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Joshua M. Robbins

Joshua M. Robbins


WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


“[A] top-notch litigator; superb legal writer; and skilled wordsmith who transforms complex legal arguments into simple and compelling narratives in the courtroom.” – Benchmark Litigation

Josh Robbins, a former federal prosecutor, is Co-Chair of the Firm’s White Collar and Investigations Practice and was named by the Daily Journal as one of the Top White Collar Lawyers in California and by Benchmark Litigation as a California Litigation Star. Mr. Robbins has led trials, appeals, and investigations involving hundreds of millions of dollars and major government enforcement proceedings, representing Fortune 500 companies, sovereign governments, and prominent individuals. His matters have involved allegations of criminal health care fraud, False Claims Act violations, civil and criminal securities fraud, tax evasion, and bank fraud, as well as complex business disputes. Many of his cases have received national and international public attention, including matters reported in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CNN, and CNBC. Benchmark Litigation has named him as a “California Litigation Star.”

Mr. Robbins previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California, where he was lead counsel in various federal jury trials and appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as numerous grand jury investigations of fraud, kickbacks, and corruption. Among other matters, he led the prosecution of a $900 million health care kickback scheme described as the largest insurance fraud case in California history. For his work on a major securities fraud trial, he was awarded the SEC’s Director’s Award for Criminal Coordination.

Before joining the Firm, Mr. Robbins also led the white collar defense practice of an elite boutique litigation firm, and practiced at two major international law firms, where he represented clients in matters ranging from Supreme Court appeals to international treaty-based arbitrations to DOJ and SEC investigations.

Mr. Robbins is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. After law school, he served as law clerk for the Honorable Stanley Marcus of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Professional Activities

  • President, Harvard Law School Association of Orange County

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • Harvard Law School
  • Tufts University, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • Harvard College
Areas of Practice

Dispute Resolution | Health Care Law | Litigation | Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility | White Collar & Investigations

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Government Investigations and Enforcement

  • Lead counsel for national medical supply company in DOJ investigation into suspected health care fraud and kickback scheme
  • Lead counsel for health care provider in DOJ investigation of alleged fraud and kickback scheme, as well as related civil rights lawsuit and parallel $80 million civil litigation
  • Co-lead counsel for plaintiff in major RICO lawsuit against global religious organization for human trafficking and forced labor violations
  • Lead counsel for behavioral health company in investigation by state attorney general
  • Lead counsel for marketing company and its CEO in SEC and DOJ investigations
  • As prosecutor, led investigation and prosecution of $900 million healthcare kickback and public corruption investigation involving spinal surgeries
  • As prosecutor, led trials of $170 million securities fraud scheme, $200 million tax fraud scheme, and $70 million health care fraud scheme

Business Trials and Appeals

  • Lead counsel for multinational company in $200 million federal antitrust and RICO lawsuit
  • Lead trial counsel for major national marketing company in $100 million arbitration involving fraud in M&A transaction
  • Lead trial counsel for a Maltese investment company in a $200 million arbitration against the government of Austria
  • Co-lead appellate and trial counsel for executive in $100 million dispute with auto dealership company regarding fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract
  • Co-lead trial counsel for auto dealership executive in multi-million dollar arbitration against leading national dealership chain
  • Co-lead counsel for IT services company in international litigation and arbitration regarding theft of trade secrets and breach of cross-border service contract


When Can Companies Recoup Advancement of Executives’ Criminal Defense Costs? A Recent Decision Highlights Some Limits
Buchalter, May 2021

  When corporate executives are charged with crimes, their companies often foot the bill for their defenses. Sometimes those bills can be hefty. And while companies sometimes seek to recoup the expenses when the executives are convicted, a recent decision from the influential Judge Jed Rakoff of the Southern District of New York makes clear that the criminal restitution process may not be their best approach...

Treasury’s New Bank Secrecy Act Whistleblower Program
Buchalter, January 2021

In perhaps the last major legislative action under this presidential administration, on New Year’s Day 2021, Congress passed—over President Trump’s veto—what could be the most significant anti-money laundering (AML) statute since the Patriot Act of 2001, as part of the annual National Defense Appropriations Act (NDAA)...

Congress Makes Sweeping Changes to Money Laundering Enforcement
Buchalter, January 2021

On New Year’s Day 2021, Congress passed—over President Trump’s veto—a defense appropriations law containing the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (“AML Act”) and the Corporate Transparency Act, as part of a sweeping new set of anti-money laundering reforms that create important new beneficial ownership disclosure obligations for a wide range of small companies, and contain both good and bad news for financial institutions...

Additional Articles

  • UNLEASHING THE LEVIATHAN: Tips for Companies Referring Cases to Law Enforcement
  • When Can Companies Recoup Advancement of Executives’ Criminal Defense Costs? A Recent Decision Highlights Some Limits
  • Treasury’s New Bank Secrecy Act Whistleblower Program
  • New Whistleblower Program May Lead to Surge in Bank Secrecy Act Enforcement
  • SEC Enforcement Expansion May Face Constitutional Limits
  • US Congress makes sweeping changes to AML enforcement
  • Congress Makes Sweeping Changes to Money Laundering Enforcement
  • Enforcement 2020: Telehealth Providers Move to the Top of OIG’s Watch List
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: SBA Issues New PPP Guidance Regarding Required Approval for a Sale of Assets or Transfer of Ownership of a PPP Borrower; Use of Escrow Accounts to Avoid Requirement of Prior SBA Approval
  • Buchalter COVID-19 Client Alert: Entrapment-by-Estoppel: A Potential Future Defense for Lenders in PPP Fraud Cases
  • First Circuit Decision Underlines Risk of Criminal HIPAA Enforcement
  • From Frying Pan to Fire: Strategic Issues When Reimbursement Disputes Turn Into Criminal Investigations
  • DOJ Criminal Health Care Enforcement: It’s Not Just for Federal Programs Anymore
  • Flynn Dismissal Raises Bar(r) for False Statements Prosecutions
  • COVID-19 Test Providers, Beware Kickback Enforcement Tool
  • 5th Amendment Strategy For Parallel Civil, Criminal Litigation
  • Taking the Fifth in Parallel Criminal and Civil Proceedings
  • New Lessons About Data Breaches And Insider Trading
  • Once More Unto The Breach
  • Gag Orders on Grand Jury Subpoenas to Banks: The Next First Amendment Frontier?
  • In Microsoft Case, the Supreme Court Considers Law Enforcement Power in a Globalized and Digital World
  • Growing Risk of Insider Trading on Data Breaches
  • When Trade Secrets Cases Go Criminal: Part 2
  • When Trade Secrets Cases Go Criminal: Part 1
  • Waymo v. Uber: A Harbinger of Fifth Amendment Challenges in Corporate Investigations?

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