Robert Giuffra is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's Litigation Group. He is a member of the Firm's Management Committee, with overall responsibility for the Litigation practice, and is head of the Securities Litigation practice.
Bob represents prominent corporations and individuals in their most challenging civil and criminal cases, including at trials, on appeal in federal and state courts around the United States, before arbitration panels, and in investigations involving the SEC, DOJ, bank regulators, Congress, the IRS, and State Attorneys General.
Bob is National Coordinating Counsel for Volkswagen in connection with its recent diesel emissions issues. He has also participated in actions arising from the financial crisis, the bankruptcy of Enron, the accounting fraud at HealthSouth Corporation, and specialist trading on the NYSE. He has represented many of the world's leading financial institutions, professional sports teams, a major university, CEOs, lawyers and senior government officials. Many of his most important matters are resolved without public attention.
Bob has served in all three branches of government. He joined the Firm after serving as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Ralph Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1989. In addition, Bob was the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs from 1995 to 1996. He was a primary drafter of the PSLRA of 1995. He also served in the White House.
He has been appointed by governors of both political parties to serve in New York State (NYS) Government. From 2007 to 2009, he was a member of the NYS Commission on Public Integrity. From 1998 to 2007, he served as a Commissioner of the NYS Ethics Commission. While at S&C, he also was a Special Assistant District Attorney.
Bob is a leader of the Bar, having served on The Federal Bar Council, the NYS-Federal Judicial Council, the NYS Commercial Division Advisory Council, the Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the SDNY, the New York County Commercial Division Advisory Committee, the New York Commission on Attorney Discipline, New York's Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, the Executive Committee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, and the Board of Editors of The New York Law Journal. He served on Chief Judge Lippman's Task Force on Commercial Litigation in the 21st Century and the Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning and Program Committee. He is Vice Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law, a Director of the Alliance for Downtown New York and Downtown Lower Manhattan Association, a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission, and Chairman of the American Swiss Foundation.