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Robert L. Begleiter

Robert L. Begleiter, the former Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office
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for the Eastern District of New York and a founding partner of Constantine Cannon, joined the Firm in 2011 as a Senior Partner.  Mr. Begleiter received a B.A. with honors from the College of the City of New York in 1968, and a J.D. from New York University Law School in 1972.
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After graduating from law school, Mr. Begleiter worked as an attorney for five years with Brooklyn Legal Services.  In 1977 Mr. Begleiter joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, becoming Chief of the Civil Division in 1985.  During Mr. Begleiter's nine-year tenure as Chief of the Civil Division, he was the first-line supervisor responsible for management of the Division's 42 attorneys and all of its litigation – in excess of 1,000 cases a year.  As Chief of the Division, he guided its growth and direction from an Office that primarily defended the United States to one in the forefront of affirmative civil law enforcement.  The Civil Division became a leader in such areas as asset forfeiture, Civil RICO, and False Claims Act litigation.  Specifically, Mr. Begleiter led the government's efforts to reform the Long Island carting industry, to remove corruption from several labor locals (including locals at Kennedy Airport), and to oversee the collection of more than $300,000,000 in forfeited assets, False Claims Act recoveries and other types of monetary relief for the United States.  Mr. Begleiter defended the United States in the class action brought by Haitian immigrants detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  He also received the Department of Justice's Director's Award.  In 1994, Mr. Begleiter became a founding partner at Constantine Cannon, and held that position until joining the Firm.

Mr. Begleiter specializes in commercial civil litigation.  His representations have included:

From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Begleiter was a part-time Administrative Law Judge hearing cases arising from the Fulton Fish Market.  He has taught as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at Brooklyn Law School, and has lectured before law enforcement agencies and Bar Associations on diverse topics.  Mr. Begleiter is an active member of the Federal Bar Council, is currently a director of the Federal Bar Foundation, and has headed the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York for the past nine years.  Mr. Begleiter currently sits on the board of the N.Y. Federal Defenders and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A.

Areas of Practice

Complex Commercial Litigation
Antitrust Litigation
RICO
Personal Injury
Employment Litigation

Bar Admissions

New York, 1973
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1975
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1975
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1981
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2005
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2006

Education

New York University School of Law, New York, New York, 1972, JD
College of the City of New York, New York, New York, 1968, B.A.

Past Employment Positions

Brooklyn Legal Services, 1973 - 1977, Senior Attorney, 1975 - 1977
United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant United States Attorney; 1977 - 1994, Chief of the Civil Division, 1985 - 1994
Constantine Cannon, New York City, Partner, 1994 - 2011

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