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Robert "Bob" J. McGahan

Robert "Bob" J. McGahan

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101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Suite 900
Washington, D.C., 20001
Pacific Gateway
19191 South Vermont Avenue
Suite 900
Torrance, CA 90502
robert.mcgahan@nelsonmullins.com
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Bob focuses on representing heavily regulated business entities and their executives, employees and directors in government enforcement, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and high-exposure civil litigation matters. Representing clients in financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals, and higher education, Bob is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, and for nearly 30 years has...

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Bob focuses on representing heavily regulated business entities and their executives, employees and directors in government enforcement, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and high-exposure civil litigation matters. Representing clients in financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals, and higher education, Bob is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, and for nearly 30 years has successfully represented “C-suite” executives and Fortune 50 companies in some of the most prominent enforcement and litigation matters throughout the country. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and was a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention, one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest recognitions for excellence in service.

A senior in-house lawyer at two of the world’s largest financial institutions, Bob has led and managed large teams of legal professionals responding to investigations and litigation involving sales practices; mortgage origination, servicing, and securitization; fair lending; the False Claims Act; commercial lending; foreign exchange and derivatives; auto financing; credit card; student lending; intellectual property; and commercial real estate, among others. He has routinely engaged with enforcement and supervisory staff at numerous federal and state agencies including, but not limited to,  the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Federal Reserve Board; the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Prior to entering law school, Bob served in the United States Army as an M1A1 tank platoon leader and tank company executive officer in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Robert "Bob" J. McGahan

successfully represented “C-suite” executives and Fortune 50 companies in some of the most prominent enforcement and litigation matters throughout the country. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and was a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention, one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest recognitions for excellence in service.

A senior in-house lawyer at two of the world’s largest financial institutions, Bob has led and managed large teams of legal professionals responding to investigations and litigation involving sales practices; mortgage origination, servicing, and securitization; fair lending; the False Claims Act; commercial lending; foreign exchange and derivatives; auto financing; credit card; student lending; intellectual property; and commercial real estate, among others. He has routinely engaged with enforcement and supervisory staff at numerous federal and state agencies including, but not limited to,  the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Federal Reserve Board; the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Prior to entering law school, Bob served in the United States Army as an M1A1 tank platoon leader and tank company executive officer in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Bob focuses on representing heavily regulated business entities and their executives, employees and directors in government enforcement, internal investigations, white collar criminal defense, and high-exposure civil litigation matters. Representing clients in financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals, and higher education, Bob is a former federal prosecutor and experienced trial lawyer, and for nearly 30 years has... successfully represented “C-suite” executives and Fortune 50 companies in some of the most prominent enforcement and litigation matters throughout the country. He has been recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal and was a recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention, one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest recognitions for excellence in service.

A senior in-house lawyer at two of the world’s largest financial institutions, Bob has led and managed large teams of legal professionals responding to investigations and litigation involving sales practices; mortgage origination, servicing, and securitization; fair lending; the False Claims Act; commercial lending; foreign exchange and derivatives; auto financing; credit card; student lending; intellectual property; and commercial real estate, among others. He has routinely engaged with enforcement and supervisory staff at numerous federal and state agencies including, but not limited to,  the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Office of the Comptroller of the Currency; Federal Reserve Board; the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Prior to entering law school, Bob served in the United States Army as an M1A1 tank platoon leader and tank company executive officer in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Served as trial counsel for businessman in criminal case involving alleged tax and bank fraud; client was acquitted on bank fraud charges and tax convictions were reversed on appeal
  • Served as lead in-house counsel overseeing defense of civil FIRREA case brought by the DOJ against a large financial institution; case resulted in a complete victory for the bank
  • Represented CEO of company in insider trading investigation; no charges filed
  • Represented lead engagement partner of accounting firm in SEC investigation; no charges filed
  • Represented executive in criminal antitrust investigation; no charges filed
  • Served as supervisory in-house counsel in the investigation and resolution of more than 20 federal and state government investigations involving commercial and consumer financial services matters
  • Served as one of the lead prosecutors in a case against the country’s leading securities class action law firm and its principals for paying secret and illegal kickbacks; case led to 11 convictions and the recovery of $107 million in fines and forfeitures

Previous Professional Experience

  • Associate General Counsel, Wells Fargo & Company, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Assistant General Counsel, Bank of America, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Partner, Los Angeles office of international law firm
  • Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, California
  • Partner, Los Angeles office of litigation boutique
  • Associate, Washington, DC office of litigation boutique

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
  • Harvard University, AM
  • University of California, Berkeley, AB, with distinction

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • California

Clerkships

  • Law clerk, The Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Industries

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  • Daily Journal “Top 100 Lawyers in California”
  • Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention, United States Department of Justice
  • Southern California “Super Lawyers,” Criminal Defense: White–Collar (2011)
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