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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Robert Anello is distinguished by his stellar reputation for complex enforcement proceedings, securities fraud cases and internal investigations.

Biography

Robert J Anello has litigated in the federal and state courts for more than 30 years. He focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defence; securities and regulatory enforcement matters; complex civil litigation; internal investigations and reviews; and employment discrimination and sexual harassment. Bob is widely recognised for his skills as a criminal and civil trial and appellate attorney; his ability to negotiate effectively on behalf of his clients; and his efficiency and discretion in conducting investigations and reviews on behalf of a wide variety of institutions. He has acted as independent/outside counsel and consultant in a number of matters, such as advising a Big Four accounting firm and a major global financial institution in connection with their participation in SEC look-back programmes, which have included reviews of the firms’ internal compliance programmes. Bob is president emeritus of the Federal Bar Council; and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, and the New York State Bar Foundation.

Bob’s achievements have been recognised by his clients and peers. He was honoured with a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing; and mamed a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the area of litigation: white-collar crime and government investigations. The guide describes Bob as “a heavy hitter” and “someone you want to call when the stakes are really high”. Bob has been recognised for white-collar criminal defence and securities litigation by The Legal 500 United States; and identified as a “litigation star” for white-collar crime/enforcement/investigations, and labour and employment, by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. Bob has also been recognised in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. WWL has described Bob as “thoroughly committed to his clients ... with a ‘gold-standard reputation’”. Both WWL: Investigations and WWL: Business Crime Defence have recognised Bob as a leading defence lawyer, noting that he “‘stands out’ for his ‘first class’ litigation skills” and is “considered by peers to be ‘utterly brilliant’”.

His white-collar practice involves representing defendants charged in a wide range of business crimes; FCPA investigations; regulatory and tax violations; and civil frauds. His clients include individuals and public and private companies such as financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, defence contractors and law firms. In addition to his trial and appellate work, Bob specialises in pretrial representation, internal investigations, and representation of professionals before ethics and licensing boards. Recently, Bob advised the supervisory board of VimpelCom in one of the largest FCPA investigations in US history.

Bob is a co-author of the two-volume treatise White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses (revised edition, 2019); and an author of the white-collar crime column for the New York Law Journal. He is a frequent contributor to numerous other publications, and a speaker on topics in the areas of white-collar criminal law, securities law, professional ethics and trial tactics. Bob is a regular contributor to The Insider Blog on Forbes.com. He also serves on the litigation advisory board of Bloomberg BNA.

Bob also is widely known for his dedication to organisations serving the legal community. He has been appointed by the Supreme Court, appellate division, first department, as chairperson of the attorney grievance committee. Bob is the former chairman of the audit committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and was a member of the Association’s nominating committee. He also is the former chairman of the Association’s committee on professional responsibility and was a member of many of its committees, including the professional ethics, criminal courts and judicial committees. Bob also was named as a member of the Association’s ad hoc committee on multi-disciplinary practice and the ad hoc committee task force on the role of lawyers in corporate governance. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; the New York Council of Defense Lawyers; the American Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association, where he was a member of the Association’s House of Delegates; and the International Bar Association. Bob also serves on the board of trustees of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a member and secretary of the Foundation of the New York Organ Donor Network; and former chairman of the organisation’s audit committee.

Bob was educated at Syracuse University (JD, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; notes and comments editor of the Syracuse Law Review) and SUNY Albany (BA).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Robert Anello is an "excellent trial lawyer" with three decades of experience defending corporates in white-collar disputes.

Biography

Robert J Anello has litigated in the federal and state courts for more than 30 years. He focuses his practice on white-collar criminal defence; securities and regulatory enforcement matters; complex civil litigation; internal investigations and reviews; and employment discrimination and sexual harassment. Bob is widely recognised for his skills as a criminal and civil trial and appellate attorney; his ability to negotiate effectively on behalf of his clients; and his efficiency and discretion in conducting investigations and reviews on behalf of a wide variety of institutions. He has acted as independent/outside counsel and consultant in a number of matters, such as advising a Big Four accounting firm and a major global financial institution in connection with their participation in SEC look-back programmes, which have included reviews of the firms’ internal compliance programmes. Bob is president emeritus of the Federal Bar Council; and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, and the New York State Bar Foundation.

Bob’s achievements have been recognised by his clients and peers. He was honoured with a Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing; and mamed a leading lawyer by Chambers USA in the area of litigation: white-collar crime and government investigations. The guide describes Bob as “a heavy hitter” and “someone you want to call when the stakes are really high”. Bob has been recognised for white-collar criminal defence and securities litigation by The Legal 500 United States; and identified as a “litigation star” for white-collar crime/enforcement/investigations, and labour and employment, by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. Bob has also been recognised in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers. WWL has described Bob as “thoroughly committed to his clients ... with a ‘gold-standard reputation’”. Both WWL: Investigations and WWL: Business Crime Defence have recognised Bob as a leading defence lawyer, noting that he “‘stands out’ for his ‘first class’ litigation skills” and is “considered by peers to be ‘utterly brilliant’”.

His white-collar practice involves representing defendants charged in a wide range of business crimes; FCPA investigations; regulatory and tax violations; and civil frauds. His clients include individuals and public and private companies such as financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, defence contractors and law firms. In addition to his trial and appellate work, Bob specialises in pretrial representation, internal investigations, and representation of professionals before ethics and licensing boards. Recently, Bob advised the supervisory board of VimpelCom in one of the largest FCPA investigations in US history.

Bob is a co-author of the two-volume treatise White Collar Crime: Business and Regulatory Offenses (revised edition, 2019); and an author of the white-collar crime column for the New York Law Journal. He is a frequent contributor to numerous other publications, and a speaker on topics in the areas of white-collar criminal law, securities law, professional ethics and trial tactics. Bob is a regular contributor to The Insider Blog on Forbes.com. He also serves on the litigation advisory board of Bloomberg BNA.

Bob also is widely known for his dedication to organisations serving the legal community. He has been appointed by the Supreme Court, appellate division, first department, as chairperson of the attorney grievance committee. Bob is the former chairman of the audit committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; and was a member of the Association’s nominating committee. He also is the former chairman of the Association’s committee on professional responsibility and was a member of many of its committees, including the professional ethics, criminal courts and judicial committees. Bob also was named as a member of the Association’s ad hoc committee on multi-disciplinary practice and the ad hoc committee task force on the role of lawyers in corporate governance. He is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; the New York Council of Defense Lawyers; the American Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association, where he was a member of the Association’s House of Delegates; and the International Bar Association. Bob also serves on the board of trustees of the Supreme Court Historical Society. He is a member and secretary of the Foundation of the New York Organ Donor Network; and former chairman of the organisation’s audit committee.

Bob was educated at Syracuse University (JD, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; notes and comments editor of the Syracuse Law Review) and SUNY Albany (BA).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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