ROBERT GOLD

Partner
 
Litigation

EXPERIENCE:

Bob Gold is a partner in the New York office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on the trial of civil and criminal cases, complex commercial litigation, and internal and government agency investigations. With more than 40 years of trial experience as a federal prosecutor and civil and criminal litigator, Bob has represented individuals and businesses in a wide array of matters in the United States and abroad.

Earlier in his career, Bob served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he was a member of the Official Corruption and Securities Fraud Units. Subsequently, Bob was a member of Shea & Gould, Gold & Wachtel, McDermott Will and Emery, and DLA Piper. Bob also has been a principal in private equity firms specializing in crisis management, liquidations, and turnarounds, and he has served as managing general partner for various investment partnerships.

MOST RECENT SIGNIFICANT TRIAL VICTORY:
  • Defeat of Ronald Perelman's Attempted Hostile Takeover of Hudson News
    Estate of Claudia Cohen v. Cohen, C-134-08 (Chancery Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey)
    From 2008 through 2010, Bob successfully defended Robert Cohen (chairman of the board and former CEO of Hudson News) against claims brought by Ronald Perelman (as the executor of the Estate of Claudia Cohen) seeking to seize control of Hudson News. In August 2009, following a nine-week trial, Bob obtained dismissal of all claims brought by Perelman, and in April 2010, following a two-week trial, Bob won a $13 million judgment against Perelman on Cohen's counterclaims. In August 2010, Bob obtained a $2 million sanction award against Perelman's counsel, the largest award ever ordered by a New Jersey state court for the commencement of frivolous litigation.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT LITIGATION MATTERS:
  • In re Syntax-Brillian, (Bankr. D. Del. 08-11407 (BLS)) —- Served as counsel to the Delaware Bankruptcy Court in connection with an investigation into allegations that Syntax-Brillian management had misdirected approximately $140 million in company assets in connection with procurements for the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
  • United States v. Kerik, (S.D.N.Y. 2009) — Represented a leading New York real estate developer in connection with the investigation and prosecution of Bernard Kerik, a former nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush and a former New York City Police Commissioner under Mayor Rudolph Guiliani.
  • SEC v. KL Group, (S.D. Fla. 2006) Led the successful defense of a prominent attorney in a joint SEC-U.S. Attorney's Office investigation into the collapse of KL Group hedge funds — the largest hedge fund fraud in Florida history.
  • Donald C. Carter v. Reznick, Fedder & Silverman, (Sup. Ct. N.Y.Co., 2005) — Served as lead counsel for successful plaintiffs in a fraud case against a national practice accounting firm arising from the collapse of The Shooting Gallery, the leading independent film producer in the U.S.
  • U.S. v. Skeddle, 940 F. Supp. 1146 (N.D. Ohio 1996), 940 F. Supp. 1153 (N.D. Ohio 1996), 981 F.Supp. 1069 (N.D. Ohio, 1997) — Served as lead defense counsel for the CEO of Libby-Owens-Ford (the largest U.S. glass manufacturer) on charges of mail and wire fraud and money laundering; won jury verdict of acquittal on all counts.
  • International Minerals and Resources, et al. v. Pappas, 761 F. Supp. 1068 (S.D.N.Y. 1991); rev'd 96 F.3d 586 (2d Cir. 1996); 96 F.3d 586 (2d. Cir. 1996) — Served as lead trial counsel for plaintiff Swiss corporation in a tortious interference action against a Greek shipping company arising from the attempted purchase of an iron ore freighter that had run aground in Venezuela. Pre-trial proceedings entailed extensive foreign legal proceedings pursuant to letters rogatory for the taking of foreign testimony, including a "mini-trial" in the British High Court of Justice. At trial, in the S.D.N.Y. before the Hon. Harold Baer, Jr., the jury ultimately awarded damages of $57 million.
  • U.S. v. Steven Hoffenberg, 1995 W.L. 10840 (S.D.N.Y. 1995) — Served as chief counsel for court-appointed Chapter 11 trustee investigating the looting and eventual collapse of Towers Financial Corporation, as well as securities frauds committed during the attempted hostile takeovers of Emery Air Freight and Pan Am.
  • Frank Perdue v. Empire Kosher Chicken, (E.D.N.Y. 1993) — Served as lead trial counsel for Empire Kosher (owned by Leon Black and the Apollo Group) in this trademark infringement injunction action arising out of Empire's advertising campaign throughout New York City claiming ". . . it takes an even tougher man to make a kosher chicken."
