Robert E. Sims

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

Bob Sims is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented businesses and individuals in numerous criminal and civil proceedings around the country and throughout the world.

Mr. Sims' practice focuses on:

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

He represents clients in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings conducted by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Department of Commerce, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and state and local authorities. He has also represented clients in False Claims Act, RICO, trade secret, and unfair business practices cases.

Mr. Sims has advised companies and financial institutions on trade sanctions, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering compliance and has represented numerous clients in transborder M&A, commercial, and banking transactions.

Mr. Sims served in the Clinton Administration as the Senior Advisor for the US Department of State's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in Washington, D.C. He was also 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 also previously served as an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Maryland, where he focused primarily on white collar, money laundering, and narcotics offenses.

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

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

Mr. Sims has represented:

  • 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
  • Non-US companies seeking removal from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals List
  • National Football League Players Association members in NFL investigations
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company in litigation and investigations in connection with the 2010 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
  • A former CFO in a SEC enforcement action alleging stock options backdating (SEC v. Jasper)
  • A drug testing company in a federal criminal investigation regarding steroid use in major league baseball
  • A large multinational bank in an internal investigation regarding potential sanctions violations and fraud involving branches in the Middle East and California
  • A multinational financial institution in an international investigation of potential violations of US sanctions laws and anti-money laundering laws
  • Northern California Bay Area Bank: Conducted internal investigation regarding bank’s business in Eastern Europe and compliance with anti-money laundering laws
  • Government Experience: Ran a Bank Secrecy Act Task Force in the District of Maryland and conducted a number of investigations of banks involving alleged BSA, fraud, and money laundering violations, as an Assistant US Attorney
Thought Leadership
  • Top 10 Things to Know About Expanded US Sanctions on Iran
  • Expanded Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions: Top 10 Takeaways
  • Among Final Actions, Obama Administration Suspends Core of US Sanctions Against Sudan
  • US Department of Justice Guidance Seeks to Encourage Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Export Controls and Sanctions Violations
  • Six Months After Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement: Top 10 Observations
  • What To Do When You Are Served With a Search Warrant
  • Top 10 Things to Know About the Implementation of the Iran Nuclear Agreement
  • What To Do When You Are Served With a Search Warrant
  • Movement Towards Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement Brings Limited Easing of Sanctions Into Focus
  • Top 10 Things to Know About the Easing of Sanctions Under the Iran Nuclear Agreement
  • Top 10 Things to Know About the Future of Sanctions on Iran
  • International Fraud & Asset Tracing (3rd Edition), United States
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