Robert J Giuffra, Jr is a Partner of Sullivan & Cromwell's Litigation Group. He serves as Vice Chair and a member of the Firm's Management Committee.
A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Bob has advised on many of the most high-stakes litigation matters of the past two decades. Bob has represented prominent corporations and individuals in their most challenging civil and criminal cases, including at jury and bench trials, and on appeal in federal and state courts around the United States, before arbitration panels, and in government investigations. He regularly advises senior executives and boards of directors in internal governance matters.
Bob is currently National Coordinating Counsel for Volkswagen in its diesel-related matters and is lead counsel to Fiat Chrysler in its emissions issues. He has defended leading financial institutions in litigation and government investigations arising out of the financial crisis, Enron's bankruptcy, the restructuring of MBIA, the accounting fraud at HealthSouth Corporation, and specialist trading on the New York Stock Exchange. He has represented many of the world's leading financial institutions, including Bank of America, The Bank of New York, Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wachovia. His corporate clients have included Biovail, Boeing, Cablevision, Computer Associates, DISH Network, Enbridge, Exxon, Grupo Mexico, Kinross, Kohl's, McKesson, Porsche, Tenaris and UnitedHealth Group. He has also represented the Republic of Argentina, Société Nautique de Genève, the two-time defender of the America's Cup sailing trophy and the New York Giants and Jets NFL teams.
Bob has served in all three branches of the U.S. Government. In addition to his judicial clerkships, he served as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs 1995-1996 and was a primary drafter of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as well as in the White House. He has also been appointed by governors of both political parties to serve in New York State government, including on the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, New York State Ethics Commission and, while at Sullivan & Cromwell, as a Special Assistant District Attorney, County of New York.
Bob has been a leader of the Bar. In 2017, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed him to serve on the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the U.S. Courts. He has served as President of The Federal Bar Council, on the New York State-Federal Judicial Council, the New York State Commercial Division Advisory Council, the Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the SDNY, New York's Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, Commission to Reimagine the Future of New York's Courts and the New York Commission on Attorney Discipline.