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Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C.
NEW YORK, NY 10017
United States

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Robert J. Anello has litigated in the federal and state courts for more than thirty years. He focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities regulatory enforcement matters, complex civil litigation, internal investigations and reviews, and appeals. Bob is widely recognized for his skills as a criminal and civil trial attorney, his ability to negotiate effectively on behalf of his clients, and his efficiency and discretion in conducting investigations and reviews on behalf of a wide variety of institutions. He has acted as independent, outside counsel in a number of matters including to a Big Four accounting firm and a major global financial institution in connection with those firms’ participation in SEC Look-Back Programs, which have included reviews of the firms’ internal compliance programs. In addition to his trial and appellate work, Bob specializes in pretrial representation, internal investigations, and representation of professionals before ethics and licensing boards.


Partner, Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC, 1988.


Bob is President Emeritus of the Federal Bar Council, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, and the New York State Bar Foundation.He was a member of the Nominating Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association’s House of Delegates, and the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the Appellate Division, First Department. Bob currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Supreme Court Historical Society. He is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Bob is a member of numerous bar associations, including the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Professional Responsibility Committee, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association. He formerly served as the Chairman of the Audit Committee for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Association’s Committee on Professional Responsibility. Bob is a past member of the Association’s Committee on Professional and Judicial Ethics, the Criminal Courts Committee, and the Judicial Committee. He also was named as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Ad Hoc Committee on Multi-disciplinary Practice and the Ad Hoc Committee Task Force on the Role of Lawyers in Corporate Governance. Bob is a member and secretary of the Foundation of the New York Organ Donor Network and former Chairman of the organization’s Audit Committee.


Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Staff Editor and Notes and Comments Editor, Syracuse Law Review), 1980; SUNY – Albany (B.A.), 1977.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. is a New York-based boutique best known for individual representations, although it also handles significant matters for a variety of corporates. In one key matter, Robert Anello is representing a Venezuelan energy company and its co-founder in connection with an FCPA investigation by the DOJ and several US attorneys’ offices. Alongside Jodi Misher Peikin, he is representing an investment adviser in an SEC and Labor investigation relating to alleged violations of fiduciary duty obligations. In another highlight, Jonathan Sack is representing an individual in a matter relating to the transfer of Facebook data to Cambridge Analytica. Elkan Abramowitz and Judith Mogul are representing the New York Governor’s Office in an investigation and prosecutions in the Southern District of New York relating to charges of bribery and fraud against one of the Governor’s former aides and state contractor, as well as lobbying and potential conflicts of interest in the Buffalo Billion project. Other names to note include Benjamin FischerLawrence Iason and Catherine Foti.

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation - defense

Litigation boutique Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. in New York has a long history of acting in complex white-collar, securities enforcement and regulatory matters, as well as complex business disputes. Edward Spiro and Elkan Abramowitz played roles in one of the most high-profile cases of recent years, having represented the former CEO of Petrobras in a securities class action relating to an alleged bid-rigging and bribery scheme. Spiro and Lawrence Bader were involved in one of the key cases in the life sciences sector last year, having represented former officers and directors of pharmaceutical company Merck & Co in derivative litigation arising from an alleged delay in publishing disappointing clinical trial results. Also recommended are Robert Anello, who acted for an individual in Madoff-related litigation, and Judith Mogul.