Barry V. Voss was chemically dependent and doing time by a young age. At 19, he was a poly-drug user, addicted to morphine, and serving five years at the St. Cloud Reformatory for Men. It was the last stop in a long tour through Minnesota's juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.
He began college while in prison, enrolled in group therapy at Project Newgate, and was paroled to its campus facility at the University of Minnesota in 1973 where he obtained his bachelor's degree in political science. In 1978, he graduated from Hamline University School of Law. While attending law school, he was among the initial group of paralegals for the Minnesota Legal Advocacy Project to represent state inmates before prison disciplinary hearings.
Before establishing a law practice, Mr. Voss sought and obtained a Pardon Extraordinary from the Minnesota Board of Pardons in 1977. Since admission to the bar in 1978, Mr. Voss has successfully tried cases ranging from possession and distribution of narcotics to first-degree murder, as well as white collar crimes in both state and federal courts.
The author, senior partner of Voss and Hickman, P.A., has lectured in the areas of drug-induced robberies, criminal procedure and insurance fraud. He is also a member of numerous litigation-oriented organizations, including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association and is included in Who's-Who in American Law. He is a board member of Eden House, a community-based program for chemically dependent felons.