Areas of Practice
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
  • Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1985, Phi Beta Kappa
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Edmund V. Ludwig, US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1989-1990
Bar & Court Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Evan T. Barr

1114 Avenue of the Americas
New York NY 10036
TEL: +1 212 506 3918
FAX: +1 212 506 3950

Evan T. Barr is a partner in Steptoe’s New York office where he concentrates in white-collar criminal defense and complex regulatory matters.

A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Barr has represented individuals and companies in high-profile and sensitive investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice, various US Attorneys' Offices, the SEC, the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State Attorney General’s Office, FINRA, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.  Over the course of his 20 year career, he has handled matters involving virtually all aspects of white-collar crime, and is ranked by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in the category of White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations.  The 2014 edition of Chambers praises Mr. Barr as an "extraordinarily thoughtful and thorough lawyer" who is “held in extremely high regard” and describes him as “very calm under pressure, a very good strategic thinker and a very good trial lawyer."

Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Barr was chief of the Major Crimes Unit at the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York where he supervised approximately 25 prosecutors specializing in a wide array of white-collar crimes.  He also served in the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, Public Corruption Unit, and Asset Forfeiture Unit. 

Mr. Barr has tried 12 criminal cases to verdict in federal court and has briefed and argued numerous cases before the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Mr. Barr has extensive experience in the area of asset forfeiture and money laundering, and has represented numerous clients in matters involving restraining orders, seizure warrants, petitions for remission and ancillary proceedings.  In addition, Mr. Barr has successfully litigated a variety of forfeiture cases involving claims made by private parties and foreign governments seeking to recover valuable artworks and antiquities. 

Mr. Barr has provided legal commentary for publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Law Journal, and Law 360.  He serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on White-Collar Criminal Litigation.

Representative Matters

Mr. Barr has represented clients in some of the most important white-collar criminal cases over the past several years.  Recent representations include:  

  • the former Chief Administrative Officer of a major department store chain in connection with an accounting fraud investigation by the SEC which concluded, after a Wells Submission, with no charges filed against our client
  • a large Middle Eastern bank in forfeiture litigation involving alleged money laundering and trade embargo violations
  • the assistant treasurer of MF Global Holdings Ltd. in investigations by the CFTC, SEC, and US Attorney regarding the company's bankruptcy
  • the former president of Monster Worldwide at trial in the Southern District of New York  in connection with criminal stock options backdating charges, and on appeal which resulted in a partial reversal of the judgment
  • conducting an internal investigation of potential FCPA violations for a large consumer products company
  • a former senior executive of a major insurance company in an investigation by the SEC into the use of finite reinsurance contracts, which concluded with no charges being filed against our client
  • the CEO of a natural gas company in connection with an FCPA investigation
  • the president of a large shipping company in connection with an investigation by the DOJ Antitrust Division regarding alleged collusion and price-fixing in the international maritime car transport industry
  • student loan companies in connection with the New York Attorney General's investigation of direct marketing practices
  • a former New York gubernatorial candidate in a public corruption investigation conducted by the Attorney General’s office which concluded with no civil or criminal charges filed against our client
  • a former wealth manager charged by the Department of Justice with federal campaign finance violations in connection with contributions made during the 2008 presidential election; the case was concluded with a probationary sentence for our client 
  • a subject in DOJ Antitrust Division investigation of alleged bid-rigging and collusion in the municipal bond industry
  • a construction firm and its principal charged by DOJ Antitrust Division in connection with alleged bid-rigging and fraud scheme relating to New York area hospitals
  • the former chairman of Neteller in connection with an investigation relating to online gambling
  • a private Swiss bank in connection with the DOJ Tax Division's voluntary disclosure program
  • conducting an internal investigation for a global financial services company regarding the filing of a potentially improper claim made on behalf of one of the bank's proprietary accounts
  • a lawyer in connection with an investigation by the US Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts regarding the marketing of certain well-known prescription medications by a major pharmaceutical firm
  • the president of a technology company in connection with federal computer hacking charges; the case was resolved with our client receiving a probationary sentence
  • a large New York hedge fund with a lien against assets of Conrad Black that were subject to forfeiture
  • a New York hedge fund manager on insider trading charges filed in connection with the expert networking investigation in the Southern District of New York
  • a trader in FINRA investigation regarding structuring of total rate of return swaps to obtain certain tax benefits
  • a New York City Council member in connection with a federal investigation into allegations of fraud and misuse of public funds
  • a prominent New York auction house in providing enforcement and regulatory advice
  • a non-profit charitable foundation against claims lodged by a foreign entity seeking artwork in the foundation's collection
  • a witness in connection with DOJ investigation of laundering of  alleged FCPA bribery proceeds from Taiwan
  • a private collector in civil litigation regarding an artwork alleged to have been stolen during World War II  
  • the president of a well−known art gallery in connection with a sales tax investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • a senior trader in connection with DOJ and CFTC investigations of foreign exchange trading


  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers, Litigation: White-Collar & Government Investigations (New York), 2012 - 2014
  • Legal 500 US, Litigation: White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2015
  • New York Super Lawyers, 2011 - 2014
  • Department of Justice's John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement in Asset Forfeiture and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant US Attorney
  • Deputy Special Counsel, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, "October Surprise" investigation, 1992

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Professional Affiliations

  • Co-Chair, Committee on White Collar Criminal Litigation, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Criminal Justice Act Panel, US District Court for the Southern District of New York (2010-2013)