Denise Barnes is a former U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Trial Attorney who focuses her practice on compliance, white collar and regulatory investigations, and complex commercial litigation.  She represents clients in both public and non-public investigations, regulatory inquiries, and other proceedings involving federal and state agencies as well as commercial litigation.

Denise's investigative and litigation experience enables her to provide effective, yet pragmatic, counsel to clients in a broad range of practice areas with extensive experience in government investigations related to allegations arising under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, Stark Law, and FIRREA.  In particular, during Denise’s time at DOJ, she led a myriad of multidistrict investigations resulting in over $2.7 Billion in recoveries to federal taxpayers.



Prior Experience

  • U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., Commercial Litigation Branch, Fraud Section, Trial Attorney, 2015-2022
  • Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy, LLP, Washington, D.C., Litigation Associate, 2010-2015




Court Admissions



U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division Special Commendation Award, 2019

Professional & Community Involvement

Washington Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

National Bar Association, Women Lawyers Division, Greater Washington Area Chapter

News & Insights

Seminars & Events

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