Jerry Robinette - Nixon Peabody LLP

Jerry Robinette

Jerry Robinette is a member of the Cross-Border Risks team. Formerly, Jerry was the special agent in charge for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Antonio, Texas.

What do you focus on?

In my role as the special agent in charge, I led one of the largest and most active HSI offices in the country. Addressing my mandate of National Security through border security, we focused on cross-border crimes involving the illegal transportation of commercial cargo, illicit narcotics, weapons, currency, and human smuggling. To achieve these results, my offices formed many working alliances with foreign governments to address the international nature of these crimes.

Leveraging my post-retirement experience at JPMorgan Chase in the Compliance department, I have extensive experience in anti–money laundering, focusing on counter-terrorist financing and violations of the Bank Secrecy Act. During my federal career I was assigned to ICE/U.S. Customs Service Headquarters in Washington, DC, serving as the unit chief for financial investigations, ICE’s liaison to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), assistant director of ICE’s Money Laundering Coordination Center and executive deputy director for Customs’ Terrorist Financing Unit.

In my current role, I advise and counsel a wide range of corporations and individuals in state and federal investigations. Additionally, I focus on complex civil and criminal matters involving government investigations and white collar criminal defense.

What do you see on the horizon?

As governmental agencies and businesses increase their access to domestic and international data, social media, and readily available unchecked open source material, the use of this information can have a dire impact on a client’s future. Bank accounts, visas, and employment, are but a few of the areas that rely on this data to support decisions. Unfortunately, determining what information led to a client’s adverse decision can be an exhaustive challenge, much less the efforts to update or correct inaccurate information. Our team can work with clients to identify possible indicators or areas where they are vulnerable and identify a strategy to minimize or mitigate possible further exposure or risks.

Nixon Peabody adds ex-ICE director amid white collar swoon

Bloomberg Law | September 04, 2019

This article highlights the arrival of Washington DC Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner John Sandweg, a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

John comes to NP after leading his own boutique firm, Frontier Solutions. He joins NP along with five team members: counsel Rachel Winkler, associate Catherine Ingram Hunstad, legal assistant Tracey Ford, and investigative directors Jerry Robinette and Miguel Unzueta. John and his five colleagues will spearhead our firm’s new Cross-Border Risks team.

This article also quotes Washington DC Government Investigations and White Collar Defense partner Adam Tarosky on current trends in False Claims Act prosecutions.


Jerry Robinette

Investigative Director

Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8314

Fax: 202-585-8080

University of Florida, B.A.

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