Tyson Arbuthnot
Gayle M. Athanacio
Merri A. Baldwin
Ann M. Blessing
Robert J. Breakstone
Dennis J. Callahan
Thomas H. Carlson
Walter S. Chen
Jeffery M. Chiow
Robert C. Goodman
Lucas T. Hanback
John G. Heller
Dennis C. Huie
Suhani Kamdar
Lauren B. Kramer
S. Amber Lee
Mark J. Linderman
James Robert Maxwell
Joseph C. McGowan
Patricia A. Meagher
Suzanne M. Mellard
Robert S. Metzger
Alexis J. Morris
Roland Nikles
Neil H. O'Donnell
Robert M. Osier
Dean D. Paik
Katherine L. Pohl
Sharon Ongerth Rossi
D. Kevin Shipp
Aaron P. Silberman
Sarah T. Vreede
Renée D. Wasserman
Margot Wenger
Alan J. Wilhelmy
Virginia K. Young
Oliya S. Zamaray
Paul M. Zieff


Robert J. Breakstone
Of Counsel
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Areas of Practice

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

Professional Qualifications

Mr. Breakstone has over twenty-five years experience in the public and private sectors. He is an expert in criminal defense matters for corporations and corporate management.

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 (1978-1981). 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.

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.

Education

J.D., DePaul Law School, 1967
Law Review

B.A., Syracuse University, 1961
Dean's List

Bar Admissions
California - 1976
Illinois - 1968
United States Tax Court



Practices
White Collar Criminal Defense


Contact
Robert Dollar Building
311 California Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415.956.2828
Fax: 415.956.6457
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rbreakstone@rjo.com