Robert S. Hoff

Partner

Robert S. Hoff
Partner
offices Stamford
New York
phone 203-363-7626
fax203-363-7676
emailrhoff@wiggin.com
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Biography

Known for practical, cost-effective advice—whether it's to fight for a trial victory or seize an early, advantageous resolution—Robert is dedicated to aggressively representing companies and individuals in complex government investigations and commercial litigations. A Partner in the firm's White Collar Defense, Internal Investigations and Corporate Compliance Practice Group as well as the firm's Litigation Department, Robert also co-chairs the Auditor and Accountant Liability Defense Practice Group.

Robert represents individuals and corporations in civil and criminal matters before entities such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and state Attorneys General. Client matters have involved auditor malpractice, insider trading, subprime mortgages and mortgage-backed securities, stock options backdating, bribery, and securities fraud, among others. Robert has also conducted numerous internal investigations.

He recently

  • Led an internal investigation involving a nonprofit agency that had been the victim of embezzlement. Robert secured a complete insurance recovery for his client and steered the client through a federal investigation.
  • Won an arbitration for an investment advisor whose departing partner challenged his compensation.
  • Has worked closely on numerous aspects of national litigations and investigations involving a pharmaceutical company and opioids.
  • Successfully defended a Big Four auditor from PCAOB charges of improper documentation practices.

In addition to his white collar work, Robert represents individuals and companies, including major accounting firms, banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions, in diverse civil litigations in federal and state courts. He leads the firm's eDiscovery and Electronic Data Practice Group, which provides clients with comprehensive eDiscovery services at reasonable cost.

Robert graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Prince Merit Scholar and an associate editor at the Brooklyn Law Review. He was also a member of the moot court team that won first prize in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. Robert received his B.A. in political science from Binghamton University.

Following law school, Robert clerked for the Honorable Robert J. Ward in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Robert worked at a large international law firm, where he practiced in the areas of securities litigation, commercial litigation, and white collar defense and investigations.

Robert has served on the boards of local charities and his synagogue and plays drums for a traveling rock n' roll band. He is also committed to pro bono appellate and trial work for indigent defendants.

Advisories

12.09.2016The U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Scope of "Personal Benefit" Under Insider Trading Law
01.28.2016The U.S. Supreme Court May Address the Scope of "Personal Benefit" Under Insider Trading Law
11.23.2015Applying the "Common Legal Interest" Privilege In the Context of a Financial Transaction
04.07.2014What You And Your Acquaintances Say Can Hurt You: Affirmance of Gupta Conviction Offers Lessons on Insider Trading Investigations
09.06.2013Second Circuit Limits Criminal Prosecution of Securities Fraud
06.28.2013Second Circuit Affirms Raj Rajaratnam Conviction; Addresses Important Issues of Law Regarding Wiretap Applications and Insider Trading Elements

Published Works

09.29.2016Insider Trading Cases Since 'Newman'Connecticut Law Tribune
04.25.2016Individuals Face New Challeneges Following Yates MemoNew York Law Journal
03.01.2016Insider Trading Showdown: "Personal Benefit" to be Tested at the U.S. Supreme CourtAmerican Bar Association
02.09.2015The Gift of 'Newman'New York Law Journal
04.08.2013Privilege Issues Arising in Prosecutions, InvestigationsNew York Law Journal
03.26.2012Defending Audit-Malpractice Cases: The Audit-Interference RuleAmerican Bar Association Section of Litigation, Winter 2012,
Vol. 8, No. 1
03.30.2011When To "Reasonably Anticipate" A Government InvestigationABA Spring 2011 Criminal Litigation Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 3
03.14.2007Recent Government Scrutiny of In-House CounselConnecticut Lawyer February 2007
11.06.2006Internal Investigations: Hewlett-Packard's LessonsNew York Law Journal

offices Stamford
New York
phone 203-363-7626
fax203-363-7676
emailrhoff@wiggin.com
view LinkedIn profile

PRACTICE GROUPS

EDUCATION

  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1999, magna cum laude
  • Binghamton University, State University of New York, B.A., 1995

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Connecticut
  • New York

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US District Court (District of Connecticut)
  • US District Court (Southern District of New York)


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