Robert D. Rose is Of Counsel in the firm's San Diego office and specializes in white collar criminal defense and trials of complex business litigation, in the state and federal courts.

Areas of Practice

Criminal Defense

Mr. Rose was a federal prosecutor for twelve years, followed by the last twenty-nine years as a defense attorney.  He has prosecuted organized crime figures, utilizing electronic surveillance, informants, witness protection and grand juries.  He has tried cases as a cross-designated Deputy District Attorney. He convicted J. David Dominelli, responsible for an $80 million Ponzi scheme involving international arbitrage and bankruptcy fraud.  As a defense attorney, he represents clients with criminal and civil exposure from governmental inquiries. He defended Gary Naiman, the president of Pioneer Mortgage, a $200 million Ponzi scheme involving collateralized mortgage pools.

Securities Fraud

Mr. Rose represents targets, witnesses, stock issuers, and professionals in pre-filing investigations conducted by securities regulators, as well as in filed actions. He has defended: corporate officers charged with accounting fraud; options backdating and insider trading; issuers engaged in real estate promotion; a law firm whose clients sold commodities contracts; telemarketers selling unregistered securities; a registered representative selling variable annuities from an insurance agency; an insurance company selling unregistered securities; the directors of a conglomerate, sued for breaches of fiduciary duty in a hostile takeover by a publicly traded corporation; accountants and lawyers accused of making misrepresentations.

He has served as counsel and a panelist in FINRA arbitrations.

Business Litigation

Mr. Rose regularly appears in federal and state courts in a variety of matters, often involving fraud allegations. He is expert in RICO prosecution and defense, both civil and criminal. His clients have included individuals and businesses named in qui tam suits and FDIC actions. He has successfully defended claims of libel, defamation, breaches of fiduciary duties, unfair business practices and professional negligence.

Regulatory and Investigative Advice

Part of Mr. Rose's practice stresses avoidance and prevention of criminal conduct within corporations. He advises and represents clients experiencing grand jury subpoenas, search warrants and Civil Investigative Demands. He also conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporations suspected of improper conduct, such as FCPA, illegal stock options, conflicts of interest and misstatements of scientific advances.


Mr. Rose counsels companies with the questions that directors and management should be asking to assure the best protection for customer information, financial data, trade secrets, customer lists, etc., that are vulnerable to hacking from outside and misappropriation from within. He works with businesses which have suffered from data breaches that must be repaired, losses that must be mitigated and the civil and criminal exposures.


Mr. Rose has represented a university ER physician targeted for VA program fraud; an organ transplant surgeon targeted in a DOJ investigation of UNOS reporting deficiencies; a psychologist facing license loss based on improper patient contacts; a methadone clinic owner being investigated for fraud; surgeons needed as witnesses in an investigation of a manufacturer's misrepresentations of off-label use.

Class Actions and Derivative Suits

Mr. Rose has significant experience in a variety of class actions involving securities and employment issues. He represented former executives of a publicly traded computer manufacturer in consolidated class actions arising from restatements of earnings and insurance company executives sued for investment losses.

Public Corruption

Mr. Rose represented the key witness and co-defendant in the prosecution of Las Vegas and San Diego elected officials for accepting money to protect his strip club businesses. He successfully defended a municipal union leader serving on San Diego's employer retirement board, charged with conflict of interest for his role on a city contribution measure.



Mr. Rose has represented: Samsung Electronics; Sequenom; Sempra Energy Solutions; PerkinElmer; Vivid Technologies, Inc.; Trusthouse Forte; Baldwin Enterprises, Inc.; Pacific Ship Repair & Fabrication, Inc.; City of Banning, California; San Diego Unified Port District; Handlery Hotels; Hana Bank; Copley Press; Host International; International Rectifier.



AV® rating from Martindale Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2019

San Diego Super Lawyer, 2015-2018

Southern California Super Lawyer, 2007-2014

San Diego's Top Attorneys, San Diego Magazine, 2007-2008, 2012-2014

Voted one of San Diego's top white collar defense lawyers, San Diego Magazine, 2007-2008

Voted Top Ten Criminal Defense Lawyers, San Diego Daily Transcript, 2005

Outstanding Trial Lawyer, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, 1998

Special Achievement Award, United States Department of Justice, 1985

Honors Program, United States Department of Justice, 1974

Regents Scholar, U.C.L.A., 1967-1971



Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "The Art of Storytelling," 40th Annual Seminar of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, October 2013
  • Moderator, "What to Expect When You're Expecting To Go To Jail," Southern District of California Judicial Conference in San Diego, June 2013
  • Speaker, "Going Paperless: What Are the Legal Issues?" 2008 International Factoring Association Conference, April 2008
  • Speaker, "Criminalization of Non-Compliance: How General Counsels Protect Their Companies and Themselves," California Law Roundtable, June 2007
  • "Compliance From a Multidisciplinary Perspective," ACC America panelist, March 17, 2005
  • Moderator, "Practice Before the Federal Magistrate Judges," ABTL program, October 2004, June 2008, and March 2013
  • Creator and Panelist, "Business Crimes and Their Collateral Consequences," California CEB statewide program (1995-1996, 2002)
  • Instructor, "Federal Criminal Processes" course, University of San Diego Law School (1982)
  • Lecturer, Attorney General's Advocacy Institute (1983-1984)




Former Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference

Former Board Member, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, San Diego Chapter

Former Member, Southern District of California Magistrate Judge Review Committee



J.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1974

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1971, cum laude


  • California
  • All Federal Districts of California
  • N.D. of Illinois
  • Seventh, Ninth, Tenth and Federal Circuits
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