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Nossaman LLP

Robert M. Adler

Partner

T 202.887.1428
F 202.785.4047
1666 K Street, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006

Robert Adler has four decades experience as a litigator, specializing in complex litigation and white collar defense.  He has tried numerous cases in federal courts and has represented clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings.  Mr. Adler also has represented clients in a wide array of civil and white-collar criminal litigation matters, including tax fraud, money laundering, embargo violations, and cases involving complex structured transactions.  Recently, he has represented clients involved in the non-reporting to the IRS of offshore accounts and their earnings.

Mr. Adler has a specialized practice representing Indian tribes pursuing casino development and economic diversification. 

Prior to joining Nossaman, Mr. Adler served in the Criminal Tax Section of the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department and later as a civil trial attorney in that Division. He was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School where he taught a number of courses including a course in the Masters Degree program in taxation.  He is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Adler contributes his comments and insights on court decisions and news impacting privacy, cybersecurity, and data protection law to the Privacy Law Report blog.

Representative Work

  • Cybersecurity.  Represents the CIO of a federal agency in connection with investigations relating to reports of "major" data breaches to Congress.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  Represented the FDIC in dealing with professional liability litigation resulting from a failed financial institution.  He also represented the FDIC in commercial litigation resulting from a bank failure.
  • Smithsonian Institution.  Served as lead counsel for the Smithsonian in dealing with numerous issues arising from the indictment of its scientist charged with participating in a Smithsonian sponsored hunting trip to China where animals, protected by the Endangered Species Act, were killed.
  • United States v. Arsalan Shemirani. Represented the Defendant on charges of conspiring to illegally export electronic components from the United States to Iran.
  • United States v. Michael Holland.  Successfully represented Michael Holland, an employee of Clark Material Handling Company.  Holland was acquitted of criminal charges of knowingly participating in the export of spare fork lift parts to Iran.
  • Parmalat related litigation.  Assisted in the representation of a former Bank of America (Milan office) employee in the defense of criminal charges brought in Parma, Italy related to the Parmalat bankruptcy. The client was acquitted on related charges following a lengthy trial in Milan.
  • United States v. Tyson Foods, et al.  Successfully defended Gerald Lankford, a former director of human resources at Tyson Foods, in a seven week criminal trial brought against Tyson Foods and a number of its employees for allegedly hiring workers known to be undocumented immigrants.  The National Law Journal named the acquittal the biggest defense win of the year. 
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) v. American Pipe Lining, Inc., et al.  Successfully served as lead counsel for American Pipe Lining in a large breach of contract action.  Obtained a large settlement for the defendant from the primary insurance carrier which had refused to defend against the action.
  • St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. Lead Washington, D.C. counsel for Wisconsin Indian tribe seeking Bureau of Indian Affairs approval for a proposed casino in Beloit, Wisconsin.  Work included all aspects of the project since its inception, including; issues involving local jurisdictions, NEPA matters (preparation of an environmental impact statement) and issues arising out of the National Historic Preservation Act. Previously served as lead counsel for the St. Croix Tribe in its successful opposition to a proposed casino in Hudson, Wisconsin.  
  • Robert L. White – various disputes with National Archives.   Represented the owner of the largest private collection of John F. Kennedy memorabilia (originally owned by JFK's assistant, Evelyn Lincoln) in a multi year dispute with the National Archives over ownership issues.  The high-profile controversy, covered by leading national media outlets, ended with two separate settlements; one with the National Archives and another with Caroline and John F. Kennedy Jr.  More recently he represented the owner (in resolving the claims of the National Archives) of an original copy of the audiotape made of the cockpit recordings from Air Force One as it returned from Love Field to Andrews Air Force following JFK's assassination.

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Named a Washington, DC "Super Lawyer" in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar by Washington Lawyer magazine, 2014-2016.
 

Teaching

Co-teaching Intensive Seminar Course: Cross-Border Litigation in an Applied Context (Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Winter 2017)

Robert M. Adler
Robert M. Adler

Practices

Education

J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1968

B.A., Oberlin College, 1965

Admissions

District of Columbia

Florida

Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Claims Court (D.C.)

U.S. District Court and Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

Professional Affiliations

Chairman, Stuart Stiller Memorial Foundation, Georgetown University Law School (1979-1991)

Awards & Honors

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Named a Washington, DC "Super Lawyer" in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar by Washington Lawyer magazine, 2014-2016.
 

Teaching

Co-teaching Intensive Seminar Course: Cross-Border Litigation in an Applied Context (Schulich School of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Winter 2017)

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