Barry N. Covert focuses his practice primarily in the following areas:

  • New York State and federal criminal trials and appeals
  • Constitutional law, including First Amendment, Second Amendment, and civil rights actions
  • Qui Tam Act, also known as the False Claims Act
  • Defending against allegations of scientific misconduct, scientific fraud, research misconduct, research fraud, plagiarism, and fabrication of evidence
  • Defense of professional licensing, including for attorneys, doctors, and nurses
  • Title IX issues

Mr. Covert has represented numerous professional clients relating to licensing issues and defended a prominent research scientist against allegations of scientific fraud and misconduct involving several federally funded research projects involving the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Mr. Covert is currently handling scientific misconduct cases at numerous prominent universities throughout North America.

He is fluent in German.


Bar & Court Admissions

  • State of New York, 1990



  • State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D., 1989
  • State University of New York at Fredonia, B.A., cum laude, 1986


Speaking Engagements

  • Instructor for the New York State Office of Court Administration, Judicial Magistrate's Training Program, lecturing in the areas of criminal practice and procedure, evidence, pretrial motions and hearings, jury and non-jury Trials, DWI trials and post-conviction remedies
  • Adjunct professor, State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, 2003-06
  • Previously lectured for the New York State Bar Association on criminal practice and procedures, pre-trial motions and hearings, and post-conviction remedies
  • Previously lectured for the Bar Association of Erie County regarding vehicle and traffic law trials
  • Previously lectured for the First Amendment Lawyers Association on numerous subjects


Professional Activities

  • Member of Erie County Community Corrections Advisory Board (appointed by the Erie County Legislature)
  • Member of the Moot Court Board, 1988-89
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association
  • Member of the Bar Association of Erie County, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the First Amendment Lawyers Association
The Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America
Named to Best Lawyers in America every year since 2008 for Criminal Defense—White Collar, First Amendment Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation—First Amendment, Litigation—Land Use & Zoning, and Qui Tam Law

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubell
AV Peer Review Rating, signifying the highest recognition for legal ability and professional ethics

Super Lawyers
Among the Top 10 attorneys named to Upstate New York Super Lawyers. Named to Super Lawyers every year since 2009.

Legal Elite of WNY Top 10
Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's "Legal Elite of Western New York" Top 10 list

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2018
Named "Litigation—Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year" for 2018 by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2015
Named "Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2015 by Best Lawyers in America

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2014
Named "Litigation—Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 by Best Lawyers in America

America's Top 100 Attorneys: Lifetime Achievement Membership
One of 100 attorneys in New York State selected based on professional experience, case results, peer reputation, community impact, and lifetime achievement


Who's who

Who's Who in Law
Named to Business First/Buffalo Law Journal's "Who's Who in Law" for Criminal Defense, including the final issue in 2012


Barry Covert was selected to be the focus of Super Lawyers Q&A feature for their 2015 Upstate New York issue.  Super Lawyers' feature focuses on Mr. Covert's Scientific Misconduct practice.  Click below to read Mr. Covert's background in scientific misconduct matters as well as his approach to handling some of the unique challenges such cases poses.

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Barry Covert has vast Title IX experience and is often called on by news outlets for legal analysis of his and other Title IX cases. Below are a few examples of Mr. Covert's Title IX experience in the media:

Local and national media regularly turn to Barry Covert to provide analysis on various legal matters in the headlines. In addition, Mr. Covert represents clients in high-profile legal matters that often receive media coverage. Below are links to some of the stories featuring analysis from Mr. Covert.

