Robert A. Sherman, a founding member and former co-managing shareholder of the firm's Boston office, has wide-ranging trial and regulatory experience. He focuses his practice on government and regulatory investigations and litigation, internal corporate investigations - with an emphasis on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance - as well as consumer protection and class action defense. Bob has broad experience representing clients in complex, high profile cases including those that have generated significant media attention. He served as co-lead counsel for hundreds of victims in the Boston Archdiocese clergy abuse scandal. With 30 years of legal and public service experience, Bob also brings a unique perspective and understanding of the global landscape to provide strategic counsel to clients on international issues, particularly in EU countries.
Bob most recently served as the United States Ambassador to Portugal from 2014 – 2017, having been nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. As Ambassador, he focused heavily on bilateral economic development and international security issues, such as cybersecurity, refugees, narcoterrorism and NATO. In recognition of Bob’s work in the country, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa decorated him with the Grand Cross of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator in March 2017.
In 2017, Bob was appointed as an independent board member of a major international bank, whose majority shareholder is an American private equity firm. In this role, Bob serves as chair of the Compliance Committee focusing on EU bank regulatory requirements and anti-money laundering rules.
Bob was the Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Consumer Protection Division from 1991 - 1993. There, he led the 45-person division which enforces the broad spectrum of laws protecting consumers.