Robert J. Meyer

Partner

Washington
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
1875 K Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-1238
T 202 303 1123
F 202 303 2123
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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, government ethics, accounting fraud, false claims, 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,” and Bob himself is recognized by Chambers USA (2016) among the leading individuals practicing in the FCPA field in the United States. 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.

Highlights

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, government ethics, accounting fraud, false claims, 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,” and Bob himself is recognized by Chambers USA (2016) among the leading individuals practicing in the FCPA field in the United States. 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.

Selected Significant Matters

  • Conducted internal investigation of allegations of federal procurement fraud and accounting irregularities for publicly traded government contractor.
  • Conducted accounting fraud internal investigation for wholly-owned government corporation.
  • Represented audit committee in independent investigation of alleged FCPA violations and accounting fraud.
  • Successfully defended a former Chief Financial Officer in lawsuit brought by Securities and Exchange Commission alleging violations of the antibribery, books and records, and internal controls provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
  • Represented a major health care provider in Department of Justice investigation alleging fraudulent Medicare billing for investigational devices (no charges brought) and qui tam litigation under the False Claim Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act claims against a multinational company in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in which plaintiffs alleged defendant company’s complicity in human rights violations.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of publicly traded company on Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower and Title VII discrimination claims brought by former senior vice president.

Prior Experience

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.

Selected Professional and Business Activities

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).

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