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Robert S. Bennett
Partner, Washington, D.C., New York
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Robert S. Bennett is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C. and New York offices and is a member of the Investigations, White Collar and Fraud practice group. He is a former federal prosecutor and a leading member of the defense bar since 1971. 

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 directors and officers, in criminal, civil, SEC enforcement, and congressional matters for the past 35 years. Bob has been listed repeatedly in various publications as one of the nation's most influential and successful litigators.

In addition to the representation of Enron, his other recent corporate representations include HealthSouth in connection with a criminal investigation being conducted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama, and KPMG, where Bob was lead counsel in a tax shelter investigation conducted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. For the past several years, he has represented a major international foreign corporation in a large Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matter.

Bob successfully represented two former Secretaries of Defense, Clark Clifford (Democrat) and Caspar Weinberger (Republican). His extensive experience includes representing clients before congressional committees; Bob has served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate's Select Committee on Ethics in several major investigations. He was President Clinton's personal attorney in the Paula Jones case, and most recently, he represented Judith Miller in the CIA leak investigation. In 1981 and 1982, he served as a legal consultant to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the appointment of Alexander M. Haig, Jr. as Secretary of State and served as Special Counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Ethics.

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 also has written and lectured on complex criminal and civil matters and crisis management issues.

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE
  • Represented Enron in connection with a criminal investigation being conducted by the United States Department of Justice.*
  • Represented HealthSouth in connection with a criminal investigation being conducted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama.*
  • Lead counsel in a tax shelter investigation of KPMG conducted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.*
  • For several years, represented a major international foreign corporation in a large Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matter.*
  • Successfully represented two former Secretaries of Defense, Clark Clifford (Democrat) and Caspar Weinberger (Republican).*
  • President Clinton's personal attorney in the Paula Jones case.*

* Matter handled prior to joining our legal practice.

Hogan Lovells Publications
January 2014 "Global Bribery and Corruption Review 2013.", Hogan Lovells

15 November 2012 "Top seven things you need to know about the new DOJ/SEC FCPA Guide." Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud Alert, Hogan Lovells

29 November 2011 "The Long Reach of American Criminal Law: Why the United States Government Might Be Targeting Your Industry, Your Business and, Perhaps, Your Freedom."

07 May 2010 "New Amendments to Sentencing Guidelines May Help Reduce Sanctions for Corporate Wrongdoing." SEC Update, Hogan Lovells

04 May 2010 "The United States Sentencing Commission Proposes New Amendments to the Organizational Guidelines." Litigation Alert, Hogan Lovells

Published Works
2013 "From Regulation to Prosecution to Cooperation: Trends in Corporate White Collar Crime Enforcement and the Evolving Role of the White Collar Criminal Defense Attorney." The Business Lawyer, (Co-authored by Robert S. Bennett, Hilary Holt LoCicero, & Brooks M. Hanner)

October 2009 "Worldwide Reach." The European Lawyer, Issue 90, Polyview Media

March 2010 "Targeting Business and Freedom." The European Lawyer, Polyview Media

PUBLISHED WORKS PRIOR TO JOINING THE FIRM
2008
"In the Ring: The Trials of a Washington Lawyer," Crown Publishers/Random House Inc.

March 2007
"Recent DOJ and SEC Settlements Illustrate the Importance of Anti-Corruption Compliance in the Context of Acquisition Transactions." The M&A Lawyer, Thomson West

November 2006
"Internal Investigations and the Defense of Corporations in the Sarbanes-Oxley Era." The Business Lawyer, American Bar Association

PRACTICES
Litigation and Arbitration
Investigations, White Collar and Fraud
Securities Litigation and Enforcement
Bribery, Corruption and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Investigations
AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Accounting Fraud
  • Civil and Criminal Enforcement
  • Civil False Claims Act
  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Congressional Investigations
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • SEC Enforcement
EDUCATION
LL.M., Harvard Law School, 1965 J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1964 B.A., Georgetown University, 1961
MEMBERSHIPS
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
AWARDS / RANKINGS
  • Legal 500 US, White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2011-2013; Leading Lawyer, 2011-2013
  • Chambers USA: Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2010-2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • NLJ: 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America
BAR ADMISSIONS / QUALIFICATIONS District of Columbia Virginia New York Montana
COURT ADMISSIONS U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Court of Federal Claims U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit U.S. District Court, District of Columbia 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. District Court, District of Montana Supreme Court of Montana Supreme Court of Virginia