Bob Westinghouse’s practice consists of white collar criminal defense, grand jury investigations, internal investigations, qui tam litigation, and complex civil litigation. Bob is an experienced trial lawyer. As a former federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice for more than 37 years, Bob has a wealth of experience in the courtroom, successfully trying bank fraud, tax fraud, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud, securities fraud, and government program fraud cases, many of which were multiple weeks in length. For the last six years of his career, Bob led the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Seattle as the Criminal Chief. In addition, Bob also has significant experience as an appellate practitioner, having briefed and argued a number of cases, including a successful en banc argument, before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
After a one-year appellate clerkship, Bob’s career as a trial lawyer began in the San Mateo County (California) District Attorney’s Office, where he tried many felony and misdemeanor cases as a young deputy prosecutor. In 1974, Bob moved to the United States Attorney’s Office in Seattle, where he gravitated to white collar cases. During his tenure as a federal prosecutor, he personally handled or directly managed many of the most important and complex criminal investigations in that office. Bob served as lead counsel in the successful prosecutions of those responsible for a multi-million dollar derivative’s scheme and the promoters of heavily- marketed tax avoidance scam. Bob also directed investigations focusing upon cases involving billing fraud by defense contractors and health care providers. His work resulted in global resolutions consisting of large monetary recoveries and, in many instances, individual or corporate criminal convictions.
As the Criminal Chief, Bob was responsible for overseeing all of the criminal investigations and prosecutions in the office. Bob utilized a “hands-on” management style as he monitored the work of approximately 50 prosecutors in such diverse areas as conspiracy, cyber crime, corruption, environmental crime, Export Control Act, money laundering, and asset forfeiture. Bob was nationally recognized for his experience and knowledge of federal criminal law. He served on the Department of Justice Criminal Chief’s Working Group, providing guidance and direction on Criminal Division policy matters at the national level. Bob also lectured regularly at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Columbia, South Carolina. Before assuming his role as Criminal Chief, Bob served as Senior Litigation Counsel. He also served for almost 20 years as the supervisor of the Fraud and Asset Forfeiture (Complex Crimes) Unit.
At the firm, Bob joins forces with another experienced former prosecutor and colleague, Carl Blackstone, to provide the highest quality of legal representation to clients who are facing government investigations or who seek internal investigations. Their practice includes experience successfully representing clients with FCPA and SEC investigations.