Robert S. Hoff

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, 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 U.S. Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, 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 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 and roll band. He is also committed to pro bono appellate and trial work for indigent defendants.
 

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)