Robert A. Alessi

Partner

212.701.3307 Phone
212.378.2138 Fax
ralessi@cahill.com

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
80 Pine Street
New York, NY 10005-1702vCard

Practices

Education

  • Stony Brook University, B.A., 1979, summa cum laude
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1982, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar

Admission

  • New York

Robert A. Alessi is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP's litigation practice group.

Robert has successfully litigated and counseled clients in connection with a large number of securities, corporate governance, employment, antitrust, contract and other matters in a variety of industries and professions, including accounting, insurance, manufacturing, food, retail, technology, venture capital, investment banking, healthcare, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, staffing services, oil and gas, and financial services. He represents clients at the pretrial, trial and appellate stages of litigation (before courts, arbitration panels and other tribunals) and in investigatory matters in jurisdictions across the United States.

Bob has successfully litigated at the trial court and appellate levels in numerous federal and state securities fraud class actions, shareholder derivative lawsuits and other securities-related actions on behalf of companies and/or their directors and officers throughout the United States.

Bob has been called upon by a variety of companies, Audit Committees and Boards of Directors to conduct internal investigations into a wide range of accounting, insider trading and other corporate activity. He also represents clients in connection with investigations and litigation commenced by myriad government agencies and bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Office of the Inspector General, State Attorneys General, the New York Stock Exchange, the NASD, the Chicago Board of Options Exchange and Congress. Bob regularly advises Boards of Directors and Audit and other Committees on corporate governance issues, investigations and litigation matters.

Bob has litigated and advised clients in connection with a variety of employment-related matters in various jurisdictions, including matters arising from claims alleging employment discrimination, breach of restrictive covenants, breach of fiduciary duty and claims arising from alleged whistleblower activities.

He has litigated a wide spectrum of large, complex cases, including class action lawsuits and multidistrict litigations alleging antitrust, RICO, securities and other claims, product liability cases, professional partnership disputes, fraud actions and contract cases. 

Bob has written and lectured on various securities law issues, corporate investigations and corporate governance matters. Such presentations and publications include the following:

  • Panel member, “Corporate Investigations: A Balancing Act,” at the AICPA National Conference on Fraud (Phoenix, Arizona; September 2004).
  • Member, “Sarbanes-Oxley Panel,” at the AICPA National Conference on Fraud (Miami, Florida; October 2003).
  • Memorandum and presentation, “Conducting the Internal Corporate Investigation,” at the Food Marketing Institute’s 2003 Legal Conference (Asheville, North Carolina; May 2003).
  • “The Emerging Judicial Hostility to the Typical Damages Model Employed by Plaintiffs in Securities Class Action Lawsuits,” published in The Business Lawyer (February 2001).

Bob is currently admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court; the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third and Eleventh Circuits; the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and Western District of New York; and all New York State Courts.

Bob became a partner in 1990.