Robert J. Kipnees Partner

New YorkNew Jersey
T 973.597.6220 | F 973.597.6221

When corporations or individuals face government investigation, criminal charges, or civil suits with potentially devastating financial consequences, they turn to Rob for trusted advice and tireless, effective advocacy.

Ranked by Chambers USA as one of New Jersey’s top white collar criminal defense lawyers, Rob has decades of experience at trial and in appellate courts at both the state and federal levels. Always ready to offer defense in the courtroom, he works closely with clients to achieve resolution short of trial whenever possible.

Rob’s practice encompasses the various aspects of white collar criminal law, from fraud to criminal antitrust, insurance fraud, criminal tax, securities fraud, and corruption cases, including potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also handles civil tax matters; ERISA matters; securities matters; and civil fraud, civil RICO, and money laundering matters, which often have criminal components.

Outside his practice, Rob has devoted considerable time to legal education. He taught white collar criminal defense as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School for 19 years. He has written seven editions of the Criminal Trial Practice textbook for the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), and he lectures frequently on criminal matters for NJICLE and the New York City Bar Association.

He is particularly proud of his experience routinely handling sophisticated appeals on a pro bono basis for the New Jersey Public Defender’s Appellate Section.

Representative Engagements

Obtained a reversal of a multi-million dollar jury verdict arising from a 10-day trial on just compensation in an eminent domain case on behalf of the Borough of Saddle River. The New Jersey Supreme Court ultimately agreed with our position, and reversed the lower courts' decisions and remanded the case for a new trial.
Represents an international engineering firm in connection with Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and criminal and civil False Claims Act allegations.
Represents, and has represented, numerous investment advisors in connection with government investigations.
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Other Distinctions

  • Chambers USA—America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2017) – Consistently recognized in the white collar crime & government investigations section, clients praise Rob for his “keen sense of the many facets” of a matter and his ability to focus “on the relevant issues at all times.” They say that they "would highly recommend him;" and that he is "an exemplary attorney: very smart, thorough, analytical and conscientious."

  • Super Lawyers (2009–2017)

  • United States Department of Justice Special Achievement Award

Speaking Engagements

  • Presentation, “NJ Criminal Trial Practice,” New York City Bar’s “New Jersey Bridge-The-Gap: Satisfy the Mandatory 15 Credits and More, December 7, 2016

  • Presentation, ”NJ Criminal Trial Practice,” New York City Bar Association’s 16 Hour New Jersey Bridge-the-Gap: Satisfy the Mandatory 15 Credits & More, January 31, 2014

  • Presentation, ”NJ Criminal Trial Practice,” New York City Bar Association’s 16 Hour New Jersey Bridge-the-Gap: Satisfy the Mandatory 15 Credits & More, February 1, 2013


U.S. Supreme Court Reaffirms Insider Trading Rules, Casting Doubt on Continued Utility of Second Circuit’s Newman Decision
White Collar Criminal Defense Client Alert, December 7, 2016
Robert Kipnees, Michael Kaplan
FinCEN Proposes Anti-Money Laundering Protocols for Investment Advisers
Investment Management Client Alert, November 4, 2015
Scott Moss, Robert Kipnees, Sarah Gore
IRS Announces Revisions to Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program
Client Alert, June 20, 2014
Robert Kipnees
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Press Mentions

In CNN MoneyRobert Kipnees comments on the pending sentencing of a former pharmaceutical executive convicted of two counts of fraud and one count of conspiracy for misleading investors in hedge funds. , CNN Money , September 14, 2017
In PoliticoRobert Kipnees comments on concerns and opportunities presented by the IRS’s major changes to its offshore voluntary disclosure programs. , Politico , June 20, 2014
Robert J. Kipnees comments in The New York Times on how first- and second-generation Americans are coming under scrutiny by the IRs to declare accounts in their home countries. , The New York Times , April 5, 2013
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Related Areas

Business Litigation
Corporate Investigations & Integrity
Life Sciences
Securities Litigation
White Collar Criminal Defense


Harvard Law School ( J.D. , 1980 ) , cum laude
Cornell University ( B.A. , 1977 ) , cum laude, with distinction

Bar Admissions

New York
New Jersey

Court Admissions

1981 , U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
1981 , U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
1981 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
1985 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
1992 , U.S. Supreme Court
1995 , U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
2000 , U.S. Tax Court
2011 , U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


  • American Bar Association
    • Sections of Litigation and Criminal Justice
  • Association of the Bar of the State of New York
  • The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (Criminal Law Section)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers