Robert R. Calo

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2104 |

Areas of Practice

Bob Calo chairs Lane Powell’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bribery and International Anti-Corruption practice group.  Since joining Lane Powell, Bob has represented numerous companies and individuals in connection with whistleblower allegations, internal investigations by companies, and administrative, civil and criminal investigations by the government.  Bob has extensive experience in cases involving a myriad of federal crimes including anti-corruption/FCPA violations, securities fraud, corporate embezzlement, bankruptcy fraud, health care fraud, bank fraud, mail fraud, environmental crimes, FDA violations, and money laundering offenses.  Bob has also counseled several companies on the impacts of the FCPA on proposed transactions and has drafted ethical and compliance codes related to the FCPA for several corporations.

Prior to joining Lane Powell, Bob was a federal prosecutor for approximately 17 years in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.  As a federal prosecutor, Bob tried numerous criminal jury trials and conducted scores of federal grand jury investigations.  Bob also assisted other government agencies in conducting related civil litigation and administrative proceedings.  In addition, as a federal prosecutor, Bob was selected to serve on several national task forces and working groups related to the areas of money laundering, health care fraud, bankruptcy fraud and securities fraud.

Professional Experience

  • United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division, Philadelphia, Enforcement Attorney (2004-2005)
  • United States Bankruptcy Trustee Program, Criminal Enforcement Unit, Philadelphia, Special Assistant United States Trustee (2003-2004)
  • District of Delaware, Appointed, Special Assistant United States Attorney (2003-2004)
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Criminal Division, Philadelphia, Assistant United States Attorney (1994-2003)
  • Central District of California, Criminal Division, Los Angeles, Assistant United States Attorney (1989-1994)

Admitted to Practice

  • Oregon
  • California
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • Massachusetts (inactive)


  • Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1985)
  • Bryant University, Smithfield (B.S., Business Administration, summa cum laude, 1981)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Chair, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Bribery and International Anti-Corruption
  • Co-chair, White Collar Criminal Defense, Regulatory Compliance and Special Investigations
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Canada Practice
  • Construction and Environmental
  • Financial Institutions
  • Health Care
  • Mortgage and Consumer Finance
  • Securities Litigation
  • Securities Regulation

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Represented professional accountant in an investigation involving customs and tax violations
  • A large multi-national apparel company in connection with advice and counsel needed on the proper and legal way to provide gift and honorariums to Chinese officials
  • A large aerospace company in drafting and implementing a FCPA compliance code and in preparing an FCPA training module and training the client’s employees and agents
  • An executive in a company in the airline industry in connection with allegations of FCPA violations in Asia
  • A large multinational drug manufacturer in connection with several Attorney Generals’ consumer fraud investigations involving allegedly deceptive advertising
  • Several executives and employees of multi-billion dollar biotechnology company in connection with an investigation by U.S. Department of Justice for off-label marketing
  • A Multinational Japanese-based corporation in connection with alleged antitrust violations being investigated by United States Department of Justice and competition authorities several other countries
  • Chief Compliance Officer of a multinational health care and pharmaceuticals company in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations into allegations of violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
  • Chief Compliance Officer of a multinational health care and pharmaceuticals company in connection with a federal grand jury investigation into allegations related to product recall and other related allegations
  • Former CEO/CFO of public company facing SEC complaint and a parallel indictment by the DOJ alleging Sarbanes-Oxley violations, accounting fraud and securities fraud
  • High-tech company, victim of intellectual property theft involving cyber crime and computer crime
  • Engineering Company responding to federal, state, and Congressional criminal and civil investigations related to the oil spills from the British Petroleum oil pipelines in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska
  • Officer of a multi-million dollar commercial railroad in connection with an EPA/DEQ civil and criminal task force investigation by multiple state and federal regulators and prosecutors
  • National charity in relation to OFAC and IRS violations
  • National law firm under investigation by SEC, IRS and DOJ in connection with alleged $80 million securities fraud
  • Nursing home operating in several states: internal investigation into billing and reimbursement irregularities and fraud alleged by whistleblower working for third-party billing company
  • National account executive with public company accused of IP theft, computer crime and related violations in federal investigation fueled by former employer, chief competitor in same industry
  • Multi-national clothing manufacturer cooperating with federal authorities in connection with trademark and intellectual property criminal and civil investigation
  • Restaurant chain in connection with federal investigation of immigration and accounting irregularities
  • Largest operator of Assisted Living Facilities in the U.S. in connection with a joint investigation being conducted by the two State Attorney Generals alleging health care violations
  • CEO of a Port Authority in Oregon in connection with an EPA/DEQ civil and criminal task force investigation by multiple state and federal regulators and prosecutors
  • Law firm and member lawyers under criminal investigation and state bar investigation for alleged conspiracy and fraud in the procurement of government funds in connection with $50 million construction project
  • Law firm and member lawyers under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and by state bar regulators in connection with operation of an alleged multi-million dollar tax shelter
  • A Corporation engages in electronic funds transfer in connection with a multi-jurisdiction investigation related to internet gambling and on-line poker operations
  • Former CEO of a major aerospace corporation in connection with a joint federal civil and criminal investigation into allegations of defense contractor fraud
  • Executive of a multinational health care company in connection with a federal investigation into allegations of fraud with regard to the Medicare Part D program
  • Environmental Engineering Company in connections with multi-state, federal and local investigations into alleged environmental crimes violations
  • Mortgage banker in connection with federal indictment charging bank fraud and wire fraud


