Robert J. Anello has litigated in the federal and state courts for more than thirty years. He focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, complex civil litigation, internal investigations and reviews, and appeals. Bob also is widely recognized for his dedication to organizations serving the legal community. He currently serves as President of the Federal Bar Council, as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and as a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the New York State Bar Foundation.
Bob has been named a leading lawyer by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in the area of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, has been recognized in White Collar Criminal Defense by The Legal 500 United States: The Clients' Guide to the US Legal Profession, and has been recognized as a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. The Who's Who Legal 100 Guide has described Bob as, "thoroughly committed to his clients ... with a 'gold standard reputation'" and The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers has noted that Bob is, "considered by peers to be 'utterly brilliant.'"
His white collar practice involves representing defendants charged with a wide range of business crimes, regulatory and tax violations, and civil frauds. His clients include individuals and public and private companies such as financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, defense contractors, and law firms. In addition to his trial and appellate work, Bob specializes in pretrial representation, internal investigations, and representation of professionals before ethics and licensing boards. He has acted as independent, outside counsel to Deloitte & Touche LLP and Morgan Stanley in connection with those firms' participation in SEC Look-Back Programs, which have included reviews of the firms' internal compliance programs.
Bob is an author of the White Collar Crime column for the New York Law Journal as well as a frequent contributor to numerous other publications and a speaker on topics in the area of white collar criminal law, securities law, professional ethics, and trial tactics. He is also a regular contributor to The Insider Blog on Forbes.com.
In addition to his role as President of the Federal Bar Council, he also has served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, is the past chair of the Association's Committee on Professional Responsibility and a past member of the Association's Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, the Criminal Courts Committee, and the Judicial Committee. 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 New York State Bar Association's House of Delegates. In addition, Bob is a member of numerous bar associations including the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, (member, Professional Responsibility Committee) the Securities Industry Association, the American Bar Association's Forfeiture Section, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. Bob is also a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Organ Donor Network, a member of its Executive Committee, and Chairman of its Audit Committee.