GeyerGorey LLP was founded in 2012 by three experienced former federal prosecutors—Brad Geyer, Hays Gorey and Bob Zastrow—with a focus on antitrust and other white-collar criminal defense work. It has quickly grown into a powerhouse boutique with the capacity to handle complex civil and criminal litigation and counseling on corporate compliance issues.
With offices in five cities, the firm now includes 12 senior-level attorneys who have a broad range of experience in business-related counseling and litigation, including criminal and civil antitrust, mergers and acquisitions, procurement fraud, securities fraud, foreign bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and qui tam (whistleblower) actions. Because of its stable of former United States Department of Justice prosecutors, the firm is in a unique position to conduct internal investigations of possible criminal conduct, and is designed to effectively address these issues with enforcement agencies both inside and outside the United States.
The firm’s international compliance practice is focused on the Middle East and Asia (particularly Vietnam) ensuring corporate compliance for U.S. companies or businesses transacting with U.S. companies or, ultimately planning to be acquired by a U.S. company. In connection with this practice, the firm is able to conduct internal investigations when possible breaches of laws are suspected. Additionally, experiencing poor compliance procedures of non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) first hand as prosecutors, the firm has undertaken an NGO Initiative to make modern compliance procedures accessible for this non-profit service community.
The firm recently added a new outstanding attorney to the team:
Robert E. Connolly has joined the firm’s Washington, D.C. office as a partner. Connolly spent most of his career as a prosecutor with the Middle Atlantic Field Office of the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice. Connolly joined that office in 1980 and was Chief from 1994 until early 2013. Connolly will lead GeyerGorey’s corporate internal investigations practice. Connolly will be also be part of GeyerGorey’s compliance team, which blends its experience in enforcement, in-house counseling, criminal and civil defense, and qui tam litigation, to help companies efficiently identify, address, and mitigate litigation risks from the onset and develop an organizational culture that encourages ethical conduct and a commitment to comply with the law. In his career with the Division, Connolly led major national and international white-collar crime investigations in the areas of antitrust, fraud and obstruction of justice. He is known for innovative investigative and trial strategy and a command presence in the courtroom. He left the government with one of the the most successful trial records in Antitrust Division history, receiving the DOJ’s highest litigation honor, the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Trial Litigation. In addition to his prosecutorial experience, Connolly was the Victor Kramer Fellow at Yale University in 1989-1990. He has served as an adjunct professor of antitrust law at Rutgers-Camden Law School and later Drexel School of Law. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for the ABA Cartel and Criminal Practice committee and since leaving the Antitrust Division in 2013, has authored more than a dozen articles on U.S. and international competition law practice.