Roberto J. Gonzalez, former Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, is a litigation partner with experience spanning economic sanctions, anti-money laundering, consumer financial protection regulation, cybersecurity, and Dodd-Frank, as well as constitutional and administrative law. He focuses on representing financial institutions and other clients in trial and appellate litigation, white-collar and regulatory defense, internal investigations and congressional proceedings.
Roberto joined the firm after serving six and a half years in senior legal positions at the Treasury Department, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the White House. With his expertise from these three vantage points in the Executive Branch, Roberto is well-positioned to help clients navigate the evolving regulatory environment by providing strategic counseling on compliance and risk management, responding to government inquiries and investigations and, when necessary, challenging rulemakings and other agency actions. Having represented agencies and senior officials in high-profile matters combining litigation, congressional investigations and intense media scrutiny, Roberto is also an experienced crisis manager able to assist clients in coordinating the legal, communications and legislative strategies essential to addressing complex problems.
Roberto was named a “D.C. Rising Star” by The National Law Journal, a “Rising Star in Banking” by Law360 and a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the National Hispanic Bar Association. At Treasury, Secretary Jacob J. Lew awarded Roberto the Treasury Medal in recognition of his accomplishments and leadership as Deputy General Counsel.
Roberto served as Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury
Department from September 2013 to September 2015. He advised the
Treasury Secretary and senior staff on a range of legal and policy
issues, managed major litigations and congressional investigations
and supervised more than 100 lawyers in areas including Dodd-Frank
implementation, banking and other financial regulation, economic
sanctions, anti-money laundering (AML), the Anti-Terrorism Act and
cybersecurity in the financial sector. His tenure saw significant
developments in the sanctions regimes involving Russia/Ukraine,
Iran, Cuba and malicious cyber activity, as well as landmark
enforcement actions for both sanctions and AML violations. He also
counseled on issues as diverse as the debt limit, Puerto Rico's
fiscal situation and the Affordable Care Act. Roberto supervised
the legal function for, among others, Treasury's Office of
Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, the Office of Foreign Asset
Control (OFAC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN),
the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) and the Federal
From January 2011 to September 2013, Roberto served at the
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he was Principal
Deputy General Counsel and Deputy Associate Director. As second in
charge of a legal department of over 55 attorneys, he oversaw the
legal review of all enforcement actions, rulemakings and
significant supervisory matters. A leader in the CFPB's start-up,
Roberto supervised a team of lawyers in resolving foundational
questions about the Bureau's jurisdiction and authority, and he
negotiated coordination frameworks with the banking agencies, the
Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department. In
addition to helping develop the CFPB's approach to unfair,
deceptive and abusive practices (UDAAPs) and fair lending, among
other topics, Roberto played a lead role in the agency's mortgage
rulemakings and also its expansion of oversight to nonbank sectors
such as payday lending, debt collection and credit reporting.
Roberto served in the White House from January 2009 to January
2011. As Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to the
President, he advised on a broad portfolio of issues, including
financial regulation, criminal justice, homeland security, energy
and environmental regulation and he represented the White House in
investigations by Congress and the Financial Crisis Inquiry
Commission. He advised the White House's National Economic Council
and served as the White House's primary legal liaison to the
Departments of Treasury, Homeland Security, Energy and
Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office
of the U.S. Trade Representative. Roberto would collaborate with
those agencies' senior lawyers on their most difficult litigation,
regulatory, and oversight issues.
Previously in private practice, he represented clients in
appellate and trial-level litigation involving antitrust, the Alien
Tort Claims Act, foreign-law claims, criminal and civil securities
fraud and criminal procedure.
Roberto clerked for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and,
before that, for Second Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi. He graduated
from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Articles Editor and
Managing Board member of the Stanford Law Review and
received the Urban A. Sontheimer Third-Year Honor. He received his
A.B. from Duke University.