Federal Criminal Defense

Although we are best known for our work on cases that have received national media coverage, many of the cases that we have handled have been effectively resolved before they reached the level of an indictment or public announcement. We have represented corporations, business executives, bankers, doctors, securities brokers and others who were subjects and targets of criminal investigations with less than a whisper of notice.

Barry A. Cohen has represented lawyers and judges through the years, including a Hillsborough Circuit Judge and Florida State Attorney, which earned him the title “the lawyers lawyer”. We have vast experience representing clients in matters involving a wide array of government agencies, including the United States Department of Justice, various state attorneys, the Office of the Florida Statewide Prosecutor, the FBI, SEC, FTC, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, DEA, IRS and Florida Financial Regulators.

The firm is solidly committed to utilizing the finest and latest technology available to support its efforts on behalf of our clients. Using a fully integrated computerized case management system, as well as a combination of portable litigation and presentation support systems; we bring the latest technology to the courtroom to enhance the representation of our clients.

When an individual faces criminal charges in federal court, finding the appropriate legal representation is essential, because of the potential for significant personal and financial loss.

Areas of representation include:

  • Bank Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Drug and Regulatory Offenses
  • False Claims Act or Whistle-Blower (Qui Tam) Lawsuits
  • Fraud Involving Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices or FDA Regulations
  • FTC Investigations
  • Health Care Fraud
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Mail and Wire Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • RICO
  • Securities Fraud
  • Tax Fraud
  • Telemarketing Fraud

Our Federal Criminal Defense Team draws upon decades of front-line prosecutorial and criminal defense experience, and is comprised of the following members:

Barry A. Cohen With over 30 years of experience as an attorney in the Tampa Bay area, Barry Cohen is renowned for his legal prowess and tenacity in the courtroom. He has represented numerous judges, public officials, business executives and their family members over the course of his career in a vast number of criminal and civil matters.

Kevin Darken A published authority in health care fraud, false claims and qui tam (whistle-blower) actions, Mr. Darken has 20 years of experience in the field. The former assistant U.S. Attorney is responsible for drafting the intricate legal arguments required in complex federal cases.

To complement this highly qualified criminal defense team, The Barry A. Cohen Legal Team retains the services of an investigation team, as well as draws upon a cadre of outside investigators with specific areas of expertise and knowledge, including securities experts, former FBI or IRS agents, or expert accounting and IT personnel.


Confidential – No charges filed in the case of a circuit court judge being investigated by the FBI, state police and U.S. Attorney’s Office for money laundering.

Confidential – No charges filed against a prominent real estate developer under investigation by the FBI and U.S Attorney’s Office for million-dollar bank fraud. Father and brother who were represented by other attorneys were charged and convicted.

Confidential – No charges filed against a medical director of a psychiatric hospital under investigation by the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office for improper billing and kickbacks.

Confidential – No charges filed against an international internet business being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission for improper solicitation.

No prison time for business executive accused of wire fraud utilizing defense that an antidepressant drug caused erratic behavior. Paxil Defense Saves Executive from Prison. See the St. Petersburg Times Article here: Patrick Stewart: Unhappy with raise, he stole $1.8 million from Jabil. He avoids prison!

Complete dismissal of case against a couple accused of wrong doing in their infant daughter’s disappearance; government misconduct involving fabrication of evidence exposed. U.S. Department of Justice, for the first time in our nation’s history, admits vexatious bad-faith prosecution of an individual. United States vs. Aisenberg

If you have been accused of a crime and are seeking representation, Tell Us About Your Case.

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