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Robert Fisher



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 served as an Assistant United States Attorney for almost a decade and during that time handled some of the federal district’s most complex and high-profile white-collar fraud cases. He has received numerous awards for his work as a federal prosecutor including the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award. Rob was recently retained as an expert witness in the management and defense of government and regulatory investigations 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.

What do you focus on?

I utilize my experience as a former federal prosecutor and state assistant attorney general to represent companies, boards of directors, and individuals in internal investigations or enforcement actions by any of the various 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 and Internal Investigations

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 prosecutor provides me a unique perspective when assisting my clients with government investigations and regulatory matters, including subpoenas by federal or state agencies, internal corporate investigations, criminal and civil enforcement proceedings, 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, insider trading, 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 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 investigations or 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 international public company that was the target of a SEC, COVID-19 fraud investigation. The matter was resolved with no action taken against the company.
  • 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 a securities broker who was barred from FINRA.  After a successful appeal to the SEC the broker’s bar was rescinded.
  • 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.
  • Currently representing two former CEOs charged in the “Varsity Blues” DOJ prosecution.
  • Successfully assisted a U.S. based company fully recover funds from a Hong Kong bank that had been stolen as a result of an international cyber scam.
  • Represented a Fortune 100 company in high-stakes settlement negotiations with the Department of Justice.
  • Currently representing an international medical device manufacturer in a multi-pronged DOJ/FBI/FDA investigation.
  • Successfully represented one of the country’s largest real estate companies in an investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
  • 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 cannabis technology company in a DOJ and SEC joint investigation.
  • Advised a Fortune 500 company in its high-profile, cross-border investment in a Canadian marijuana company.
  • Advising multiple cannabis businesses and a fantasy sports business with respect to AML and BSA compliance.
  • Successfully represented a lawyer before the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers regarding a wire fraud investigation. The BBO declined to issue a reprimand.
  • Involved in the efforts to recover $500 million of artwork stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

Eaze exec tells jury he helped fool banks on pot biz billing

Law360 | March 02, 2021

This article, on the trial of two men accused of tricking banks into approving marijuana-related transactions for delivery service Eaze Technologies, covers Tuesday’s testimony by an Eaze executive under an immunity agreement. The story mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and associate Scott Seitz for representing the Eaze executive in the case, which could have profound consequences for the U.S. marijuana industry.

Indicted MIT professor wants feds sanctioned for press remarks

Law360 | February 04, 2021

This article covers a motion to sanction the Boston U.S. Attorney for making misleading statements to the press, in violation of local rules, in the case of an MIT professor facing fraud charges for not disclosing information from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant. The story mentions Boston partners Rob Fisher and Brian Kelly, and associates Brianna Nassif and Scott Seitz, all of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group, for representing the MIT professor.

Law firm forms practice group to tackle state AG probes

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | February 04, 2021

This feature article on the formation of NP’s State Attorneys General team quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partners Bill Codinha and Rob Fisher throughout the story on the team’s work both in Massachusetts and across the country. The article also quotes Litigation chair Scott O’Connell and mentions the team’s co-leaders, Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Erica Buckley and Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Travis Hill, both in New York City.

Wake up call

Bloomberg Law | February 01, 2021

The launch of the firm’s State Attorneys General practice team is included in this roundup of notable legal news. The team is led by New York Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Erica Buckley; New York partner Travis Hill and Boston partners Bill Codinha and Rob Fisher, of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group.

Russian hack brings changes, uncertainty to US court system

Associated Press | January 31, 2021

This article, covering new U.S. court rules for highly sensitive documents as a result of a Russian hacking campaign, quotes Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and mentions his representation of an MIT professor facing fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Names Anthony Karefa Rogers-Wright as Director of Environmental Justice

New York Law Journal | January 28, 2021

The launch of the firm’s State Attorneys General practice team is included in this roundup article of notable legal news. The team is led by New York Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Erica Buckley; New York partner Travis Hill and Boston partners Bill Codinha and Rob Fisher, of the Government Investigations & White Collar Defense group.

MIT Profs Back Colleague Facing 'Flawed' Fraud Charges

Law360 | January 22, 2021

This article covers a letter signed by more than 100 MIT faculty members in support of MIT professor Gang Chen, who faces fraud charges for not disclosing information from various entities in China when applying for a U.S. Department of Energy grant. The letter calls the investigation of Prof. Chen “deeply flawed“ with &ldquomisleading“ assertions in the charges. The article mentions Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partners Rob Fisher and Brian Kelly, and associates Scott Seitz and Brianna Nassif for representing Prof. Chen.

MIT Professor Charged with Fraud in Chinese Trade Secret Theft Case

The Well News | January 15, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

MIT Professor Accused of Fraudulently Getting Federal Grants-Failed to Disclose Contracts in China

The Boston Globe | January 14, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

U.S. Accuses MIT Professor of Hiding Extensive China Ties in Federal Grant Application

The Wall Street Journal | January 14, 2021

The following article, covers an MIT professor who faces fraud charges for not disclosing contracts, appointments, and awards from various entities in China when applying for a Department of Energy grant, quote Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher, who is defending the professor.

No Worker's Comp for Medical Marijuana, SJC Rules

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | November 04, 2020

This article, covering the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision that a workers’ comp insurer could not be required to reimburse for medical marijuana expenses, quotes Cannabis practice co-leader and Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher on the issue of forcing an industry to get involved in something that’s illegal at the federal level.

SEC: Actual Notice Is Needed to Bar Broker

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | September 24, 2020

This article covers the work of Boston Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense partner Rob Fisher and associate Scott Seitz in getting the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to drop a lifetime ban for their client, after convincing the SEC that further proceedings were required. The story quotes both Rob and Scott.

Lori Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, to be sentenced Friday in college admissions scandal

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.

Why was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence overturned?

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.

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.

Rob Fisher talks to Good Morning America

ABC News | September 14, 2019

Boston Government Investigations and White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher, who represents former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, talked to Good Morning America about the latest developments in 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.

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, University Honors Program

Massachusetts

  • Department of Justice Director’s Award, Washington DC, Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, 2016
  • DOJ/OCDETF National Leadership Conference, Washington DC, Outstanding Performance Award, 2009.
  • Massachusetts Attorney General, Attorney General James Shannon Award for Excellence, 2006.
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