  • “Trying to Serve Two Masters: The Novo Nordisk Case and the Tension Between Anti-Monopoly Laws and Anti-Corruption Best Practices,” International Anticorruption Committee Newsletter, Co-author (January 2013)
  • “Feds Test for Compliance With Anti-Money Laundering Regs,” Portland Business Journal (October 5, 2012)
  • “Getting Control of a Situation Not in Your Control: Steps You Should Take in the Interim Period  Before You go to the Feds or the Feds Come to You With Evidence of Cartel Activity,” ABA  Antitrust Law Section, Cartel and Criminal Practice Committee Newsletter (March 2011)
  • “The Regulator in Sheep’s Clothing,” Oregon Business magazine (June 2010)
  • “Internal Investigations Prove Valuable But Hold Some Traps,” Portland Business Journal (February 5, 2010)
  • “Broadcom: Lessons from the Frenzy Over Stock Options Backdating,” Financial Fraud Law Report (February 2010)
  • “Six Critical Strategies for a Company Under Investigation,” Portland Business Journal (March 27, 2009)
  • “The Subprime Crisis: Will the Feds Show Up at Your Doorstep?” BUILDERnews (May 1, 2008)
  • “Not Your Father’s Banking Crisis: Confronting the Subprime Fallout,” Portland Business Journal (February 22, 2008)
  • “Internal Investigations: Be alert, be prepared, and hire the right professionals,” Oregon Business magazine (October 2007)
  • “Standing Between the Government and the Client,” a chapter included in the book, “Inside the Minds: The Executive’s Guide to Understanding the Laws Behind White Collar Crime: Leading Lawyers on the Most Important Issues Executives Need to Understand,” (2006)
  • “Seven Things a Prosecutor Probably Won’t Tell You – (I Know. I Used to be One),” Corporate Board Member (May/June 2006)
  • “State, Fed Prosecutors Team Up to Fight Patient Abuse,” Portland Business Journal, Co-author (February 3, 2006)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Nowhere to Hide: The Long-Arm Reach of the FCPA and Other Anti-Bribery Statutes,” Northwest China Council luncheon (January 29, 2014)
  • “The Bank Secrecy Act, Money Laundering, and Other IRS Priorities in 2013,” Oregon State Bar Taxation CLE (November 15, 2012)
  • “Navigating the Criminal Law Minefield: A Cautionary Tale for Defense Lawyers and Lawyers Representing Corporations,” International Bar Association Conference (October 1, 2012)
  • “Distributor Management Case Study: Lessons Learned from the Russia Novo Nordisk Case,” Sixth National Conference on the FCPA and Anti Corruption for Life Sciences (May 8, 2012)

Awards and Honors

  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America®, White Collar Criminal Defense (2011-2015)
  • Named as “Oregon Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Criminal Defense: White Collar (2012-2014)
  • Listed as Top Legal Expert in Who’s Who Legal, Investigations (2014)
  • AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™

Professional and Community Activities

  • Co-chair, World Law Group Corporate Governance Practice Group
  • Member, ABA International White Collar Committee
  • Member, Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, District of Oregon
  • Chairman, Multnomah County Courthouse Committee
  • Member, Multnomah Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee
  • Regional Co-chair of Northwest/Seattle Region, ABA/CJS White Collar Crime Committee (2006-2008)
  • Member, ABA task force examining the Upjohn warnings (2008)
  • Subcommittee Member, Financial Institution Fraud/Money Laundering and Patriot Act, ABA/CJS White Collar Crime Committee (2006-2008)
  • Subcommittee Member, Health Care Fraud, ABA/CJS White Collar Crime Committee (2006-2008)

Robert R. Calo

Shareholder | Portland | 503.778.2104 |