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Robert L. Boone

Robert L. Boone, a former federal prosecutor and accomplished trial lawyer, represents companies, boards and individuals in complex litigation and investigations. He recently returned to WilmerHale after spending nearly a decade as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York. While at the SDNY, Mr. Boone served as a senior member of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force and the Public Corruption Unit, leading some of the office’s most high-profile trials and investigations of recent years.

During his time in the SDNY, Mr. Boone investigated and prosecuted a wide range of financial and corruption-related crimes, including securities, accounting, and other financial fraud, insider trading, bribery, and extortion. The significant investigations and prosecutions he led include those against the former CEO of a publicly traded company for a $100 million accounting fraud; a former top aide to then–New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for bribery and wire fraud; a former State University of New York president for participating in a bid-rigging scheme; NCAA basketball coaches and athlete advisors for bribery and wire fraud; celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti for extortion; and a former Wall Street trader for orchestrating a $20 million Ponzi scheme. Mr. Boone ultimately tried twelve cases to verdict at the SDNY and briefed and argued numerous appeals before the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was honored with several awards for his service, including the Federal Prosecutor of the Year Award from the US Department of Homeland Security’s New York Office and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.

Before joining the SDNY, Mr. Boone was a litigation associate at WilmerHale. Prior to that role, he practiced at another international law firm and was a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Recognition

  • Federal Prosecutor of the Year Award from the US Department of Homeland Security’s New York Office and the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, 2007

      Editor-in-Chief, California Law Review
    • BA, Political Science, Howard University, 2004

      summa cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
  • Admissions

    • New York

    • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York

    • US District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Damon J. Keith, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2007 - 2008

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