Barry Mitchell


(602) 358 0293
(602) 300 2113

Barry Mitchell is a trial lawyer practicing for over 30 years in the area of criminal defense. He focuses on representing individuals and corporations in criminal, regulatory, and administrative cases. He handles the full range of state and federal felony and misdemeanor issues.

Barry is particularly skilled and seasoned in defending cases with an intersection between the criminal justice system and administrative licensing authorities. He has represented hundreds of licensed professionals and entities facing matters ranging from domestic violence to money laundering. Chambers USA says “Clients report that they consider Barry Mitchell a ‘first choice’ for white-collar trials or investigations. He represents clients in criminal, regulatory and administrative cases, including state and federal felony matters. Sources further highlight him as a ‘bright, thoughtful and strategic lawyer.'” He has also helped create and implement compliance programs for organizations ranging from small companies and healthcare practice groups to Fortune 100 corporations.

Barry graduated from Boalt Hall, University of California – Berkeley, in 1991 where he taught Legal Research and Writing and chaired the Moot Court Board. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1985.

Before starting the law firm of Mitchell | Stein | Carey | Chapman, Barry practiced for 22 years at Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., and was a partner in its Criminal Law and Regulatory Enforcement Group.

  • Successfully represented national, state, and local healthcare practices in Medicare; false Claims Act investigations and litigation
  • Represented regional medical practice in U.S. Senate Finance Committee investigation; investigation closed in the practice’s favor
  • Multiple successful representations of physician practice groups in AHCCCS investigations regarding billing irregularities.
  • Successfully defended numerous individual physicians accused of AHCCCS billing fraud
  • Successfully represented numerous individual physicians in DEA application and resignation matters
  • Successfully resolved DEA record-keeping violation case against national pharmaceutical distributorship
  • Resolved numerous Qui Tam cases in favor of individual physicians
  • Resolved numerous Qui Tam cases in favor of regional medical practices
  • Resolved numerous Qui Tam cases in favor of national/multinational medical groups
  • Successfully represented numerous individual physicians accused of Stark violations in connection with orthopedic device usage; investigations closed and government claims not pursued
  • Advised regional pharmaceutical distributorship concerning compliance with DEA record-keeping, distributing, and compounding regulations
  • Advised online health care practices concerning state and federal regulations
  • Successfully defended mobile and numerous other dental practices against claims of violating AHCCCS billing rules and favorably resolved related Medicare issues with federal government
  • Represented individual in FDA and state Attorney General investigation/prosecution concerning drugs imported from India; achieved favorable civil resolution on behalf of individual
  • Represented physician concerning billing and consumer fraud investigation of weight-loss clinic; investigation favorably closed
  • Successfully represented physician in investigation of multiple pain management clinic practices
  • Successfully defended individual in HHS-OIG investigation of national dental practice concerning billing and patient treatment issues
  • Represented numerous chiropractors in state Attorney General billing fraud investigations which were closed in chiropractic physician’s favor
  • Successfully represented individuals in state and federal investigations of insurance trusts concerning accusations of misuse of public funds
  • Successfully represented Department of Defense contractors in federal fraud investigations
  • Represented small business owner in federal investigation of insurance fraud ring; investigation closed in client’s favor
  • Successfully defended farming partnership in Farming Subsidies Claims Act case; achieved favorable civil resolution
  • Resolved HUD fraud investigation in individual’s/development company’s favor
  • Achieved dismissal of case for security company indicted by state Attorney General for antitrust violations
  • Achieved dismissal of Indictment against state worker for bid and procurement violations involving state-run correctional facility
  • Successfully represented law enforcement personnel in internal, state and federal investigations/prosecutions
  • Successfully resolved a state Attorney General consumer fraud claim against automobile dealership concerning trade-in value issues
  • Represented individual in connection with investigation by the Office of Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP). Investigation closed in client’s favor
  • Represented medical transport company in state Auditor General investigation related to conflict of interest claims; investigation closed in favor of company
  • Successfully represented individuals accused of trade secret theft and copyright violations
  • Successfully defended individuals and companies in mortgage fraud investigation and prosecutions
  • Successfully defended individual in connection with an anti-trust investigation involving allegations of price-fixing of refrigeration equipment in five states, investigation closed in the individual’s favor
  • Advised clients concerning federal and state gaming regulations concerning software for gaming machines
  • Successfully represented individuals accused of violating state campaign finance laws and federal election laws
  • Successfully represented various vendors and entities in Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General fraud and procurement investigations/prosecutions

