Barry Sorrels is one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in Texas in both state and federal courts. He represents clients in all criminal matters from serious state offenses to complex federal fraud cases.
He was the 2011 President of the Dallas Bar Association and is the 2016 President-Elect of the prestigious Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, but he is best known for his career in the courtroom. He spent a couple of years as a prosecutor in the Dallas District Attorney’s Office as a young lawyer, but the great majority of his career and successes are as a criminal defense lawyer. He is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Criminal Law.
Being accused of criminal misconduct is one of the most difficult and stressful events a person can experience, and Barry understands that the accusation alone can cause negative consequences. Most of Barry’s cases involve investigations or charges against highly successful clients including politicians, business executives, professional athletes, doctors, healthcare professionals, pharmacists, and law enforcement officials. He regularly represents friends and family members of lawyers and judges. Recently, he was asked by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to represent one of their assistant district attorneys in a contempt matter.
Barry often works with civil law firms who have clients with collateral criminal issues, and he is an expert on the 5th amendment issues that often arise in civil cases where criminal acts have been alleged.
When Barry works on a case, he brings a seasoned group of investigators, appellate specialists, and experts. Through his years of practice, Barry has learned that complex matters where life and freedom hang in the balance demand a team approach. He is very comfortable leading a team of experts through the difficult process of investigation, preparation, and trial. Barry believes that preparation is one of the most important parts of his representation because victory loves preparation.
Barry often says, “It doesn’t matter whether a case is resolved by agreement, in front of a judge, or in front of a jury, proven trial lawyers get the best results for their clients.” Though many of his best outcomes for clients are the cases where he has been able to prevent a case from being filed by law enforcement or indicted by a grand jury, Barry earned his reputation by getting excellent results in the courtroom. He is one of the elite trial lawyers in this state. Barry’s trial skills extend to both federal and state courts. He has obtained acquittals for his clients on charges as serious as complex federal fraud cases and first degree murder. He is one of a handful of criminal defense attorneys who has obtained a jury verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.
Barry is listed in Best Lawyers in America for criminal defense and was selected Top Criminal Defense Attorney in Dallas for 2011. He was honored in Texas Monthly magazine as one of the "Top 100 Lawyers in Texas” and has been voted by his peers as a D Magazine Best Criminal Defense Attorney every year since 2003. Barry is a Master in the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, one of the most prestigious legal organizations in Dallas. He was one of four Dallas attorneys invited to participate in the Dallas Bar Association’s Learn from the Masters trial demonstration in front of an audience of hundreds of lawyers. In 2015, the publishers of D CEO magazine named Barry as one of only six criminal defense lawyers recognized in the Dallas 500, the inaugural publication dedicated to the city's top business leaders from various industries.
Through his regular commentary for local and national news outlets, Barry has earned a reputation as an expert legal analyst in criminal cases. He has appeared on CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, CourtTV and most local DFW news stations as a legal expert.
Barry has served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas Federal Court Advisory Committee 2009-Present. In 2013, he was one of five attorneys appointed by the Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to the committee to recommend a new Public Defender for the Northern District of Texas. He is on the board of trustees of the Center for American and International Law and is the course director for the Center's Trial Skills and Trial Law Program, where he teaches young lawyers criminal defense skills.
Areas of Practice
- White Collar Criminal Law
- Healthcare Fraud
- Wire Fraud
- Mail Fraud
- False Claims Act
- Stark Law Violations
- Anti-Kickback Statute
- Trade Secret Violations
- FDA Investigations
- Bank Fraud
- RICO Violations
- Narcotics Charges
- Serious Criminal State Court Charges
- 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certified Legal Specialties
- Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Texas, 1978
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1978
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1978
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1978
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1978
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas, 2001
- U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas, 2001
- Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
- J.D. - 1978
- Columbia University
- B.A. - 1975
- Program Chair, Trial Advocacy in Criminal Cases, Center for American and International Law, 2004 - Present
Honors and Awards
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Criminal Law, 2001 - 2016
- Listed in Best Lawyers in Dallas "D" Magazine, Criminal Defense, 2003 - 2016
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
- Top 100 Texas Superlawyers, 2009 - 2010
- Top 100 Dallas/Fort Worth Superlawyers, 2009 - 2010
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Dallas Bar Association
- Center for American and International Law, Trustee, 2006 - 2016
- Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Dallas, Texas, Master, President-Elect, 2016
- Dallas Bar Foundation