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Robert Fisher



Rob Fisher represents clients facing 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.

What do you focus on?

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.

Government Investigations

I am a former Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General and spent nearly a decade working 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 high-profile white-collar federal cases involving health care fraud, international trade violations, bribery, embezzlement, identity theft, extortion, obstruction of justice, money laundering, RICO conspiracies, and mail and wire fraud.

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.

Financial Services

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.

What do you see on the horizon?

The federal government, state governments, and various regulators will continue to be aggressive in the areas of financial misconduct, 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.

Representative Experience

  • Successfully represented a large international company in a complex multi-pronged DOJ/SEC investigation. The matter was resolved with no charges or admission of wrongdoing.
  • Successfully represented an individual who was a “subject” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The matter was resolved with no charges being filed.
  • Successfully represented the former Stanford Sailing Coach in the highly publicized “Varsity Blues” DOJ prosecution. The client was one of only two defendants who received a sentence of no jail time.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in high-stakes settlement negotiations with the Department of Justice
  • Represented multiple cryptocurrency and blockchain technology companies in internal and SEC investigations
  • Successfully handled multiple internal FCPA investigations in Europe and Asia
  • Representing a Silicon Valley-based technology company that has developed an app utilized by large California cannabis companies
  • Advised a Fortune 500 company in its high-profile, cross-border investment in a Canadian marijuana company
  • Advising a fantasy sports business with respect to AML and BSA compliance
  • Involved in the efforts to recover $500 million of artwork stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990

Promotions

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.

Movers & Shakers

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.

Career Tracker: Lawyers on the Move

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.

OFAC Getting 'Worse and Worse' at Responding to Industry Sanctions Questions, Lawyer Says

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.

College-Admissions Mastermind Tried to Recruit Seven Stanford Coaches, School Says

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.

Looming Over the College Admissions Case: Will Parents Like Felicity Huffman Get Jail?

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.

2nd Circ.'s Seminal Rejection of FCPA Conviction Challenge

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.

Guilty verdicts may upend how City Hall works

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.

Why attorney for ex-Stanford coach who got no prison time in college scandal isn't surprised

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.

USA competent: Swedbank poorly out

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.

On campus, the fallout from the college admissions scandal

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.

Why Silver is taking a case he won to the Supreme Court

Law360 | July 30, 2017

Boston government investigations and white collar defense counsel Rob Fisher is quoted in this article about what may happen if  former New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver’s recent legal victory is reviewed by the Supreme Court.

Revolving-door roundup

Law360 | July 05, 2017

This article includes the arrival of Boston government investigations and white collar defense counsel Rob Fisher to Nixon Peabody.

Ex-Fed. prosecutor joins Nixon Peabody's Boston office

Law360 | June 18, 2017

This article focuses on the arrival of Boston government investigations and white collar defense counsel Rob Fisher to Nixon Peabody, highlighting his experience as a former federal prosecutor.

Round up: newly appointed gcs, growing litigation teams and other moves

Bloomberg Law: Big Law Business | June 18, 2017

This article includes the arrival of Boston government investigations and white collar defense counsel Rob Fisher to Nixon Peabody.

Evidence in Gardner Museum thefts that might bear DNA is missing

Boston Globe | June 11, 2017

Boston government investigations and white collar defense counsel Robert Fisher is quoted in this article discussing how modern-day forensic analysis could be the key in solving the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum art theft that took place 27 years ago.

Contact

Robert Fisher

Partner

Boston

Phone: 617-345-1335


Fax: 844-841-9492

Boston University School of Law, J.D.

Northeastern University, B.S., magna cum laude

Massachusetts

  • Department of Justice Director’s Award, Washington D.C., Superior Litigative Team Performance, 2016
  • OCDETF National Leadership Conference, Washington D.C., Outstanding Performance Award, 2009.
  • Massachusetts Attorney General, Attorney General James Shannon Award for Excellence, 2006.
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