Rob Cary is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Co-Chair of the firm’s Lawyer Liability Practice Group. Rob’s trial practice is varied. In 2018, for example, Rob’s first-chair trial experience included a jury acquittal in a criminal trial in Oregon and the successful defense of two businesses in a civil trial in Delaware. Rob also has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in government investigations and has conducted investigations for audit committees of publicly traded companies. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt Law School and Georgetown University Law Center.
Rob is well known for his representation of the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens, who was indicted on ethics charges less than 100 days before he was to stand for re-election. Senator Stevens was exonerated when it was revealed that the prosecution had hidden evidence from the defense. The American Lawyer described Williams & Connolly’s work on the case as “one of the best criminal defense performances in memory, resulting in a heightened scrutiny of prosecutors that will affect the Justice Department for years to come.”
Rob has been recognized as a leading lawyer in white collar crime and government investigations in the 2013-2018 editions of Chambers, and in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500; as a commercial litigation local “litigation star” in the 2012-2017 editions of Benchmark Litigation; as a “national star” in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation; as a “rising star” in commercial litigation in the 2012 edition of Chambers; as a leading lawyer in white collar criminal defense in the 2010-18 editions of The Best Lawyers in America; and as the Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year for Washington, D.C. in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. In 2011, The National Law Journal named Rob and Brendan Sullivan to its six-person list of the country’s “Most Influential Lawyers” in the area of white collar criminal defense. In 2015, The National Law Journal named Rob one of its “White Collar Crime Trailblazers.” In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Rob is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Last updated Oct 2019