Environmental / natural resource allegations

  • Represented an Arizona county concerning allegations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) concerning improper handling of refrigerant and venting procedures, investigation closed in favor of client
  • Represented a mercury recycling plant in a six-year investigation by the EPA and DOJ; persuaded EPA to decline to submit the matter to DOJ
  • Successfully resolved the prosecution of an individual for violating the Endangered Species Act
  • Successfully resolved investigation of river rafting company concerning accusations of violating Navigable Waterways Act
  • Successfully obtained a civil resolution for an Arizona rancher involved in a criminal prosecution for Bureau of Land Management tree-cutting violation
  • Successfully resolved state investigation of individual accused of aiding and abetting violation of state environmental laws concerning land development and endangered species

Workplace events, OSHA and MSHA matters

  • Successfully represented several mining companies concerning allegations of reckless endangerment/manslaughter and OSHA violations in connection with the maintenance and operation of backhoes and other equipment
  • Successfully represented housing development in OSHA/county investigation concerning installation and maintenance of septic tanks
  • Successfully represented day care employee during investigation concerning Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • Successfully resolved investigation against hospital employee concerning allegations of euthanasia
  • Successfully resolved investigation of hospital employee concerning allegation of sexual abuse of a patient
  • Successfully resolved allegations of assault/harassment of fellow hospital employees
  • Successfully resolved allegations of reckless endangerment and drug diversion against nurse practitioner concerning accusations of administering an unauthorized take-back program
  • Successfully resolved allegations against a nurse of reckless endangerment for mistakes in the administration of medication to a patient
  • Successfully represented individuals accused of MSHA violations associated with mining fatality

