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Robert Michael Appleton

New York
(212) 259-7300


State Court Bar Admission
New York Pending
Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Courts- Connecticut
Southern and Eastern District of New York


Government Enforcement
Government and Regulatory
Government Advocacy
Export Controls and Sanctions
Government Investigations
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Bribery, Corruption and FCPA
Investigation, White Collar and Fraud
Securities and Enforcement
Global Disputes
False Claims Act/QUI Tam Whistleblower
Russia Practice
Africa Practice
EU Practice
International Arbitration
Middle East Practice
Public International Law
White Collar Investigations


Connecticut Bar Association; criminal law practice group


J.D. with magna cum laude from Western New England College School of Law



Robert Appleton is one of the world's leading international anti-corruption and anti-fraud compliance and investigations experts, having served in many lead enforcement, chief compliance, and international legal roles for more than 25 years.

After clerking for U.S. District Court Judge T. Emmet Clarie in 1990, Robert served for more than 14 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Appleton held several senior roles in the Department, leading numerous high profile corruption, international money laundering, terrorist financing, complex fraud and racketeering cases - acting as lead or sole counsel in more than 30 jury trials, and handling more than 20 appeals before the U.S. Circuit of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Appleton led the DOJ's export controls, OFAC, National Security and trade prosecutions; served as lead counsel in one of the largest international money laundering cases; lead counsel in the first major prosecution of an terrorist financier; and lead counsel in one of the largest accounting fraud cases brought by DOJ, as well as several public corruption, international arms, and national racketeering cases.

Upon leaving the Department in 2005, Robert has served in a number of leading roles in anti-corruption compliance as well as leading complex internal investigations, including: in 2005-06, Robert served as U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker's Special Counsel and then Chief Investigations Counsel in the Independent Investigation into the UN Iraqi Oil for Food Programme (Volcker Committee), in response to the world's largest bribery scheme, and then between 2006-2009 as the UN's first Anti Corruption Chairman leading a division of more than 50 international investigators and forensic experts in more than 300 investigations in more than 100 countries.

Between 2010 and 2014 Robert served as Chief Compliance Counsel and Director of Investigations in the Inspector General's Office at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria; and then as Chief Compliance Officer at the International Rescue Committee. Mr. Appleton has led numerous internal investigations in high profile matters, engaged by corporations, governments and senior corporate officials to guide them in government investigations and prosecutions.Mr. Appleton now leads CKR's Government Enforcement and White Collar Investigations Practice Group.




Reflections on the Yates Memo, By Robert Appleton, Ethikos, November/December 2017.

FBI expanded presence in Brazil in 2014, before "lava-jet" operation becomes famous By Marcos de Vasconcellos, Conjur.com, February 2018. (Robert Appleton Quoted)

The 5 Critical Considerations: What To Do When an Allegation of a FCPA Violation Is Raised Within Your Company By Robert Appleton, The Network, 2015.

Reflections on the Yates Memo, By Robert Appleton, The Ethical Boardroom, Fall 2015.

Does Voluntary Disclosure Make More Sense After Goodyear? By Robert Appleton, Law360, March 4, 2015.

Financial Sanctions: Recent cases, Trends and Holding Banking Executives Personally Liable For Compliance Failures, By Robert Appleton, Day Pitney LLP, March 3, 2015.

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