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

Beau Barnes represents clients in government enforcement defense matters, internal investigations and regulatory actions. He also provides counsel on issues related to national security, economic sanctions, export controls, fraud and corruption, and privacy and cybersecurity.

Mr. Barnes particularly focuses on representing individual and corporate clients facing investigations conducted by the U.S. Congress and U.S. government agencies, including the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

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, 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. 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 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 an 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 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation for 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 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 Judgement Enforcement:

  • Representation of ConocoPhillips in relation to the enforcement of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration claims against the PDVSA and the Republic of Venezuela.
  • Representation of a judgment creditor in Korea in the enforcement of 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, Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), Member 
  • Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition, Participating Attorney

Publications & Presentations

  • 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, “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. 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 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 an 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 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigation for 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 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 Judgement Enforcement:

  • Representation of ConocoPhillips in relation to the enforcement of International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration claims against the PDVSA and the Republic of Venezuela.
  • Representation of a judgment creditor in Korea in the enforcement of 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, Member
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (CIPP/US), Member 
  • Digital Currency & Ledger Defense Coalition, Participating Attorney

Publications & Presentations

  • 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, “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)