Litigators see decline in trial verdicts, featured in Buffalo Law Journal litigation-focused issue

No Violations Found in Niagara University Title IX Investigation, commentary for Buffalo News and WGRZ

Former State Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak Fined $100,000 by Ethics Commission, legal analysis for WGRZ

Depew Woman Charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide in Fatal Crash, legal analysis for WGRZ

Requirements and Protections of Title IX, guest column for Buffalo Law Journal

Judge Orders Snowvember 911 Tapes Released, legal analysis for WGRZ

Smoking Ban to be Implemented in All BMHA Apartments, legal analysis for WGRZ

Legal Fees Rise in Buffalo School District's Human Rights Case, legal analysis for WGRZ

Report Finds Former State Assemblyman Breached Public Trust, legal analysis for WGRZ

Buffalo Teen Sentenced in Murder Case, legal analysis for WGRZ

NYS Ban on Mixed Martial Arts Could Be Unconstitutional, legal analysis for WGRZ

Civil Confinement Violates Defendants' Rights, legal analysis for WGRZ

Upstate New York's Secession from Downstate Is Unlikely, legal analysis for WGRZ

Rapper DMX Jailed in Erie County Holding Center, legal analysis for WGRZ

Family of Bike-Path Crash Victim May Receive Settlement, legal analysis for WGRZ

Escaped Convict Richard Matt Has a History of Jail Breaks, commentary for WGRZ

Arrest Warrant Issued for Father Who Padlocked Kids in Room, legal analysis for WGRZ

Tax Fraud Charges Dismissed for Lumber Store Owner, commentary for Buffalo News and WGRZ

Buffalo Arson Suspect Has Untreated Mental Illness, According to Her Father, commentary for WGRZ

Just-Released Records Show Lack of Judicial Oversight of Sheriff’s Cell Phone Spying, legal analysis for WGRZ

April Fool’s Day Prank Gone Bad Leads to NFTA Investigation, legal analysis for WGRZ

Arizona Coyotes Commentator Arraigned in Buffalo on Numerous Charges, legal analysis for WGRZ

Use of Cell Phone Spying Technology May Lead to Reopened Criminal Cases, legal analysis for WGRZ

Barry Covert interviewed by WGRZ on plea agreement reached by three Attica prison guards in beating

WGRZ requests commentary from Barry Covert on notice of claim filed against Erie County by storm victim’s family

Barry Covert provides analysis on Carl Paladino’s threat to sue Buffalo Schools board members and district’s attorney for slander

Barry Covert provides commentary on role and sentencing of Jeremy and Astrid Ikeler in daughter’s seizure death

Barry Covert discusses issues of interest to gun owners with Guns America’s S. H. Blannelberry

Buffalo Law Journal interviews Barry Covert on NYS Assembly speaker Silver’s arrest

Barry Covert interviewed by WGRZ on the Supreme Court’s upcoming review of states’ authority to regulate gay marriage

WGRZ interviews Barry Covert on Chad Kelly’s arrest outside a Buffalo bar

Barry Covert interviewed by Buffalo Law Journal on failures of the prosecution in decisions clearing officers of Brown and Garner deaths

WGRZ discusses with Barry Covert possible problems with the grand jury system in the wake of failures to indict police officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo

Barry Covert interviewed by WGRZ on Iver Phallen’s indictment on 122 counts, including charges of sexual abuse and kidnapping

WGRZ seeks analysis from Barry Covert on the motion to dismiss highest charge in Molly’s Pub patron’s death

International Business Times interviews Barry Covert on police departments’ secret use of an FBI-funded cell-phone tracking technology called Stingray

Barry Covert discusses the legal ramifications of a growing trend of positive pregnancy tests being sold online for NBC News affiliate WGRZ

WGRZ and Barry Covert discuss the sentencing for a Buffalo parking meter mechanic found guilty of stealing over $210,000 from parking meters

Barry Covert provides analysis on the family of the victim in James Corasanti case settling a lawsuit against Transit Valley Country Club on WGRZ

Barry Covert appears on WGRZ to discuss an appeals court shooting down opposition to New York State gun control law

The Buffalo News reports on a man represented by Barry Covert who was wrongly accused of producing ricin

The Wall Street Journal’s publishes an article entitled “10 things your neighbors won’t tell you”, including quotes from Barry Covert on consequences of unprotected wifi connections

The Buffalo Law Journal interviews Barry Covert for an article on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signing a bill that expands the state’s DNA Databank


Mr. Covert maintains a blog at Upon visiting the blog you will find updates, analysis, and commentary from Mr. Covert on the latest developments in the areas of the law in which he practices.