September 12, 2014 (New York) – Proskauer partner Robert J. Cleary has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. Mr. Cleary was inducted on September 11th at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the College in London.

Mr. Cleary is the co-head of Proskauer’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Group and the immediate past co-chair of the Litigation Department. He joined the firm in June 2002, after a lengthy career as a federal prosecutor, including service as the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey and in Southern Illinois. His practice focuses on white-collar criminal defense, SEC and related enforcement matters, securities litigation, complex civil litigation, tax controversies, and internal investigations. He has extensive experience in international criminal matters, including money laundering investigations and foreign extradition proceedings.

Highly ranked in Chambers USA, The Legal 500 United States, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, New York Metro Super Lawyers and Lawdragon, Mr. Cleary is referred to by clients as a “master strategist.” Additionally, he was shortlisted for the Chambers 2014 Award for Excellence in the category of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations. Under his leadership, the firm’s White Collar Defense & Investigations Group also has been highly ranked in a number of legal directories, and described by clients as having “first-rate client service and responsiveness, and enormous resources and experience.”

Mr. Cleary joins the other current Proskauer Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Michael A. Cardozo and Bettina B. Plevan.

Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only, and only after careful review and consideration, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality.