Professional Biography

Barak Cohen Partner

Litigation Lead, Washington, D.C.



Barak Cohen is a partner in Perkins Coie’s White Collar & Investigations practice, and the Litigation Lead in the firm's D.C. office. Barak represents companies and individuals in criminal and government enforcement matters before law-enforcement authorities, inspectors general, and regulatory agencies and in parallel civil litigation. He also utilizes his experience as a former federal prosecutor to conduct internal investigations, and to provide compliance advice.

Barak has most recently focused on matters involving the False Claims Act, investigations relating to foreign corruption offenses in diverse locations such as Latin America, Asia, Russia and Europe, bid-rigging, conflicts-of-interest and corruption involving senior government officials, economic espionage and criminal trade secrets. As an experienced litigator, he has tried cases before juries throughout the United States. Barak has particular expertise in highly regulated industries, such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing and sales, and the defense industry. Barak has represented companies in the cannabis/marijuana industry, as well as third parties seeking to do business with those companies, by helping them navigate the complex regulatory landscape relating to this industry. National news media regularly call on Barak to provide commentary and insight regarding current legal issues.

Public and Private Sector Experience

Barak previously served as a prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, where he investigated, prosecuted and tried sensitive white-collar criminal offenses involving public corruption on a national level. In jurisdictions throughout the country, he tried numerous cases to verdict before juries, argued and drafted appeals and complex motions, and managed sensitive grand-jury investigations that necessitated coordinating multiple law-enforcement agencies and government regulators. These matters often concerned high-profile figures, such as presidential appointees, senior defense officials, government contractors, judges, legislators, lobbyists and political aides.

Before serving in the Public Integrity Section, Barak prosecuted cybercrimes. In that role, he was detailed to the FBI’s Cyber Division, instructed prosecutors and law-enforcement agents regarding privacy law and the search-and-seizure of internet and computer evidence, and gained experience examining and cross-examining internet and computer forensic experts at trial. He also gained significant experience presenting evidence and making arguments related to complex technologies to judges and juries.

For his work as a prosecutor, the U.S. Department of Justice recognized Barak with multiple Special Achievement Awards and incentive bonuses.

Distinguished Military Service

Before becoming a lawyer, Barak graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After being commissioned as a U.S. Army infantry officer and graduating from Ranger School, he led two platoons in the 18th Airborne Corps’ 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), then the nation’s sole rapidly deployable mechanized unit, through numerous deployments, including operations along the Iraqi border.

Barak later was selected to serve on the regimental staff of The Old Guard, the U.S. Army’s Presidential escort and ceremonial unit, where he rose to the rank of captain. Prior to law school, Barak earned an M.A. in National Security Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and served as a defense policy consultant in the private sector.


Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Expert Guides (Euromoney Institutional Investor’s Legal Media Group), "Rising Stars," 2015 - 2016
  • Listed in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, White Collar Crimes, 2015 - 2018
  • Recognized with three U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards, 2009 - 2013

Professional Leadership

  • Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member 
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • The Barristers
  • West Point Society of the District of Columbia, Member
  • Wounded Warrior Mentor Program, Volunteer

Related Employment

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Washington, D.C., Trial Attorney, 2008 - 2014


  • Hon. Loren Smith, U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2002 - 2003





Areas of Focus

Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

  • California

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.,
    Dean's List
    , 2002
  • Georgetown University, M.A., National Security Studies, 1997
  • United States Military Academy, West Point, B.S., Literature / Systems Engineering, 1992