  • Impeachment of Fernando Collor de Melo, President of Brazil, (1993) — Served as chief U.S. counsel (co-counsel to Jacques Wittmer, Esq., senior partner at Switzerland's largest law firm) for President Fernando Collar de Melo and co-defendant Paulo Caesar Farias in connection with a corruption trial and related proceedings involving the looting of Brazilian treasury of more than $1 billion.
  • Crown v. Maxwell, (United Kingdom, 1992) — Represented Robert Maxwell's daughter, Ghislaine, in a $2.6 billion fraud investigation and the prosecution of her brothers, Kevin and Ian, following Maxwell's death and the collapse of his worldwide financial empire (including The Mirror Group and Bishopsgate Holdings).
  • U.S. v. Telemit, (S.D.N.Y. 1992) — Served as chief U.S. defense counsel for German aerospace company charged with weapons trafficking with Iran while it was on the U.S. embargo list.
  • U.S. v. Spira, 1990 W.L. 138963 (S.D.N.Y. 1990) — Represented George Steinbrenner in connection with bribery and extortion charges relating to the Dave Winfield Foundation; also represented Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees before Major League Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, who was seeking to impose on Steinbrenner a lifetime ban from major league baseball for allegedly violating the "Best Interests of Baseball" rule. Spira ultimately was convicted of blackmailing Steinbrenner, who then was able to retain majority ownership of the New York Yankees. These events are detailed in Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden (Harper Collins, 2010).
  • U.S. v. Norby Walters, 704 F. Supp. 844 (N.D. Ill. 1989), rev'd 997 F.2d 1219 (7th Cir. 1993) — Served as lead trial defense counsel in this highly publicized federal mail fraud prosecution of a leading sports agent for bribing NFL draftees in violation of NCAA rules. The federal trial followed an earlier state court trial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which was prosecuted by Donald Seigelman, then attorney general and future governor of Alabama. Walters' federal conviction ultimately was reversed by the Seventh Circuit, and the indictment was dismissed. Both cases are detailed in Playing for Keeps by Chris Mortensen (Simon & Schuster, 1991).
  • Triton Energy and Trenk Development Corp. v. Aero Services and Dibo Attar, et al., C/A No. 88-3492, 88-3624 (E.D. La. 1988) — Served as lead trial counsel for successful plaintiffs in the hostile takeover of Aero Services.
  • Iran-Contra Investigation, (100th Congress, 1st Session; D.D.C.) (1987) — Represented Swiss private banking interests before the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate Covert Arms Transactions with Iran and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition, and in connection with a grand jury investigation by Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh.
EDUCATION:
  • J.D., Cornell Law School, 1971
  • M.B.A., Cornell University, 1971
  • B.A., Economics, Columbia University, 1967
ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
  • Advisory Board Member, Atlantic Legal Foundation
  • Member, Board of Trustees, The Mentor Foundation
  • Member, The Economic Club of New York
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member, New York Council of Defense Lawyers
  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Member, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation
  • Member, International Bar Association, Tax Section
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
HONORS:
  • Honored in the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of Super Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 editions of Who's Who in America
  • Recognized in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Who's Who in American Law
  • Recognized in the 2012 edition of Biltmore Who's Who
SELECT PUBLICATIONS:
  • "Did Your Company Commit A Crime? – What to Do When Someone Says So," 2 Arthur Andersen Counsel to Counsel 1, January/February 1992
  • "A Tribute to Gray Thoron," Cornell Law Review, 73 Cornell Law Review 1, November 1987
ARTICLES AND BOOKS FEATURING ROBERT GOLD:
  • Bill Madden, Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, Harper Collins, 2010
  • James Bandler, "How Ronald Perelman Met His Match," Fortune, January 8, 2010
  • Chris Mortensen, Playing for Keeps: How One Man Kept the Mob from Sinking Its Hooks into Pro Football, Simon & Schuster, 1991
ADMISSIONS:
  • Bar of the District of Columbia
  • State Bar of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Contact Information

1301 Avenue of the Americas
40th Floor
New York, NY 10019
Phone | 212-497-7770
Fax | 212-999-5899

Email | Robert Goldrgold@wsgr.com

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