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David E. Aron
Gayle M. Athanacio
Stephen L. Bacon
Merri A. Baldwin
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Jeffery M. Chiow
Alecia E. Cotton
Joshua M. Deitz
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
E. Jacob Lubarsky
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Robert S. Metzger
Brian D. Miller
Alexis J. Morris
Nicholas T. Niiro
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Dean D. Paik
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
Aaron M. Scolari
Aaron P. Silberman
Katherine M. Svinarich
Renée D. Wasserman
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Paul M. Zieff

Robert J. Breakstone
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Areas of Practice

Mr. Breakstone co-chairs the firm's White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group.

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Breakstone has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. He is an expert in criminal defense matters for individuals, corporations and corporate management, and has over forty years of trial experience.

Mr. Breakstone has served as a federal prosecutor in both Chicago and San Francisco and was the Chief, Criminal Division, United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. He defended cases involving tax fraud, securities and insider trading, antitrust, theft of trade secrets and copyright violations, import/export issues, mail fraud, government contracts, foreign corrupt practices, environmental, customs fraud and health care.

Mr. Breakstone has tried 50 jury trials as a prosecutor and defense counsel, in both federal and state courts located in Hawaii, Portland, Miami, Seattle, Chicago, San Francisco and San Jose. He has also litigated in United States Tax Court in New York, Detroit and San Francisco. He has worked as trial attorney for the Department of Justice in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.

Mr. Breakstone has lectured on white collar crime topics, including advising corporations on responding to investigations, and to directors at Stanford Law School on how to conduct internal investigations. Mr. Breakstone has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Boalt Law School.

Mr. Breakstone has appeared on panels discussing issues including attorney-client privilege, cooperation under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, conflicts and joint representation, indemnification of attorneys fees and representing clients in the post-Enron era.


J.D., DePaul Law School
Law Review

B.A., Syracuse University
Dean's List

Bar Admissions
United States Tax Court

White Collar Criminal Defense

Robert Dollar Building
311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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