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Roberto J. Gonzalez

Partner

Tel: 202-223-7316
Fax: 202-204-7344
rgonzalez@paulweiss.com

Washington
2001 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006-1047

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.

Experience

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 Insurance Office.

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.

Practices
Litigation
Financial Institutions
White Collar & Regulatory Defense
Securities Litigation
Internal Investigations
Cybersecurity & Data Protection

Education

J.D., Stanford Law School, 2003

with distinction, Order of the Coif, Urban A. Sontheimer Award

A.B., Duke University, 2000

summa cum laude, Harry S. Truman Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa
Clerkships

Hon. John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court

Hon. Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
California

Related Resources

Feb 22, 2017 | Publications

The Regulatory and Enforcement Outlook for Financial Institutions in 2017: Trends in Sanctions, Anti-Money Laundering and Cybersecurity

Feb 15, 2017 | Publications

President and Congress Eliminate SEC Resource Extraction Rule

Feb 09, 2017 | Publications

President Signs Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System

Dec 01, 2016 | Publications

The CFPB Issues Guidance on Effective Compliance Oversight Over Sales and Other Incentives

Nov 10, 2016 | Publications

Department of Justice and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for Employee Hiring and Compensation

Nov 01, 2016 | Events

Michael Gertzman and Roberto Gonzalez Address NY DFS's New Sanctions/Anti-Money Laundering Rule

Oct 31, 2016 | Publications

Litigation Partners Co-Author Article on the D.C. Circuit’s Decision on CFPB’s Constitutionality

Oct 21, 2016 | Publications

Federal Banking Agencies Issue Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Enhanced Cybersecurity Standards

Nov 15, 2016 | Events

Roberto Gonzalez to Lead Regulators Discussion at C5’s Economic Sanctions and Financial Crime Forum in London

Oct 13, 2016 | Publications

D.C. Circuit Rules the Single-Director Structure of the CFPB Is Unconstitutional

Sep 15, 2016 | Publications

New York DFS Proposes New Rules on Cybersecurity

Sep 01, 2016 | Publications

Treasury and Federal Banking Agencies Clarify BSA/AML and Sanctions Enforcement Standards for Foreign Correspondent Banking Relationships

Aug 26, 2016 | News

Apollo Funds Acquire Rackspace for $4.3 Billion

Aug 19, 2016 | Publications

Roberto Gonzalez Quoted in Law360 Article on CFPB Arbitration Rule

Jul 01, 2016 | Publications

New York DFS Finalizes Stringent Anti-Money Laundering and Sanctions Regulation

Jun 29, 2016 | News

Diamond Resorts to Be Acquired by Funds Affiliated With Apollo

Jun 28, 2016 | Publications

A Guide to the Supreme Court’s Notable Decisions this Term—and Cases to Watch Next Term

Jun 06, 2016 | Publications

Taking Stock of CFPB’s Frenzied Agenda

Jun 01, 2016 | Videos

CFPB Proposes to Ban Arbitration Clauses That Prevent Class-Action Litigation

May 26, 2016 | Publications

United States Recommends That the Supreme Court Deny Review in Midland Funding v. Madden

May 24, 2016 | Publications

Litigation Partners Contribute Article on CFPB Arbitration Proposal to Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

May 17, 2016 | Events

Roberto Gonzalez to Participate in a Panel on Recent Supreme Court Decisions

May 10, 2016 | Publications

FinCEN Issues Sweeping New Requirements on Collection of Beneficial Ownership Information and Customer Due Diligence

May 09, 2016 | Publications

CFPB Proposes a Ban on Arbitration Clauses That Prevent Class Action Litigation

May 03, 2016 | Publications

Executive Order Calls on Agencies to Address Industry Concentration: The Implications for Common Ownership Interests

Apr 27, 2016 | Events

Roberto Gonzalez to Speak at ACI Forum on Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance

Apr 11, 2016 | Publications

Resistance Is Not Always Futile: The D.C. District Court Deals FSOC a Significant Blow by Rescinding MetLife’s Designation

Apr 07, 2016 | Publications

D.C. Circuit Reverses Rejection of Deferred Prosecution Agreement

Mar 17, 2016 | Events

Roberto Gonzalez to Speak on "Effective Strategies with State and Federal Officials" at HNBA Conference

Mar 04, 2016 | Publications

The CFPB Enters the Cybersecurity Arena with Its First Enforcement Action

Feb 22, 2016 | Publications

Roberto Gonzalez and Jessica Carey Co-Author Article on AML Enforcement in The National Law Journal

Feb 23, 2016 | Publications

New Federal Guidance on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015: What General Counsel Need to Know
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