its Center for the Study of the Legal Profession.  At the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, Barry was co-director of its long-running Law Firm General Counsel Roundtable, comprising the general counsel of large District of Columbia law firms that met quarterly to address issues of law firm risk management.  He taught several Continuing Legal Education courses each year for bar associations on professional ethics and malpractice risk management, and served as an advisor to Crowell & Moring on professional responsibility matters. 

Earlier in his career, Barry practiced in the international trade regulation area, and has had numerous engagements representing law firms on malpractice claims arising from international trade law work.

Most importantly, Barry was a wonderful man, a loyal and thoughtful partner and colleague, and a person of highest integrity and generous spirit. We miss him dearly.


  • University of Illinois, B.S. (1967)
  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D. (1970)
  • University of London, LL.M. (1971)


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, United States Supreme Court, Court of International Trade, and numerous federal Courts of Appeals and District Courts.

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