Robert J. A. Zito

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP
 | 2 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005
Phone: 212-732-3200
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1983
Education: New York Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (50%),
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Robert J.A. Zito is a partner at Carter Ledyard & Milburn, LLP, in New York, New York, where he is the chair of the financial institutions regulatory and enforcement practice group. Mr. Zito represents individuals and businesses in corporate matters, securities litigation, white collar criminal defense and more. He also regularly counsels clients in topics, including fiduciary duties, corporate governance and internal investigations. He represents clients throughout New York state.

A graduate of Tulane University, Mr. Zito earned his law degree from New York Law School. In practice for more than 30 years, he has extensive trial and litigation experience. He is also experienced with alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and is a member of the meditation panel for the Supreme Court of New York, New York County Commercial Division.

Mr. Zito has lectured on business law topics at conferences and seminars and has authored articles for publications, including the New York Law Journal and for groups such as the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. He also serves as the canon church attorney for The Episcopal Diocese of New York and has been recognized for his work in this role by receiving the organization's Servant of Justice award in 2015.

Additional honors and awards that Mr. Zito has received include being rated AV Preeminent,* the highest possible rating, by the peer- review service Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been featured in publications, including "Who's Who in America," "Who's Who in American Law" and "Who's Who in the World."
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Securities Litigation (50%)

Business Litigation (30%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 2 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2017

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About Robert Zito

Admitted: 1983, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.clm.com/attorney/zito_robert

Honors and Awards:

  • Super Lawyers®, 2016
  • Service Award, Servant of Justice, Episcopal Diocese of New York, 2015
  • Peer Evaluation, Who's Who in the World, Marquis, 2008
  • Peer Evaluation, Who's Who in America, Marquis, 2006
  • Peer Evaluation, Who's Who in American Law, Marquis, 2005
  • Peer Evaluation, AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell®, 1991

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • New York, 1983
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New York State Bar Association, Professionalism and Securities Regulation Committees
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
  • Federal Bar Council
  • American Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Represented Daniel Lucas as part of the ABA Death Penalty Project, 2005
  • Ordained Deacon in the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, 2001
  • Alumni Admissions Committee for New York City and Westchester County for Tulane University, Chairman, 1984-1986

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • “The Power to Investigate Carries With It the Power to Defame and Destroy,” New York State Bar Association’s Securities Regulation Committee Meeting, February 17, 2016
  • Finding the Jugular: Using AS5 to Refocus on Risk, Directors Monthly, September 2007
  • Madoff Securities Task Force Update: March 4, 2009 Deadline, Client Advisory, January 8, 2009
  • Madoff Securities Task Force Update: IRS Issues Helpful Guidance, Client Advisory, March 18, 2009
  • Author, "Stop! The Lawyer's Ethical Duty on Discovery of Inadvertently Disclosed Confidential Information", New York Law Journal, May 12, 2008
  • Author, "It's About the Process:  Documentation in a Hostile Environment," The Corporate Secretary & Governance Professional, Summer 2005
  • Author, "Madoff Securities Task Force Update: March 4, 2009 Deadline, Client Advisory, January 2009
  • Author, "The Devil is in the Details: Valuing Partial Interests in Private Business Entities is More Art than Science", New York Law Journal, April 30, 2007
  • Presenter, "Use of Experts in Litigation", Carter Ledyard & Milburn, New York, NY, March 24, 2008
  • Presenter, "The Federal Jury Trial, Civil and Criminal", Carter Ledyard & Milburn, New York, NY, May 16, 2013
  • Presenter, "Appellate Advocacy:  The Challenge", Carter Ledyard & Milburn, New York, NY, October 15, 2015
  • Author, "Finding the Jugular: Using AS5 to Refocus on Risk", National Association of Corporate Directors, September 2007
  • Presenter, "Disclosure vs. Process: Self-Dealing Transactions in the New Hostile Environment", Meeting of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, (New York Chapter) at JPMorgan Chase, March 2005
  • Presenter, "SEC Enforcement Trends", Meeting of the Committee on Securities Regulation, Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, December 2005
  • Presenter, "Selective Disclosure and Regulation FD", Second National Post-SOX Forum on Pharmaceutical Corporate Governance in New York City, October 17, 2006
  • Presenter, Continuing Legal Education Lecturer in Trial Advocacy and Mediation
  • Presenter, "Ramification for Financial Services Companies," Financial Sector in Distress Conference, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel, February 18, 2009
  • Author, "Have Clients Heard The Knock Of Regulators At Their Door?, New York Law Journal, February 22, 2005
  • Author, "Daubert And The Rise Of The Valuation Expert", New York Law Journal, April 4, 2005
  • Author, "Madoff Securities Task Force," Client Advisory, December 30, 2008
  • Author, "Internet & The Law: A Powerful Expert Witness Tool", New York Law Journal, September 25, 2006
  • Author, "Madoff Securities Task Force Update: IRS Issues Helpful Guidance," Client Advisory, March 17, 2009
  •  Author, "Asset Valuation: So Key, So Complicated, So Dry!", New York Law Journal, April 24, 2006

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • U.S. v. Christopher Finazzo

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Officer Knight, Order of Savoy, 2014
  • Comander, The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, 2002
  • New York Guard, Lieutenant Colonel (retired), 1992

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Tulane University, 1978

Industry Groups

  • Financial Instiutions
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    New York, NY 10005

    Phone: 212-732-3200

     

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