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Beau D. Barnes
Lawyer
Washington DC
1919 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 202 664 1925
Washington DC
1919 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
+1 202 664 1925

Beau Barnes represents clients in white-collar criminal defense matters, investigations, regulatory actions and commercial litigation.

Mr. Barnes particularly focuses on matters related to national security, economic sanctions, export controls, economic espionage, and cybersecurity. He also frequently represents individuals and companies in litigation and investigations related to fraud affecting digital currencies and computer intrusions.

Mr. Barnes has extensive experience advocating for clients facing investigations, enforcement actions, and sanctions designations by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), and the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). He has extensive experience helping clients navigate a wide variety of U.S. sanctions programs, including those related to Iran, China, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia and North Korea, and those related to narcotics trafficking, cyberattacks, and global terrorism.

Mr. Barnes frequently defends clients facing criminal investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) related to national security, cross-border fraud, and money laundering. He also has experience defending individuals and companies against civil enforcement actions by U.S. regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). These matters often involve the novel application of U.S. law to digital currencies and other financial technologies.

An authority on U.S. national security law, Mr. Barnes frequently comments in the media on developments related to U.S. sanctions. Mr. Barnes also maintains an active pro bono practice focused on representing criminal defendants in the Washington DC area.

Before joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Barnes worked at Goodwin Procter LLP, where he focused on civil and criminal litigation, economic sanctions and export control issues, congressional investigations, national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and responding to data security and privacy incidents. 

After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Before entering the legal field, Mr. Barnes worked on European defense policy as a fellow in the German Bundestag and as a political adviser in Oregon and Massachusetts.

Admissions

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

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, JD (Boston University Law Review, Senior Notes Editor)
  • The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, MALD
  • Lewis & Clark College, BA

Languages

  • German
  • Spanish

Clerkships

  • Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Select Engagements

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of an individual charged with money laundering conspiracy in relation to a cross-border business email compromise scheme in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Representation of a former bank officer facing bank fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft charges in the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Representation of the owners of a purchasing agent company in responding to a U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administrative subpoena in relation to an investigation into the assets of individuals and entities designated as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers.
  • Representation of DRW Investments LLC in a highly publicized litigation against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) over alleged improper trading in IDCH contracts and the CFTC's allegedly vague rule-making activity in relation to anti-manipulation definitions.
  • Representation of individual facing criminal and civil charges from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with alleged insider trading.
  • Representation of a social networking company providing free and subscription-based online services in connection with a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into potential unfair and deceptive trade practices related to consumer protection, privacy, and data security.
  • Representation of a senior manager at a large automobile company in response to a DOJ and SEC investigation relating to the automaker’s sales data reporting practices.

Investigations & Monitorships

  • Conducted an internal investigation of a large U.S.-based multinational company into possible fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues stemming from its operations in Asia.
  • Representation of a bitcoin services provider in an internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in connection with apparent transactions with individuals in countries subject to comprehensive U.S. economic sanctions.
  • Representation of a nonprofit research institution in an internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in connection with the temporary exports of certain defense articles controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
  • Representation of an international software company in connection with its initial public offering in an internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of apparent exports of dual-use encryption software and source code controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

International Judgment Enforcement

  • Representation of ConocoPhillips in relation to enforcing International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration claims against the Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. and the Republic of Venezuela.
  • Representation of a judgment creditor in Korea in enforcing a default judgment affirmed by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, against a judgment debtor with operations and assets in Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, Canada and several other locations.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), Member
  • Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition, Participating Lawyer
  • Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare, Staff Editor

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, “Protecting Your Business Against Automated Intruders” (New York Law Journal Cybersecurity Special Report, June 2019)
  • Speaker, “U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela – 2018 in Review”(American Bar Association, Section of International Law / Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, February 2019)
  • Co-Author, “Get Ready for Crypto Sanctions Enforcement” (CoinDesk, December 2018)
  • Speaker, “Insider Threats and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” (SIFMA Insider Threat Roundtable, November 2018)
  • Co-author, "Understanding the Global Reach of U.S. Sanctions" (New York Law Journal, November 2018)
  • Co-author, “Fighting Digital Threats and Winning Courtroom Battles” (Family Wealth Report, July 2018)
  • Co-author, “Cryptocurrency Is Borderless—But Still Within the Grip of U.S. Regulators” (International Law Practicum, August 2018)
  • Contributing Author, “Tensions Between the United States and Russia,” 2017 Year in Review: National Security Law (American Bar Association / Section of International law)
  • Speaker, "Computer Fraud and Abuse Act" (Presentation to Fortune 500 company, New York, February 2018).
  • Co-author, "SEC Tightens Screws on Cyber-Breaches; How to Prepare for Increased Risk" (Family Wealth Report, November 2017)
  • Co-author, "Using US Discovery in Hong Kong Cases" (Hong Kong Lawyer, May 2017)
  • Co-author, "Investigations in the Middle Kingdom: What Florida Lawyers Need to Know About Internal Investigations in the People’s Republic of China" (International Law Quarterly, January 2017)
  • Co-author, "Mitigating Risk in Asia-Based Investigations" (New York Law Journal, November 2016)
  • Co-author, "Cash Buyer, Beware of New Reporting Requirements" (GlobeSt.com, September 2016)
  • Co-author, "Smartphones and Foreign Policy: ZTE Sanctions Explained" (Law360, March 2016)
  • Co-author, “OFAC on Bitcoin—Learning Before Actively Regulating” (JD Supra, May 2015)
  • Co-author, "Breaches in the Boardroom: What directors and officers can do to reduce the risk of personal liability for data security breaches" (Corporate Counsel Connect, May 2015)
  • Author, "The War on Terror Has Changed – Now The Rules Should, Too" (WBUR Cognoscenti, May 2013)
  • Author, "Reauthorizing the ‘War on Terror’: The Legal and Policy Implications of the AUMF’s Coming Obsolescence" (211 Military Law Review 57, 2012)
  • Author, "Confronting the One-Man Wolf Pack: Adapting Law Enforcement and Prosecution Responses to the Threat of Lone Wolf Terrorism" (92 Boston Univ. Law Review 1613, 2012)

