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Rob Cary is a first-chair trial lawyer with a diverse practice. His three most recent trials were a civil bench trial in Chancery Court in Delaware, a criminal jury trial in federal court in Oregon, and a civil fraud jury trial in federal court in the District of Columbia.  The most recent edition of Chambers & Partners describes Rob as an “absolutely brilliant” lawyer, who “encompasses all of Williams & Connolly’s best attributes. He’s aggressive, he brings the fight, and he is really, really smart.”

In addition to trying cases, Rob has extensive experience settling class actions, representing companies and individuals in government investigations, and conducting investigations for audit committees of publicly traded companies. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Law Firm Defense Practice Group.

With client permission and encouragement, Rob wrote a book about the Stevens case. Bob Woodward of The Washington Post describes the book Not Guilty: The Unlawful Prosecution of U.S. Senator Ted Stevens as a “public service…a shocking, deeply sobering tale that every American worried about the concentration of power in the federal government should read and study.” Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project, describes it as a “riveting account from one of our country’s great lawyers.” Retired federal judge Nancy Gertner describes it as “an extraordinarily important book, a must read not only for lawyers, but federal judges.”

Rob, together with his colleagues Craig Singer and Simon Latcovich, has also authored Federal Criminal Discovery, the first book devoted entirely to the topic of discovery in federal criminal cases. A second edition was published in 2021. The American Bar Association describes the book as an “invaluable resource for judges, academics, prosecutors, and defense lawyers.”

Rob has represented clients in a number of high-stakes appeals. He has also represented clients in many criminal and civil investigations conducted by government agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and federal and state prosecutors.

Rob has been recognized as a leading lawyer in white collar crime and government investigations in the 2013-2021 editions of Chambers, and in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500; as a commercial litigation local “litigation star” in the 2012-2021 editions of Benchmark Litigation; as a “national star” in the 2015 and 2021 editions of Benchmark Litigation; as a “rising star” in commercial litigation in the 2012 edition of Chambers; as a leading lawyer in white collar criminal defense in the 2010-18 editions of The Best Lawyers in America; and as the Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year for Washington, D.C. in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  In 2011, The National Law Journal named Rob and Brendan Sullivan to its six-person list of the country’s “Most Influential Lawyers” in the area of white collar criminal defense.  In 2015, The National Law Journal named Rob one of its “White Collar Crime Trailblazers.” In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Rob is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. 


Updated Oct 2021