Robert S. Mahler - Foster Pepper PLLC
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Robert S. Mahler

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Bob has more than 30 years of experience and his practice emphasizes white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, regulatory defense, and complex civil litigation. He has represented clients in a wide variety of matters, including civil fraud claims brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, criminal investigations and claims before the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section, criminal antitrust litigation, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, and allegations of criminal environmental contamination. Additionally, Bob has handled and tried tort claims and complex civil litigation matters. His clients regularly include business entities as well as directors, chief executives, and other officers of public and closely held companies.

Additional Information

Experience —    Represented prominent real estate company in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation relating to allegations of price fixing at mortgage foreclosure auctions. Following defense investigation, Justice Department declined to file charges.
  • Conducted corporate internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to DOJ relating to allegations of overbilling by government contractor. Matter concluded by simple repayment without finding of civil or criminal liability.
  • Represented Chairman of the Board and CEO of financial conglomerate in civil fraud lawsuit by the SEC and related criminal investigation by the Fraud Section of the DOJ Criminal Division following the company’s $2.3 billion collapse. Civil lawsuit alleged client’s personal responsibility for $600 million fraud. Civil case settled without admission of liability for $150,000. The Justice Department declined prosecution and the criminal investigation was dropped.*
  • Represented Manager of International Business Development for multinational corporation in criminal antitrust investigation by the Criminal Enforcement Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. The Justice Department declined prosecution against Bob’s client and the criminal investigation was dropped.*
  • Court Admissions — U.S. District Court
    • Western District of Washington
    • Northern District of California
    • Eastern District of North Carolina
    • Middle District of North Carolina
    • Western District of North Carolina
    • Eastern District of Michigan

    Washington State Supreme Court

    U.S. Court of Appeals

    • 10th Circuit
    • 9th Circuit
    • 4th Circuit

    U.S. Supreme Court

    University of Michigan University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel HillJ.D. 1981
    Washington Death Penalty Assistance CenterAmerican Bar AssociationNational Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

    Client Comments

    "Bob Mahler is a wonderful lawyer. "

    Office Location

    1111 Third Avenue, Suite 3000
    Seattle, WA 98101-3292
    United States

    Lawyer of the Year Awards

    2016 Lawyer of the Year in Criminal Defense: White-Collar of the Seattle Metro Area
    Robert S. Mahler has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

    Practice Areas

    Criminal Defense: White-Collar