David G. Barger: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

David G. Barger

McLean,  VA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Environmental
  • Government Litigation
  • Business Immigration & Compliance
  • Foreign Corruption Practices Act (FCPA) & Global Anti-Corruption
Contact InfoTelephone: 703.749.1307
Fax: 703.714.8307
University University of Maryland, College Park, B.A., cum laude, 1976
Law SchoolUniversity of Denver Sturm College of Law, M.S.J.A., 1977; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1981
Admitted1981, Maryland; 1982, Virginia; 2000, District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; Supreme Court of the United States

Professional & Community Involvement

•Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice and Taxation Sections
•Member, Bar Association of the District of Columbia
•Member, Fairfax Bar Association, Litigation Section, Criminal Tax Subcommittee, Chair
•Member, Maryland State Bar Association
•Member, Society of CPAs, Northern Virginia Chapter, Non-accountant Member and Speaker
•Member, Virginia State Bar, Criminal Law Committee, Chair, (2003-2004)
•Member, Arlington Diocese
•Member, Catholic University, Columbus School of Law - Adjunct Professor
•Coach, CYO Basketball


David G. Barger focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigations, corporate compliance, including FCPA compliance, criminal and civil tax controversies, and complex commercial litigation. His practice includes representing companies and individuals in civil and criminal government investigations, often involving government contract issues; and handling complex civil litigation in both state and federal courts in such areas as commercial transactions, construction, computer software, employment and real estate.

Mr. Barger is head of the Northern Virginia Litigation Practice. His representation has included corporations, corporate executives and professionals such as attorneys, accountants and physicians in fields such as environmental matters, FCPA matters, health care, criminal tax, public official investigations, copyright and trademark, securities and SEC matters, appellate representations, government contracts, and immigration. He has almost 30 years of experience as a trial attorney in complex litigation.

Mr. Barger was a federal prosecutor in the EDVA Fraud Section and the Department of Justice for approximately 16 years. He was lead counsel in hundreds of cases involving complex fraud issues.

While working as an assistant U.S. attorney, he handled fraud investigations and prosecutions throughout the district, including Alexandria, Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia. He also served as the coordinator for the Environmental Crimes Task Force for the district and the ethics officer. From February 1998 to September 1999, he was detailed to the Office of the Independent Counsel, the Honorable Kenneth W. Starr, where he supervised the Alexandria Office from July 1998 to September 1999 and handled certain high profile investigations and prosecutions. Mr. Barger was the lead prosecutor and supervisor of the investigative and trial team in the criminal tax prosecution of United States v. Webster L. Hubbell, et al. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Barger was a trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Tax Division, Criminal Tax Section where he investigated and tried numerous criminal tax cases throughout the U.S. From 1981 to 1984 he was an assistant professor of political science and law at James Madison University.

Areas of Concentration

•Complex Business Litigation
•Government & White Collar Investigations
•Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, prosecutions, and compliance
•Multistate Corporate Compliance & Public Policy
•Tax Controversy
•Worksite Enforcement & Immigration Compliance
•Environmental Law & Climate Change
•Hospitals & Long Term Care
•Nursing Homes/Assisted Living Facilities/Other Residential Care Providers
•Physician Groups and Medical Staffs
•Financial Crisis Task Force
•Unfair Business Practices

Awards & Recognition

•Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, 2008-2016
•Team Member, U.S. News - Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms Edition, Law Firm of the Year, Environmental Law, 2016
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2008-2015
•Listed, Chambers USA Guide, Litigation, 2009-2014
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine,Virginia Super Lawyers, 2007-2013
•Listed, Virginia Business magazine, Legal Elite
•Recipient, Numerous awards while with the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney's Office, EDVA
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5

AV, BV, AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Associated News & Events

Press Releases

11.03.15 Greenberg Traurig Named 'Law Firm of the Year' for Environmental Law
08.19.15 7 Greenberg Traurig Northern Virginia Attorneys Listed in the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
08.14.15 Greenberg Traurig Team Secures $31M Victory for Firm Client Lord & Taylor in Breach of Contract Case
11.14.14 Greenberg Traurig's Environmental Practice Receives Top Tier Rankings in U.S. News - Best Lawyers 2015 'Best Law Firms' List
11.05.14 Six Greenberg Traurig Northern Virginia Attorneys Listed in 2015 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
06.05.14 Five Greenberg Traurig Northern Virginia Attorneys Recognized in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
05.23.14 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, Practices Included in 2014 Chambers USA Guide
08.15.13 6 Greenberg Traurig Northern Virginia Attorneys Listed in 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers in America
05.28.13 Chambers USA Guide 2013 Includes 171 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys, 33 Practice Areas
05.02.13 Greenberg Traurig Expands Litigation Practice with Addition of Michelle D. Gambino in Northern Viriginia

Reported CasesSignificant Representations; Sample Significant Prosecutions (as lead or co-counsel); United States v. Webster L. Hubbell et al. - Independent counsel investigation of former Attorney General; United States v. Cecil Jacobson , 4F.3d 987 - Prosecution of fertility doctor; United States v. Aramony , 88F.3d 1369 - Prosecutor of former head of United Way; United States v. Moore , 27F.3d 969 - Former EPA employee fraud prosecution; United States v. Sullivan , 906 F.2d 1532 - Ill wind prosecution; United States v. Bryan , 896 F.2d 68 - Multimillion dollar tax shelter prosecution; United States v. Kilzpatrick , 726 F.Supp. 789 - 100 million dollar tax shelter prosecution; United States v. Mitchell , 985 F.2d 1275 - Department of Interior scientist prosecution; United States v. Hirschfield , 964 F.2d 318 - Prosecution of attorney on tax and securities fraud; Sample Defense Matters; Represented public and privately held corporations in federal government contract investigations. Represented corporations and executives in FCPA investigations and prosecutions and provided FCPA compliance analysis and advice, including high profile FCPA prosecution. Represented public officials in various high profile federal inquiries and cases. Represented companies and individuals in various federal environmental matters in the EDVA and WDVA in areas such as Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act. Represented public companies and individuals in SEC private and public inquiries and investigations. Represented Fortune 500 Automobile Finance Company in complex state and federal litigation. Represented Service Industry Company in copyright and unfair competition state and federal litigation. Represented Fortune 500 Construction Company in numerous state, federal and arbitration matters. Represented Fortune 100 banking and finance companies in federal lending litigation matters.

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David G. Barger

1750 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 1200
McLeanVA 22102


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