J. Robert Duncan 

Associate – Washington, New York
T.+1 202 862 2233
700 Sixth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001 V-CARD
T.+1 212 504 6233
200 Liberty Street
New York , NY 10281

Robert Duncan focuses his practice on white collar crime, with an emphasis on complex civil and criminal matters and regulatory issues, including those arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), U.S. economic sanctions, securities fraud laws, anti-money laundering statutes and accounting and reporting regulations. He regularly represents corporations in complex independent and internal investigations around the world involving U.S. criminal and civil authorities, as well as foreign regulators in Europe. His global practice has included matters on six continents. Robert has also represented numerous individuals in connection with U.S. law enforcement investigations arising under the FCPA, U.S. economic sanctions and securities fraud laws. He has represented clients in litigation in state and federal court.

Robert has extensive experience conducting regulatory compliance due diligence reviews in connection with mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions, including in jurisdictions and industries presenting significant risks of corruption and fraud. In addition, Robert assists corporations in conducting global compliance program reviews, and in the development, implementation and testing of corporate compliance policies and procedures. He completed a year-long secondment with a global pharmaceutical company where he authored, implemented and monitored an extensive anti-bribery/anti-corruption compliance program.

Robert serves as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve and is the chairman of Cadwalader’s Veterans Affinity Network. He is active in the firm’s pro bono efforts with a particular focus on issues facing veterans, reservists and active duty Servicemembers.

Robert was included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in recognition of his work in Criminal Defense: White Collar and Corporate Governance and Compliance Law.

Prior to law school, Robert worked as a senior associate in audit, assurance and risk advisory at a Big Four accounting firm and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. Robert has taught undergraduate courses in accounting and auditing at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, where he has been a visiting lecturer and instructor. Robert received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he served as a Senior Editor for the Virginia Law and Business Review. He earned his M.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and his B.S. in Accounting from Ball State University's Honors College. Robert is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.



J. Robert Duncan 


  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • University of Virginia School of Law
  • McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
  • Ball State University