Robert J. Meyer is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and is a member of the Investigations & 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 (2023) and Chambers Global (2024) rank Bob as a leading individual practicing in the FCPA field in the United States, highlighting that clients describe him as “a phenomenal FCPA expert and experienced former prosecutor who knows the law and the practice of FCPA consummately.” He is also recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his experience in the field of Criminal Defense: White-Collar.


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. Mr. Meyer's publications include co-authoring the treatise, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Compliance, Investigations, and Enforcement.

  • Represented international telecommunications company in matter before The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency.

  • 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.

  • Successfully defended government contractor in criminal False Claims Act case. 

  • 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.



University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1985 Boston University, M.A., 1982 Boston University, B.A., 1982

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MacKinnon, George E., United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, 1985-1986