Robert Plotkin

Counsel

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Education
  • New York University School of Law, LLM, 1972
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, Law Review, 1971
  • University of Cincinnati, BA, cum laude, 1968
Admissions
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
Affiliations

Editorial Board, Business Crimes Bulletin, 2003-present

Former President and Board Member, National Capital Area ACLU

Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., Visiting Research Scholar, 1977-1979

Vice Chairman, ABA Young Lawyers' Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice and Prison Reform, 1974-1975

Consultant, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1975

Robert, who heads the firm's Securities Enforcement group, has focused on complex federal civil and criminal litigation and SEC enforcement matters in Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years. He has handled an array of highly publicized cases involving financial fraud, securities violations, healthcare fraud and RICO conspiracies. He is experienced in advising clients who are the subjects of high profile parallel administrative, civil, congressional and criminal investigations.

He has represented numerous companies and individuals in SEC investigations and prosecutions. These matters have involved financial fraud and insider trading, trading in unregistered securities, off-shore violations and alleged pyramid schemes. His clients have included investment banking firms, international banks, broker dealers, national accounting firms, public companies and individual officers and directors.

Robert has represented institutions and/or individuals involved in a number of memorable Washington scandals including the Enron investigation, the Stanford Ponzi scheme cases, the savings and loan crisis, the generic drug frauds, the investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Pentagon "ill wind" procurement fraud investigation. He also has advised companies with regard to money laundering policies and FCPA compliance. He has extensive experience in complicated financial cases, and works comfortably with financial consultants and expert witnesses. He is skilled in the management of complex litigation involving numerous parties, parallel proceedings and voluminous documentation.

Formerly the Department of Justice's Chief of Special Litigation for the Civil Rights Division, Robert has been involved in several landmark Supreme Court cases involving the protection of individual rights, and he has argued in federal trial and appellate courts throughout the nation. Robert is a former adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and professorial lecturer at American University. At New York University, he was a Ford Foundation Senior Fellow in Criminal Justice.

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Defense of a global financial institution in a class action by Enron shareholders claiming securities fraud, and in parallel regulatory investigations. Resulted in dismissal of the class action, and no regulatory charges.

Counsel to an international bank in connection with a class action and regulatory investigations arising out of an $8 billion Ponzi scheme.

Representation of the Mexican affiliate of a Big 4 accounting firm in an international SEC investigation into accounting irregularities at a Fortune 100 company. The SEC closed the investigation and filed no charges against the affiliate.

Counsel to the former Secretary of Housing & Urban Development, Samuel R. Pierce, in an independent counsel investigation into contracting practices at HUD. The investigation was resolved favorably for the Secretary, and no charges were brought.

Co-counsel for a class of handicapped school age children who were denied the right to attend public schools. The settlement established a right to public education for handicapped students, and led to Congress’ passage of Federal laws to protect and fund such rights.

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking, Finance and Litigation – Securities, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2017

Named to “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers," Securities Litigation, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2017

Named to "The Washington Area's Best Lawyers,” 2006

AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Co-Author, "International Financial Institutions and the Global War on Corruption," Banking & Financial Services Policy Report, March 2014
Co-author, "FSA: Banks Have ‘More Work to Do’ on Anti-Bribery Compliance," The Banking Law Journal, Vol. 129, No. 6, June 2012
Co-author, "A New Era of Global Anti-Corruption Enforcement," New York Law Journal, February 14, 2012
Co-author, "SEC & DOJ Settle Bribery Charges Against Smith & Nephew," Bribery Library, February 7, 2012
Co-author, "Diamondback – A Sign of the Times," Law360, February 7, 2012
Co-author, "Honest-Services Fraud in the Wake of Skilling," Business Crimes Bulletin, December 2010
Co-author, "Splitting the Jade Falcon: The Supreme Court Sets a New Standard for Scienter in Securities Fraud Cases," Securities Regulation & Law Report, Vol. 39, No. 27, pg. 1068, The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., July 2007
Author, "The Options Uproar: Fraud Goes Dating," Washington Lawyer, May 2007
Panelist, Delaware Corporate Law Update with Former Chief Justice Myron Steele, McGuireWoods Complimentary Presentation, January 14, 2015
A New Era of Openness, or Open Season on Hedge Funds?, Subject to Inquiry, October 29, 2013
Potential Changes to Auditing Standards?, Subject to Inquiry, August 21, 2013