Robert A. Alessi Chairs the firm’s Crisis Management, Investigations & Constitutional Law Practice Group and is a Partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. His diverse practice has encompassed litigation and arbitration at the pretrial, trial and appellate stages across the nation in myriad practice areas, including, among others, constitutional issues; securities fraud class actions and derivative lawsuits; proxy contests; insurance and insurance brokerage (including errors and omissions claims); employment restrictive covenants; defamation; contract disputes; and business torts.
In addition, Bob has conducted internal corporate investigations and defended a wide variety of investigations commenced by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other governmental and quasi-governmental agencies into, among other conduct, alleged accounting fraud; securities law violations; misuse of retail vendor allowances; insider-trading; and fraudulent and abusive sales practices involving healthcare companies.
Another significant aspect of Bob’s practice is providing prophylactic guidance to clients. He has counseled numerous boards of directors, committees thereof and company executives in connection with various matters, including corporate governance; disclosure requirements under the securities laws; the drafting and implementation of internal policies and compliance programs; and the retention and management of companies’ confidential information.
After graduating summa cum laude from Stony Brook University, Bob graduated as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Bob practiced law as a partner in the New York City office of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP.
Since 2009, Bob has also served as an Adjunct Professor in Stony Brook University’s Department of Political Science, where he has taught various courses, including The Erosion of Civil Liberties & Privacy Rights; Federal Government Power: Constitutional, Legal & Political Constraints; Introduction to Civil Procedure; Introduction to Torts; Pretrial, Trial & Appellate Practice; and Securities Regulation, Enforcement & Litigation. In 2011, Bob received the Department’s Frank Meyers Excellence in Teaching Award.