Robert J. Meyer is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and is a member of the Compliance & Enforcement Practice Group in Washington, D.C. He is nationally recognized for his experience conducting internal investigations and in government enforcement matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the False Claims Act, government ethics, accounting fraud, bribery, fraud and whistleblower allegations. As a former federal prosecutor with substantial trial experience, Bob is frequently called upon to defend criminal and civil enforcement matters involving all of these subject matter areas.
Willkie’s FCPA practice group has been named by Law360 as an “FCPA Powerhouse." Chambers USA ranks Bob as a leading individual practicing in the FCPA field in the United States, stating, "He is very calm, has a lot of authority and doesn't get overly inflammatory, but rather takes a thoughtful, measured approach in his work.” He is also recognized in the field of Criminal Defense: White Collar in The Best Lawyers in America (2017). Bob is co-author of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Compliance, Investigations and Enforcement, a comprehensive treatise covering all aspects of the FCPA.
Bob practiced as a federal prosecutor for more than 10 years at several levels of the federal justice system. He participated in several high-profile prosecutions and investigations of public officials with the U.S. Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia. While practicing with the Department of Justice, Bob supervised two highly publicized presidential investigations. He also obtained convictions of public officials in several states - including personnel in two offices of the U.S. Attorney, state legislators, and an FBI agent - for crimes including extortion, bribery, and embezzlement.
While in law school at the University of Virginia, Bob served as a Notes Editor on the Virginia Law Review. Immediately after law school, Bob served as a law clerk to the Hon. George E. MacKinnon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Prior to joining Willkie, he was a partner at Foley & Lardner.
Bob frequently lectures on corporate compliance, conducting internal investigations, and responding to search warrants, subpoenas and government inquiries. Bob’s other publications include "Charitable Donations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act," Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Reporter (July 2005); "Disclosure Requirements under the FCPA," Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Reporter (July 2005).