Rob's practice emphasizes white-collar criminal matters, enforcement investigations, internal corporate investigations, and tailored compliance counseling. He has particular experience in foreign bribery statutes (the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.K. Bribery Act), in addition to areas including financial services fraud, securities fraud, and commodities fraud.
Rob re-entered private practice in 2012 after 20 years of service in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, where he led several significant prosecutions, investigations, and initiatives. Between 1996 and 1999, Rob was a lead prosecutor of the Montana Freemen, resulting in his receipt of the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service. At the DOJ, Rob also served as the Criminal Division liaison to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and had coordination responsibilities with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. One of the signature results of his work at the DOJ resulted in the Fraud Section's lead role in the Libor investigation, in partnership with the DOJ's Antitrust Division, the CFTC, and other international enforcement authorities.
Rob was a shareholder and founding member of the White-Collar Defense, Investigations, and Compliance Counseling practice at McGonigle, P.C., before it combined with Davis Wright Tremaine.
Seminal FCPA prosecution
Rob was a principal DOJ attorney on the trial team in the matter of United States v. Frederic Bourke, Jr., a seminal prosecution of an individual investor under the FCPA.
Investigations and enforcement proceedings
Rob's experience at the DOJ and working collaboratively with the CFTC and FERC allows him to offer insights on government investigations and enforcement strategies.
AML and compliance counseling
Rob advises broker-dealers, financial service firms, exchanges, and other clients on best practices in anti-money-laundering (AML), know-your-customer (KYC), and other compliance policies and procedures.
Trading and Markets Counseling
Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia, 1983
J.D., Antioch School of Law, 1982
B.A., Political Science, Davidson College, 1979
Memberships & Affiliations
Scientific Committee Member, Smart Global Governance
DOJ Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service, 1999
- Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, 1988-1991
- Shareholder and founding member of the White Collar Defense, Investigations, and Compliance Counseling practice, McGonigle P.C.