Miller & Chevalier Member Barry Pollack Receives the Prestigious Defender of Innocence Award

07.13.09Washington D.C., July 13, 2009 – Miller & Chevalier Chartered today announced that Barry J. Pollack, a Member in the firm's Litigation Department, has been selected as a recipient of the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project (MAIP) Defender of Innocence Award.

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is honoring the outstanding efforts of Pollack and his co-counsel in their pro bono representation of Martin Tankleff, a New York man who was wrongfully convicted of killing his parents when he was just 17 and was sentenced to 50 years to life. Pollack began representing Mr. Tankleff in 1995, and in 2003, Pollack and his team filed a post-conviction motion in New York state court arguing that Mr. Tankleff was innocent and, based on newly obtained evidence, was entitled to a new trial. They presented testimony over a period of months demonstrating that Mr. Tankleff’s parents were killed in a murder-for-hire scheme orchestrated by Mr. Tankleff’s father’s business partner. While the trial court failed to credit the witnesses and denied Mr. Tankleff a new trial, the state appellate court unanimously reversed that decision. Mr. Tankleff was released from prison in December 2007, after serving more than 17 years for crimes he did not commit, and a special prosecutor was appointed in the case. In July 2008, the special prosecutor agreed to dismiss all charges against Mr. Tankleff.

"We are very proud that the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is awarding Barry this distinguished honor," said Marianna Dyson, Chair of Miller & Chevalier. “Barry is an exceptional lawyer who has made countless contributions to the legal profession and has continued to demonstrate his total dedication to his clients. He is very deserving of the recognition that he is receiving as a result of his tireless and passionate efforts on behalf of Martin Tankleff.”

The Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to correcting and preventing wrongful convictions in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Through a 19-member Board of Directors, a staff of four, and a wide network of lawyer and student volunteers, MAIP works to identify wrongfully convicted prisoners in the region. The organization then provides them with pro bono investigative and legal assistance so they can obtain their freedom.

Pollack is a Member in Miller & Chevalier’s White Collar and Internal Investigations Group. He represents individuals and corporations in criminal investigations and trials and in other government enforcement matters, such as Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings. As a former certified public accountant, a substantial focus of his practice is the litigation of complex financial matters.

The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honored Pollack with the “Gideon Champion of Justice Award” in 2008 for his representation of Tankleff. Pollack is listed in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 editions of The Best Lawyers in America. In September 2008, Pollack was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Pollack holds a B.S. from Indiana University, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

The MAIP Defender of Innocence Award ceremony will be held on July 15, with a keynote address by celebrated author John Grisham.

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