Robert E. Sims

San Francisco
  • 505 Montgomery Street
  • Suite 2000
  • San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
  • USA

Bob Sims, a trial lawyer in the White Collar Defense & Investigations and Export Controls, Economic Sanctions & Customs Practices, represents US and global companies, organizations, and individuals in criminal and civil proceedings in jurisdictions across the United States and throughout the world.

Mr. Sims draws on more than three decades of legal experience to provide clients with sophisticated advice and representation. He has developed a particular focus on trial advocacy in high-stakes disputes and enforcement actions related to:

  • White collar criminal defense and internal investigations
  • US export controls and sanctions
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance and investigations
  • Anti-money laundering compliance
  • Complex commercial litigation

He regularly represents clients in all types of courts and before government agencies, including:

  • US Department of Justice (DOJ) in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings
  • Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)
  • Department of Commerce
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • State and local authorities

Mr. Sims also advises clients on sanctions and anti-money laundering issues in cross-border M&A, commercial, and banking transactions.

He frequently writes and speaks about US sanctions, anti-corruption, and fraud issues.

In 2018, Mr. Sims was named to Savoy Magazine’s Most Influential Black Lawyers List.

Public Service Experience

Mr. Sims draws on extensive experience as a federal regulator and prosecutor to provide clients strategic insights. He served in the Clinton Administration as the Senior Adviser for the US Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. He served as a delegate to: the G-7 Senior Experts Group on Transnational Organized Crime, the United Nations Crime Commission, and the Financial Action Task Force.

Mr. Sims served as an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Maryland, during which time he ran a Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) Task Force, conducted a number of investigations of banks involving alleged BSA, fraud and money laundering violations, and he also prosecuted narcotics offenses.

He currently serves on the board of the GlobalGiving Foundation and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. He is a past board member of the Ploughshares Fund in San Francisco and currently serves on its audit committee.

Mr. Sims’ representative experience includes advising:

Criminal and Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company in investigations and litigation in connection with a pipeline explosion in San Bruno, CA
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association in a case challenging eligibility requirements for certain student athletes
  • National Semiconductor Corporation in a fraud and breach of contract case
Trade and Export Issues
  • Energy companies in export controls, sanctions, and FCPA compliance matters and investigations
  • Technology companies in export controls, sanctions, and FCPA compliance matters and investigations
  • An accounting firm in an OFAC investigation involving alleged violations of the Cuba sanctions laws
  • An international oil services company in a criminal investigation involving alleged violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act
  • National Football League Players Association members in NFL investigations
  • A car rental company in an investigation of its billing and collection practices conducted by the California Attorney General and several District Attorney (DA) Offices
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