Hon. Barry A. Cozier

Barry Cozier

An experienced veteran of the New York State judiciary, Mr. Cozier represents individuals and institutions in complex business and commercial litigation, employment law litigation and federal and state appeals. 

For two decades, prior to entering private practice, Mr. Cozier was a member of the New York State judiciary, most recently serving as an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, in the Second Judicial Department, where he presided over civil and criminal appeals. 

Prior to his judicial service, Mr. Cozier was in private practice and held various public sector legal positions. His diverse practice included general corporate matters, real estate transactions, administrative and estate proceedings, family law and immigration issues.

Representative Matters Include:

  • A state court action for injunctive relief to prevent lenders from prematurely enforcing rights under a credit agreement/breach of contract;
  • Defense of a private investment partnership in a state court action by minority shareholders for judicial dissolution based on breach of fiduciary duties and looting of company assets;
  • Defense of a broadcasting group in a state court action to compel arbitration of an employment discrimination claim;
  • Defense of a national leasing service in a state court action for breach of contract, fraud, negligent misrepresentation and violations of the Federal Racketeering statute;
  • A state court action against corporate borrowers to recover loan proceeds based on fraud and negligent misrepresentation;
  • Defense in federal court of a collective/class action alleging violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act in classifying store managers as exempt from overtime wages;
  • Defense of a multinational corporation in federal action for wrongful termination of a corporate executive due to age discrimination and retaliation;
  • Preparation and argument of state appeals in breach of contract, fraud, libel and employment discrimination actions.

Legal Experience:

  • LeClairRyan, New York, New York, May 2012 – Present
  • Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., New York, New York, 2006 – 2012
  • Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, 2001 – 2006
  • Justice of the Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County, 1998 – 2001
  • Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Management Support, New York State Court, 1996 – 1997
  • Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for the New York City Courts, 1994 – 1995
  • Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Second Judicial District, 1993 – 2006
  • Supervising Judge of the Family Court of the State of New York, Queens County, and Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, 1992
  • Judge of the Family Court of the State of New York, City of New York, 1986 – 1992
  • Private Practice of Law, 1976 – 1980 and 1982 – 1986
  • Associate General Counsel for Family Law Litigation, Office of Legal Affairs, Human Resources Administration of the City of New York, 1980 – 1981

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American Law Alumni Association of New York University School of Law: Founding Member
  • Law Alumni Association, Inc. of New York University School of Law: Member, Board of Directors
  • Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association: Board of Directors, 1988 – 1992
  • National Bar Association: Judicial Friends
  • New York City Bar Association: Executive Committee, 1998 – 2002
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • New York State Bar Association: NYSB Foundation, Fellow; Commercial/Federal Litigation Section Executive Committee Member
  • The City Bar
  • New York State Continuing Legal Education Board: Chair, 2003 – 2006
  • New York State Judicial Screening Committee for the First Department
  • Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century in New York
  • Center for Employment Opportunities: Board of Trustees


  • Honoree - Jurists and Lawyers of Color, New York County Lawyers' Association 91st Annual Dinner, 2005
  • The Harlan Fiske Stone Memorial Award, New York City Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Distinguished Service Award as a Justice of the Commercial Division in New York County, New York County Lawyers' Association, 2001
  • Frank Torres Award for Commitment to Diversity, Association of Judges of Hispanic Heritage, 1999
  • Recognition Award, Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association, 1998
  • New York Urban League Manhattan Advisory Board, Chairman's Award, 1997
  • Golda Meir Award, Jewish Lawyers Guild, 1995
  • Alphonso B. Deal Award, Tribune Society, Inc., 1995
  • Special Merit Award, Metropolitan Black Bar Association, 1995
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, New York University School of Law, 1994
  • Wayne E. Scarborough Award, New York City Association of Criminal Court Judges, 1994