Barbier's Litigation Experience

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Historic Verdict

In February 2019, Deborah obtained Not Guilty verdicts on all twenty eight (28) counts in a complicated four and a half week federal criminal trial involving bank fraud, tax fraud, and obstruction of justice.

Full Acquittal

In August 2018, Deborah obtained a full acquittal for a chiropractor in a two week federal healthcare fraud prosecution.

Additional Noteworthy Mentions

All Charges Dismissed in Public Corruption Investigation

December 1, 2017
In December 2017, after a four year, high profile public corruption investigation, all of the charges against Barbier’s client were dismissed. Her defense work was praised by the State newspaper as “amazing”. Read More: After Quinn’s probation, dismay, joy and wondering: What’s next? Read More

Barbier Wins Numerous Key Motions

August 31, 2017

Barbier served as lead defense counsel for a large nursing home chain in a False Claims Act lawsuit that was vigorously defended for more than three years. The case was settled for a nominal amount after Barbier won numerous key motions which included: precluding the use of statistical sampling; dismissing more than 60,000 alleged false claims; and dismissing the retaliation claims. United States of America ex rel Michaels v. Agape Senior, LLC; 3:12-cv-3466-JFA.

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Barbier Appointed Special Prosecutor in Several SC Cases

November 6, 2016

Barbier has served as a special prosecutor for both the South Carolina Senate and House of Representatives Ethics Committees in matters involving alleged ethics violations of its members, including:

Ethics committee orders former House Speaker Bobby Harrell to repay misused campaign funds, pay fine, February 2016

Georgetown County senator reprimanded, ordered to pay more than $123,000 after ethics violations, November 2016

Former Moncks Corner lawmaker to pay $2,000 fine in response to sexual harassment charge, June 2106

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Barbier Obtained a Full Dismissal in a Civil Forfeiture Case

December 22, 2015

In a civil forfeiture case, Barbier obtained a full dismissal of the case and an Order that all of her client’s seized monies be returned. In addition, the Court awarded the client attorney fees which at that time was the largest in the history of the District of South Carolina under CAFRA. United States of America v. $116,850.00 in United States Currency; 3:14-1794-JFA


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Barbier Gets Federal Qui Tam Complaint Dismissed

September 1, 2015

In September 2015, Barbier obtained an Order dismissing a federal qui tam complaint alleging healthcare fraud for failure to state a claim. United States of America et al v. Columbia Gastroenterology Associates PA et al; 3:14-cv-00115-BHH

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Barbier Gets Forfeiture Case Dismissed

August 30, 2015

Barbier gets forfeiture case dismissed and full amount of seized monies returned.


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Barbier Gets All Charges Dismissed in a Murder Case

July 6, 2015

On July 6, 2015 three years after being charged with murder, all of the charges against Barbier’s client were dismissed. Barbier’s client was wrongfully accused and he spent two years in prison before she was able to get him a bond and get all of the charges dismissed.

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Barbier Prosecuted Defense Contractor Who Over-Billed DOD

July 25, 2014

Barbier prosecuted a defense contractor who billed the Department of Defense for more than $20 million dollars. Barbier’s prosecution of the case was featured on American Greed and the Discovery ID channel. Local Attorney Featured on Investigation Discovery Series

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RICO Prosecution Against County Sheriff

August 17, 2010

Barbier was on the prosecution team in a high profile, public corruption RICO prosecution against a county sheriff who received a 17 year federal sentence. Prosecutor: Former Lee Co. sheriff ‘absolutely corrupt’

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First Cockfighting Case Under New Animal Welfare Act

July 29, 2010

Barbier prosecuted the first cockfighting case in the country under the revised Animal Welfare Act against 27 cockfighters. All of the  defendants were convicted. Williamsburg County cockfighting ringleader sentenced

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Honors and Professional Recognition