Robert B. Buehler
Partner, New York
As a partner in the white collar and investigations practice, Bob Buehler represents institutions and individuals in complex civil and criminal matters. Bob has substantial experience in representing clients in connection with investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the New York Attorney General's Office, among other government agencies.
In February 1995, Bob became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. During his 11-year tenure at the U.S. Attorney's Office, Bob participated in a wide variety of significant investigations and successful prosecutions of numerous criminal violations, including racketeering, money laundering, securities fraud, bank fraud, tax evasion, and healthcare fraud. Bob handled more than a dozen jury trials, as well as several arguments to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
In 2001, Bob became Chief of the General Crimes Unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office and, in 2002, he was named Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime & Terrorism Unit, becoming the Chief of the Unit the following year. As Chief of the Organized Crime & Terrorism Unit, Bob supervised more than 20 prosecutors and oversaw a variety of terrorism financing, money laundering, and financial fraud investigations and prosecutions. In addition, among other matters, while Chief of the Organized Crime & Terrorism Unit, Bob supervised or personally handled the investigation of the United Nations' Oil-for-Food Program; the investigation and prosecution of the successful attempt to fix the figure skating competitions at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City by high-ranking members of Russian Organized Crime; the prosecution of John A. Gotti, the former acting boss of the Gambino Organized Crime Family, as well as many other significant organized crime figures; the prosecution of the leaders of various labor unions in the New York City area; and the investigation and prosecution of numerous terrorism matters, including the attempted murder of a prison guard in Manhattan by members of al Qaeda. For several years, Bob was also the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Coordinator in the Southern District of New York, in which capacity he worked with a variety of different federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Bob served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas P. Griesa, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. He also spent several years in private practice.