Robert (Bob) Mahler
Areas of Focus
, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
, University of Michigan
with high distinction
North Carolina (Inactive)
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
United States Supreme Court
Bob Mahler’s practice emphasizes complex white collar criminal defense, corporate internal investigations, regulatory defense and complex civil litigation. Leveraging over 35 years of experience, Bob provides practical counsel and guidance to clients on a wide array of matters including:
Investigations and defense of allegations of health care fraud
Investigations and defense of allegations of securities fraud
Investigations and defense of allegations of criminal environmental contamination
Investigations and defense of allegations of criminal antitrust violations
Corporate internal investigations
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for his work in white collar criminal defense and government investigations. Bob is a seasoned practitioner with excellent experience in white-collar criminal defense. He is regularly mandated to handle corporate internal investigations and securities fraud claims. Clients find that he provides "focused, meticulous, zealous and experienced representation."
The Best Lawyers in America© White Collar Criminal Defense, 2003-Present
Best Lawyers® 2018 Criminal Defense: White-Collar "Lawyer of the Year" in Seattle
Best Lawyers® 2016 Criminal Defense: White-Collar "Lawyer of the Year" in Seattle
Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2018
Chambers USA, Leading Individual, Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (Band 1)
Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers list, White Collar Criminal Defense, 2009-2018
Washington CEO magazine, League of Justice
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President’s Award
Seattle Chapter of the United Nations Association, Human Rights Award
Washington Supreme Court Certificate of Appreciation for Assistance to Committee to Examine Appellate Representation in Capital Cases
Top Lawyers, Seattle Metropolitan magazine, Criminal: White Collar
Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
Represented prominent real estate company in DOJ Antitrust Division criminal investigation relating to allegations of price fixing at mortgage foreclosure auctions. Following defense investigation, Justice Department declined to file charges.
Conducted corporate internal investigation and voluntary disclosure to DOJ relating to allegations of overbilling by government contractor. Matter concluded by simple repayment without finding of civil or criminal liability.
Represented Chairman of the Board and CEO of financial conglomerate in civil fraud lawsuit by the SEC and related criminal investigation by the Fraud Section of the DOJ Criminal Division following the company’s $2.3 billion collapse. Civil lawsuit alleged client’s personal responsibility for $600 million fraud. Civil case settled without admission of liability for $150,000. The Justice Department declined prosecution and the criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented Manager of International Business Development for multinational corporation in criminal antitrust investigation by the Criminal Enforcement Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. The Justice Department declined prosecution against Bob’s client and the criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented multinational fur brokerage company in criminal antitrust investigation by the Criminal Enforcement Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division. The Justice Department declined prosecution against Bob’s client and the criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors of public biotech company on allegations of securities fraud brought by the SEC and related criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. The SEC lawsuit was settled favorably for client without finding of liability. The criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented prominent local securities lawyer on allegations of securities fraud brought by the SEC and related criminal investigation by the Department of Justice. The SEC lawsuit was settled favorably for client without finding of liability. The criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented Manager of seafood processing plant in DOJ criminal investigation of violations of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act. After several years of investigation, the Justice Department declined prosecution against Bob’s client and the criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented Director of Operations of major medical center on allegations of conspiracy to commit health care fraud. After several years of investigation, the Justice Department declined prosecution against client and the criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented the North Slope, Alaska, Drilling Manager of multinational oil company in a DOJ criminal investigation of violations of environmental statutes. After several years of investigation, the Justice Department declined prosecution against client and the criminal investigation was dropped.
Represented the Chief Engineer of cruise ship line indicted on multiple felony counts for violations of environmental statutes. Case resolved on plea agreement to one misdemeanor count, sentence of probation for one year, and dismissal of all felony charges.
Represented individual charged with illegally transporting explosives into SeaTac airport. Client acquitted following trial by jury.
Represented multinational biotech public company in internal investigation of possible violations of securities laws relating to misstatements of revenue. Following voluntary disclosure to the SEC, no action taken against client.
Represented public insurance company in internal investigation of possible insider trading by former members of the company’s Board of Directors. Following voluntary disclosure to the SEC, no action taken against client.
Co-counsel in McKoy v. North Carolina – U.S. Supreme Court held North Carolina’s capital sentencing procedure unconstitutional, resulting in overturning death sentences of over 90 individuals on North Carolina’s death row.
United States v. Singleton – argued on behalf of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in landmark case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Fletcher v. Kalina – Ninth Circuit unanimously held a county prosecutor does not have absolute immunity from civil liability for providing false information in a court document. Case unanimously upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
State v. Ford – For the only time in its history, the Washington Supreme Court recalled the mandate on one of its cases based on a prosecutor’s commission of fraud on the court.
Publications & Presentations
Health Care Fraud Investigations: Best Practices for Avoiding and Responding
Speaker, Health Care Management Association, WA-AK HFMA WINTER CONFERENCE
Polsinelli Expands West Coast Presence with the Opening of a Seattle Office
May 30, 2018
"Clients enthuse that Robert Mahler is ‘extremely professional, responsive, and knows his stuff,’ with one adding: I would recommend him without qualification.’” – Chambers USA
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