Internal investigations

  • Assisted company with investigating refrigerant leaks and other environmental issues
  • Assisted company with Medicare fraud investigation related to over-billing concerns and fraudulent sale of durable medical equipment
  • Assisted construction material manufacturing company with internal investigation of theft and embezzlement
  • Assisted company with its investigation of computer tampering by employees
  • Successfully defended numerous domestic violence investigations and prosecutions of physicians, chiropractors, dentists, lawyers, accountants, CPAs, Insurance professionals, contractors, and law enforcement personnel
  • Successfully defended physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals against accusations of sexual misconduct with a patient
  • Successfully represented numerous physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses, and real estate professionals with addiction/mental health issues concerning accusations of drug diversion or inappropriate fraudulent prescribing behavior
  • Successfully assisted members of the clergy concerning accusations of sexual misconduct
  • Successfully represented numerous physicians, lawyers, nurses, CPAs, contractors, and commercial vehicle operators concerning allegations of hit and run, DUI, and other driving misconduct
  • Successfully represented physicians, lawyers, accountants, and other professionals concerning financial misconduct accusations/prosecutions
    Successfully represented physicians and other professionals against allegations concerning prostitution
  • Successfully tried cases and resolved investigations involving homicide, manslaughter, assault, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, misuse of computers, and privacy violations
  • Successfully represented numerous individuals accused of drug possession, manufacture, and/or sale
  • Successfully represented individuals accused of or being investigated for theft, money laundering, conspiracy, embezzlement, and gambling violations
  • Significant experience in mental health defense and guilty except insane law; represented individuals in homicide and assault cases resulting in Guilty Except Insane dispositions
  • Successfully represented international company before the SEC and DOJ from allegations of bribing foreign officials; persuaded government close investigation
  • Advised company concerning whether certain gifts to state-run bank officials and China constituted violations of the CPA
  • Advised company concerning the FCPA compliance of its business activities in Poland
  • Represented media company concerning embezzlement by employee and facilitated the prosecution of employee by the state Attorney General’s office. Secured restitution award and payment
  • Advised physician concerning security and threat assessment issues due to threats made by patient to physician and practice
  • Advised physician concerning extortionate behavior toward physician by another individual; facilitated prosecution by Maricopa County Attorney’s Office
  • Represented regional healthcare practice in investigation and prosecution of internal theft and fraudulent Medicare billing; facilitated federal prosecution of employee
  • Assisted land development and apartment owners and criminally investigating employees suspected theft ring; facilitated civil recovery
  • Assisted high-ranking city official by conducting security assessment and implementing precautionary measures due to threats made by an acquaintance
  • Assistant insurance company in the recovery of mishandled funds from local bond company
  • Assisted numerous clients in securing orders of protection and injunctions against harassment/workplace harassment against individuals who engaged in threatening and harassing behavior towards the client
  • “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense (White Collar), 2020
  • “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense (White Collar), 2018
  • “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense (Non-White Collar), 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Defense (White Collar and Non-White Collar), 2010 – Present
  • “Band One” in Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Litigation Lawyers”
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2007 – Present
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2011 – Present
  • AV Preeminent Peer-Reviewed Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Lawyer, Phoenix Magazine (2022, 2023)
  • AVVO Rating 10.0 (superb)
  • Member – Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • Member – National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Board Member, Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys (AzSHA)
  • President, Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court, 2001-2002 (Inn Member beginning 1996; served numerous times as Pupilage Group Leader)
  • American Inns of Court Program Award Committee 2013
  • State Bar of Arizona, Fee Dispute Arbitration Committee (former)
  • Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., Partner, Criminal Law and Regulatory Enforcement Group (1997 – 2013)
  • Streich Lang, Associate (1996 – 1997)
  • Gallagher & Kennedy, P.A., Associate (1991 – 1996)
  • January 2022, Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Collateral Consequences for Physicians
  • January 2020, Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Corporate and Ethical Considerations
  • August 2019, Arizona Society of Healthcare Attorneys, Behavioral Health Crisis
  • September 2017, State Bar of Arizona, Managing Criminal Regulatory Liability
  • May 2015, Arizona Association of Healthcare Lawyers, Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Overview
  • April 2015, Arizona Ethics and Compliance Council, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Working Group
  • October 2014, Arizona Corporate Counsel Forum, Data Privacy, Protection and Breaches
  • June 2014, Arizona State Bar Convention, Criminal Risks in Real Estate Deals
  • May 2013, Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Criminal Defense Law for Cocktail Party Conversation, or “Dude, It Could Happen to You”
  • October 2011, Arizona Association of Healthcare Lawyers, Today’s Intersection of Healthcare and Criminal Law: A Sea Change
  • September 2011, State Bar of Arizona, White-Collar Crime Seminar – FCPA Update
  • October 2010, State Bar of Arizona, Bill and Collect Your Fees Ethically
  • January 2010, State Bar of Arizona, White-Collar Crime Update – Framework for Internal Investigations and Compliance Programs
  • January 2009, State Bar of Arizona, White-Collar Crime Update – Trends in Investigative Techniques
  • February 2008, State Bar of Arizona, The Intersection of Criminal and Administrative Law
  • October 2007, State Bar of Arizona, Government Investigations; What’s Happening Right Now
  • July 2006, National Association of Legal Secretaries, Criminal Procedure Overview
  • July 2003, Arizona State Bar, Billing Ethics seminar
  • October 2001, Financial Executives Institute, Criminal Defense Strategies
  • October 1998, Institute of Paralegal Education, Legal Research and Analysis in Arizona
  • December 2011, Medical Society Roundup, “Responding to Government Investigations”
  • March 1998,“Compliance Programs Can Bring You Peace of Mind (and They Don’t Have to Be Expensive)”
  • February 1998, Medical Society Roundup, “What to Do When the Government Knock-Knocks at Your Door”
  • Sponsor – Teach for America
  • Junior Achievement (former)
  • Phoenix Men’s Arts Council (former)
  • Recording for the Blind (former)
... a top-notch lawyer - one of the best in Phoenix for what he does. He is a highly experienced trial lawyer who represents individuals and corporations in a range of criminal defense cases. He has further savvy relating to administrative and regulatory-related cases."

Meet the attorneys fighting for you

`Our attorneys have successfully defended clients in federal, state, and local courts. And we’re ready to work for you.

Contact us today