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Robert T. Watson
Lawyer
Miami
201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida 33131
+1 305 967 6132
Miami
201 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 1900
Miami, Florida 33131
+1 305 967 6132

Robert Watson is an experienced trial lawyer and investigator who represents corporations and individuals in white-collar criminal defense matters, regulatory enforcement actions and internal investigations. Mr. Watson speaks Spanish and Portuguese and focuses on representing clients in connection with matters related to Latin America. 

Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Mr. Watson served as a prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice (as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida). During his tenure there, he prosecuted a variety of cases, including those involving money laundering and currency structuring, investment fraud, wire fraud, health care fraud and large-scale international narcotics trafficking. He was involved in cross-border law enforcement cooperation, frequently working with foreign agents and prosecutors during criminal investigations and proceedings.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Watson practiced at Holland & Knight, where he focused on money laundering cases, commercial disputes and international arbitration.

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida

Education

  • Stanford Law School, JD
    (Stanford Technology Law Review, Director of Submissions and Editor; Stanford Journal of International Law, Editor)
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, BS (honors)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Fulbright scholar)

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Select Engagements

  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis.
  • Representation of a British Virgin Islands investment entity in asserting claims of US $30 million+ against several defendants and their principals related to a fraudulent film-financing scheme in an action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of the former chief financial officer of a publicly traded consumer products conglomerate charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with securities fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice relating to alleged accounting improprieties.
 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Inns of Court, Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter, Member
  • Cuban-American Bar Association, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association — South Florida Chapter, Executive Board Member
  • Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, Member
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Vice Chair and Member (2012-2015)
  • Fulbright Association, Member
  • “Criminal Oral Debating Skills Seminar”, Instructor (June 2016, State Prosecutor, Toluca, Mexico)

Publications & Presentations

  • Moderator, “Managing & Handling the Government Investigation” (Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference, Coral Gables, February 2017)
  • Instructor, “Taller Sobre el Juicio Criminal Oral” (Oral Criminal Trial Skills Workshop) (Procuraduría General de la República, Toluca, Mexico, June 2016)
  • Co-presenter, “La trayectoria de un caso criminal federal en los Estados Unidos” (The path of a federal criminal case in the United States) (Fiscalía Nacional del Perú, Lima, Peru, December 2015)
  • Speaker, “Keys to Perfecting the Winning Argument” (Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference, Miami, February 2015)
  • Moderator, “The Federal Grand Jury” Panel (Federal Bar Association, Miami, April 2014; U.S. Attorney’s Office, Miami, March 2014)

Credentials

Admissions

  • Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida

Education

  • Stanford Law School, JD
    (Stanford Technology Law Review, Director of Submissions and Editor; Stanford Journal of International Law, Editor)
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, BS (honors)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Fulbright scholar)

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Engagements

  • Under the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act of 2016 ("PROMESA"), service as independent investigator to the Special Investigation Committee of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico to perform a comprehensive review of the factors contributing to Puerto Rico's fiscal crisis.
  • Representation of a British Virgin Islands investment entity in asserting claims of US $30 million+ against several defendants and their principals related to a fraudulent film-financing scheme in an action pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
  • Representation of the former chief financial officer of a publicly traded consumer products conglomerate charged by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with securities fraud, bank fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice relating to alleged accounting improprieties.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Inns of Court, Spellman-Hoeveler Chapter, Member
  • Cuban-American Bar Association, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association — South Florida Chapter, Executive Board Member
  • Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies, Member
  • Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Vice Chair and Member (2012-2015)
  • Fulbright Association, Member
  • “Criminal Oral Debating Skills Seminar”, Instructor (June 2016, State Prosecutor, Toluca, Mexico)

Publications & Presentations

  • Moderator, “Managing & Handling the Government Investigation” (Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference, Coral Gables, February 2017)
  • Instructor, “Taller Sobre el Juicio Criminal Oral” (Oral Criminal Trial Skills Workshop) (Procuraduría General de la República, Toluca, Mexico, June 2016)
  • Co-presenter, “La trayectoria de un caso criminal federal en los Estados Unidos” (The path of a federal criminal case in the United States) (Fiscalía Nacional del Perú, Lima, Peru, December 2015)
  • Speaker, “Keys to Perfecting the Winning Argument” (Dade County Bar Association Bench & Bar Conference, Miami, February 2015)
  • Moderator, “The Federal Grand Jury” Panel (Federal Bar Association, Miami, April 2014; U.S. Attorney’s Office, Miami, March 2014)