Ethisphere Institute Names Michele Roberts, Ed Rubinoff to List of Top Attorneys

(Washington, D.C.) – Michele A. Roberts and Edward L. Rubinoff of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP have been named to The Ethisphere Institute’s first annual list of “Attorneys Who Matter,” the firm announced today.  The list recognizes more than 100 attorneys who have made exceptional contributions to the corporate compliance field. 

“Ethisphere is proud to honor the Attorneys Who Matter for the work they do in advancing the cause of ethics and corporate compliance,” said Stephen Martin, executive editor of Ethisphere.  “The attorneys on this list are the best of the best and have a wide range of experience as both in-house and outside counsel, assisting corporations in effectively handling compliance issues.  They understand the importance of ethics and compliance as a business issue and have made implementing and upholding high standards their utmost priority.” 

Ms. Roberts is a partner in Akin Gump’s white collar criminal defense practice.  Her clients include defendants charged with racketeering, tax fraud, wire fraud, insurance fraud, bank fraud and violation of securities regulations and both plaintiffs and defendants in the areas of commercial development, products liability, Title VII and premises liability.  Before entering private practice, Ms. Roberts served for eight years in the office of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, where she was trial counsel in more than 40 jury trials and ultimately was named chief of the office’s trial division.  She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.

Mr. Rubinoff is a partner in the firm’s international trade practice.  He advises domestic and foreign companies on compliance with U.S. international trade control laws, conducts internal investigations and audits, designs and implements compliance programs, and represents clients in civil and criminal enforcement cases.  He also advises companies on national security reviews conducted by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States under the Exon-Florio Law.  His clients have included companies in the telecommunications, computer, software, technology, electronics, energy, defense, aerospace, chemical, agriculture, construction, manufacturing, financial services, private equity and equipment sectors.  Mr. Rubinoff is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and George Washington University’s law school. 

The Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. 

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, a leading international law firm, numbers more than 800 lawyers in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. 

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