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 state assistant attorney general and federal prosecutor 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 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 and international violations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

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 agency 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 approach and prosecute cases.

Representative Experience

  • Representing an individual who is a “subject” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation
  • Representing a Fortune 100 company in high-stakes settlement negotiations with the Department of Justice
  • Representing a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology company in an internal and SEC investigation
  • Representing a large international company in an ongoing SEC investigation
  • Handling 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 cross-border investment in a Canadian marijuana company
  • Advising a fantasy sports business with respect to AML and BSA compliance that will be required once online sports betting is legalized
  • Involved in the efforts to recover $500 million of artwork stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990

USA competent: Swedbank poorly out

Dagens Industri (Sweden) | April 05, 2019

In this article translated from Swedish, Boston Government Investigations & White Collar Defense counsel Rob Fisher is quoted about an ongoing investigation regarding Swedbank’s contacts with Mossack Fonseca.

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

Law360 | July 31, 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 06, 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 19, 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 19, 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 12, 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.


Robert Fisher



Phone: 617-345-1335

Fax: 844-841-9492

Boston University School of Law, J.D.

Northeastern University, B.S., magna cum laude


  • Department of Justice Director’s Award, Washington D.C., Superior Litigative Team Performance, 2016
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