Rob Fisher is an accomplished trial lawyer and legal strategist who represents clients facing bet-the-company government investigations or charges brought by agencies such as the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the various state attorneys general.
Rob was recently retained as an expert in white-collar criminal defense practices and was also nominated by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to serve as a member of the Commonwealth’s Task Force on the Preservation of Evidence. Rob has been quoted for his work as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in numerous national publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe.
I utilize my experience as a former assistant United States attorney and state assistant attorney general to represent clients facing investigations or cases brought by any of the numerous state and federal agencies or United States Attorneys’ Offices. I’ve served as lead trial counsel in dozens of state and federal trials and successfully handled appeals before the Massachusetts Appeals Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. I have also represented FINRA in lengthy hearings before that regulator’s Office of Hearing Officers.
I am a former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General and spent nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston with much of this time as a member of the Public Corruption and Special Investigations Unit. In this role, I led dozens of grand jury investigations and handled the prosecution of a broad range of sophisticated, high-profile, white-collar federal cases involving federal program bribery, health care fraud, international trade violations, embezzlement, identity theft, extortion, obstruction of justice, money laundering, RICO conspiracies, and mail and wire fraud. I have conducted trainings for the FBI and other federal and foreign law enforcement agencies and traveled with the FBI to Europe while conducting training regarding bribery and corruption for European law enforcement officials.
My experience as a former state and federal prosecutor gives me a unique perspective when assisting my clients with government investigations and criminal and regulatory matters, including subpoenas by federal or state agencies, internal corporate investigations, and defense of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases.
I also help clients resolve complex securities and compliance matters, including securities fraud, stock manipulation, conversion of investor funds, mail and wire fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering.
Prior to joining the firm, I served as a senior litigation counsel for FINRA. I handled some of the regulatory authority’s most significant cases involving violations of federal securities laws and ethical rules. I also represented FINRA in disciplinary hearings and settlement negotiations.
I leverage my background and understanding of the financial regulatory landscape to help my clients navigate federal security laws and industry rules and regulations.
The federal government, state governments, and various regulators will continue to be aggressive in the areas of financial fraud, money laundering, health care fraud, corporate or white-collar misconduct, and public and private corruption, including the investigation of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. In the current highly regulated environment, businesses and individuals should be cognizant of their compliance and due diligence responsibilities and, if and when there are violations, it is important that they receive strategic advice and counsel from lawyers that know firsthand how these agencies and regulators investigate and prosecute cases.
CNN | August 21, 2020
This story, covering the upcoming sentencing of actress Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli in the college admissions case, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who represented Stanford’s former sailing coach when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the case last year. News outlets across the country have picked up CNN’s story today.
Boston Globe | July 31, 2020
Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, a former federal prosecutor, is quoted in this article analyzing an appeals court’s decision to overturn convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence.
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February 13, 2020
This roundup of promotions in the Boston legal industry mentions two members of NP’s 2020 new partner class: Government Investigations and White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and Complex Commercial Disputes partner Morgan Nighan.
The Deal | February 04, 2020
This column of notable executive moves in the legal industry included a write-up on the promotion of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper, and Peter Trimarchi.
Reuters Legal | February 03, 2020
This roundup of personnel moves in the legal industry highlights the 13 members of Nixon Peabody’s 2020 new partner class: Laura Bacon, Shariff Barakat, Katie Baynes, Robert Fisher, Kimberly Harding, Brian Mahoney, Sonia Nayak, Dara Newman Histed, Morgan Nighan, Chris Porzio, Rachel Pugliese, Dana Roper and Peter Trimarchi.
Export Compliance Daily | February 03, 2020
This article, which addresses sanctions enforcement by the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and related questions from industry stakeholders, includes commentary from Boston Corporate partner Alexandra Lopez-Casero and Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher from their webinar hosted by the Massachusetts Export Council on January 30.
Wall Street Journal | December 03, 2019
Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner-elect Rob Fisher, who represented former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer in a case earlier this year, is quoted in this article about Stanford’s internal review of its policies and practices related to the college admissions case.
New York Times | September 06, 2019
This article about upcoming sentencings of several parents involved in the college admissions case quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Robert Fisher, noting his representation of former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.
Law360 | August 28, 2019
New York City partner Isabelle De Smedt (CORP), Manchester partner Mark Knights (GIWC), Boston counsel Robert Fisher (GIWC), Manchester associate Michael Strauss (CDPG) and Boston associate Scott Seitz (GIWC) authored this column about the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s recent decision regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act’s anti-bribery provisions and what the decision means for companies needing to comply with the law.
The Boston Globe | August 09, 2019
This article quotes Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher, a former federal prosecutor, on why two Boston City Hall aides were charged with allegedly pressuring an event organizer into hiring union help.
CBS News | June 13, 2019
Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher appeared on CBS This Morning to discuss a major win for his client, former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.
Dagens Industri (Sweden) | April 04, 2019
In this article translated from Swedish, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Robert Fisher is quoted about an ongoing investigation regarding Swedbank’s contacts with Mossack Fonseca.
The Wall Street Journal | March 15, 2019
Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher is mentioned in this article for his representation of former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer who pled guilty stemming from his involvement in the college bribery scandal.
Cannabis Alert | 05.04.20
Government Investigations/White Collar Alert | 04.07.20
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | 03.19.20
Cannabis Alert | 01.13.20
Government Investigations & White Collar Defense Alert | 10.15.19
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Cannabis Alert | 07.15.18
Boston University School of Law, J.D.
Northeastern University, B.S., magna cum laude, University Honors Program