Credentials

Admissions

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

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, JD (Boston University Law Review, Senior Notes Editor)
  • The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, MALD
  • Lewis & Clark College, BA

Languages

  • German
  • Spanish

Clerkships

  • Honorable Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Engagements

Government Enforcement Defense

  • Representation of an individual charged with money laundering conspiracy in relation to a cross-border business email compromise scheme in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
  • Representation of a former bank officer facing bank fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft charges in the Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Representation of the owners of a purchasing agent company in responding to a U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administrative subpoena in relation to an investigation into the assets of individuals and entities designated as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers.
  • Representation of DRW Investments LLC in a highly publicized litigation against the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CTFC) over alleged improper trading in IDCH contracts and the CFTC's allegedly vague rule-making activity in relation to anti-manipulation definitions.
  • Representation of individual facing criminal and civil charges from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in connection with alleged insider trading.
  • Representation of a social networking company providing free and subscription-based online services in connection with a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation into potential unfair and deceptive trade practices related to consumer protection, privacy, and data security.
  • Representation of a senior manager at a large automobile company in response to a DOJ and SEC investigation relating to the automaker’s sales data reporting practices.

Investigations & Monitorships

  • Conducted an internal investigation of a large U.S.-based multinational company into possible fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues stemming from its operations in Asia.
  • Representation of a bitcoin services provider in an internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in connection with apparent transactions with individuals in countries subject to comprehensive U.S. economic sanctions.
  • Representation of a nonprofit research institution in an internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) in connection with the temporary exports of certain defense articles controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
  • Representation of an international software company in connection with its initial public offering in an internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of apparent exports of dual-use encryption software and source code controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

International Judgment Enforcement

  • Representation of ConocoPhillips in relation to enforcing International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration claims against the Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. and the Republic of Venezuela.
  • Representation of a judgment creditor in Korea in enforcing a default judgment affirmed by the Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea, against a judgment debtor with operations and assets in Hong Kong, the British Virgin Islands, Canada and several other locations.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association, Section of International Law, Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), Member
  • Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition, Participating Lawyer
  • Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare, Staff Editor

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, “Protecting Your Business Against Automated Intruders” (New York Law Journal Cybersecurity Special Report, June 2019)
  • Speaker, “U.S. Sanctions on Venezuela – 2018 in Review”(American Bar Association, Section of International Law / Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee, February 2019)
  • Co-Author, “Get Ready for Crypto Sanctions Enforcement” (CoinDesk, December 2018)
  • Speaker, “Insider Threats and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act” (SIFMA Insider Threat Roundtable, November 2018)
  • Co-author, "Understanding the Global Reach of U.S. Sanctions" (New York Law Journal, November 2018)
  • Co-author, “Fighting Digital Threats and Winning Courtroom Battles” (Family Wealth Report, July 2018)
  • Co-author, “Cryptocurrency Is Borderless—But Still Within the Grip of U.S. Regulators” (International Law Practicum, August 2018)
  • Contributing Author, “Tensions Between the United States and Russia,” 2017 Year in Review: National Security Law (American Bar Association / Section of International law)
  • Speaker, "Computer Fraud and Abuse Act" (Presentation to Fortune 500 company, New York, February 2018).
  • Co-author, "SEC Tightens Screws on Cyber-Breaches; How to Prepare for Increased Risk" (Family Wealth Report, November 2017)
  • Co-author, "Using US Discovery in Hong Kong Cases" (Hong Kong Lawyer, May 2017)
  • Co-author, "Investigations in the Middle Kingdom: What Florida Lawyers Need to Know About Internal Investigations in the People’s Republic of China" (International Law Quarterly, January 2017)
  • Co-author, "Mitigating Risk in Asia-Based Investigations" (New York Law Journal, November 2016)
  • Co-author, "Cash Buyer, Beware of New Reporting Requirements" (GlobeSt.com, September 2016)
  • Co-author, "Smartphones and Foreign Policy: ZTE Sanctions Explained" (Law360, March 2016)
  • Co-author, “OFAC on Bitcoin—Learning Before Actively Regulating” (JD Supra, May 2015)
  • Co-author, "Breaches in the Boardroom: What directors and officers can do to reduce the risk of personal liability for data security breaches" (Corporate Counsel Connect, May 2015)
  • Author, "The War on Terror Has Changed – Now The Rules Should, Too" (WBUR Cognoscenti, May 2013)
  • Author, "Reauthorizing the ‘War on Terror’: The Legal and Policy Implications of the AUMF’s Coming Obsolescence" (211 Military Law Review 57, 2012)
  • Author, "Confronting the One-Man Wolf Pack: Adapting Law Enforcement and Prosecution Responses to the Threat of Lone Wolf Terrorism" (92 Boston Univ. Law Review 1613, 2012)