Barry S Cohen

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Of Counsel
Location:
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Phone:
920-299-5074
Fax:
920-395-2443
Email:

Barry is of counsel to the firm and is widely regarded as one of Wisconsin's true drunk driving defense pioneers. He also served as Dennis Melowski's mentor after Dennis joined his firm shortly after graduating from law school. Dennis and Barry practiced together for 15 years before Dennis formed Melowski & Associates in 2009. Barry was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (with honors), and the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1983.

Barry has earned a statewide reputation for tenacity and expertise in the exclusive practice of criminal, drunk driving and traffic defense. He has had hundreds of criminal and drunk driving charges dismissed or reduced to lesser offenses throughout his career and has tried over 100 jury trials. He has argued twice in the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, including the successful defense of the right to challenge the lawfulness of a police traffic stop in the context of a Refusal of Chemical Test hearing. Attorney Cohen has been selected as one of only 5 Wisconsin OWI Super Lawyers each year since 2006. He maintains the highest 10.0 rating by AVVO, the national lawyer rating service, and earned recognition since 2012 as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers organization.

He is a former President of the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Barry was also recently re-appointed by the Supreme Court of Wisconsin to assist the Office of Lawyer Regulation with oversight of individual lawyers.

Barry is a former co-author of Traffic Law and Practice in Wisconsin, a State Bar of Wisconsin publication used by lawyers and judges throughout the state. He has lectured extensively throughout his career to defense attorneys, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, legislators and judges on various criminal and drunk driving issues. Barry has been responsible for organizing educational seminars every year since 1985, and for many years has been the driving force behind the Annual Drunk Driving Defense Seminar.

Throughout his career, Barry has served, at the request of the governor, legislators, judges, and the Department of Motor Vehicles, on a wide variety of governmental committees, study groups and task forces whose purpose was to examine current laws and practices and help to improve both by drafting new laws and procedures in criminal and traffic matters.

In 1985, Barry helped to create the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and also served for several years on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1983

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, Wisconsin
    • J.D. - 1983
  • University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1979
    • Honors: With Honors

Published Works

  • Former Co-author, Traffic Law and Practice in Wisconsin, State Bar of Wisconsin

Honors and Awards

  • One of Only 5 Wisconsin OWI Super Lawyers, 2006 - 2014
  • Highest 10.0 rating by AVVO, The National Lawyer Rating Service
  • Member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers Organization, 2012 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Legislative Committee Member, 1985 - Present
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Criminal Law Section, Former President