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Robert S. Bennett

Washington, D.C.
New York

Robert S. Bennett
+1 202 637 6464 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 5828 (New York)
+1 202 637 5910 (Washington, D.C.)
+1 212 918 3100 (New York)

Robert S. Bennett is a former federal prosecutor and a leading member of the defense bar. Bob is renowned in his field as an exceptional trial lawyer who has handled numerous high-profile cases and has represented corporations and individuals, including corporate directors and officers, in criminal, civil, SEC enforcement, and congressional matters. Bob has been listed repeatedly in various publications as one of the nation's most influential and successful litigators.

Bob regularly represents large companies in high-profile criminal investigations and complex civil actions, such as Enron, HealthSouth, KPMG, and BNP Paribas.

He also represents individuals in high-profile matters and has successfully represented two former Secretaries of Defense, Clark Clifford (Democrat) and Caspar Weinberger (Republican). He was President Clinton's personal lawyer in the Paula Jones case, and he represented New York Times reporter Judith Miller in the CIA leak investigation.

His robust background includes representing clients before congressional committees. In 1981 and 1982, he served as a legal consultant to the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations regarding the appointment of Alexander M. Haig, Jr. as Secretary of State, and he has served as special counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Ethics in several major investigations.

Bob advises management, audit committees, and boards of directors on Sarbanes-Oxley matters, and he assists boards and audit committees in conducting internal investigations.

Bob has co-chaired several American Bar Association National Institute programs on the defense of corporations and their officers in parallel grand jury and administrative agency investigations. He has also written and lectured on complex criminal and civil matters, and crisis management issues.


"Robert Bennett is held out as a go-to practitioner for corporations and individuals facing major criminal and civil cases. One interviewee describes him as 'one of the sharpest strategic thinkers I have ever worked with,' adding 'When you bring him in a case, you know you are going to have the highest credibility with the DOJ.'"

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Representative Experience

Advised on creation and structuring of corporate privacy office and implementation of data governance structure for Fortune 25 healthcare business.

Counsel for large publicly traded business in negotiation and documentation of multibillion dollar healthcare joint venture.

Advise publicly traded healthcare business on multipronged response to several large data incidents.

Primary and long-term outside privacy counsel to Fortune 50 healthcare business.

Advise large healthcare provider on structuring and documenting innovative arrangement involving genetic data.

Privacy outside counsel to Fortune 50 healthcare services provider on numerous Mergers & Acquisitions.

Representation of Enron in criminal investigation by the Justice Department's Enron Task Force.

Representation of KPMG in criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

Representation of President William Clinton in civil lawsuit brought by Paula Jones.

Representation of Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in prosecution by independent counsel.

Representation of New York Times reporter Judith Miller in investigation of CIA leak.

Representation of HealthSouth in criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

Education and admissions


  • LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1965
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1964
  • B.A., Georgetown University, 1961


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Montana
  • New York
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • Supreme Court of Montana
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Montana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court


White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2011-2013; Leading Lawyer, 2011-2013

Legal 500 US


Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations

Chambers USA


Best Lawyers in America


NLJ: 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

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