Robert is a partner in the New York office of Morrison Mahoney. His practices focuses on cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, providing advisory services relating to compliance with federal, state and International laws (e.g., HIPAA, HITECH, GDPR, CCPA, NY State DFS Cybersecurity Regulation, GLBA, COPPA and FTCA); development of best practices, policies and standards to help ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations; creation of written information security programs, data breach incident response plans, data security policies, third-party vendor agreements and employee and senior executive level cybersecurity and data protection training; navigation of applicable federal and state breach notification laws; corporate governance and integrity policies relating to the development and implementation of cybersecurity and data protection programs, as well as services relating to cyber incident prevention, detection, mitigation, remediation and responses to administrative enforcement inquiries and actions resulting from cyber-events. Robert’s cybersecurity practice also includes representing clients in litigation arising from cyber-incidents. He also provides counsel concerning cyber insurance and related underwriting and coverage issues.
Robert is a member of the Information Technology and Cyber Law Committee of the New York City Bar and frequently lectures, presents and serves as a panelist at national, international and industry based conferences on a wide range of cybersecurity, data protection and privacy issues. In addition, he is a regular contributor to the firm’s Cybersecurity Newsletter and writes extensively on the subject. Robert has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal on the impact of breaking cybersecurity developments.
In addition, Robert concentrates in insurance fraud law, including assisting and advising insurance companies in detecting, deterring, preventing and prosecuting medical mills formed to exploit New York State and other state No-Fault laws. He has represented insurers in dozens of affirmative recovery and/or declaratory judgment actions, filed in federal and state courts, to recoup money paid to medical clinics and healthcare providers that operated under illegal corporate structures, were fraudulently incorporated, engaged in illegal self-referral and kickback schemes, billed for medical services that were never rendered, the performance of unnecessary diagnostic testing and treatment and/or that were otherwise engaged in fraudulent billing practices. As part of his insurance fraud practice, he provides advisory services and assists in the development of insurance fraud programs that comply with applicable laws and regulations. With respect to issues arising under the New York State No-fault law, Robert provides the firm’s clients with coverage opinions and prepares responses to regulatory inquiries and administrative actions.
Robert has authored and co-authored numerous articles on insurance fraud. He has also lectured before national and international organizations concerning insurance fraud issues, including the International Association of Special Investigations Unit (IASIU) and New Jersey Special Investigative Associations (NJSIA). In addition, he has participated in insurance fraud workshops, trained insurance claims and investigative personnel and has been invited to speak before a number of insurance focus groups, roundtable gatherings, blue-ribbon panels and executive meetings. He is counsel to the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud (NYAAIF).
Additionally, Robert represents the firm's clients in connection with first-party and third-party fraudulent bodily injury claims, auto theft, arson, life and health insurance fraud, staged accidents and staged theft loses, insurance coverage litigation, first and third party bad faith litigation and complex litigation.
- "Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Organization from the Dreaded Breach," American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM) webinar, November 7, 2018
- "The Difference Between Pseudonymization and Anonymization Under GDPR," White Collar Crime Tech Conference (WCCT), March 2018
- "Emerging Cyber Fraud Issues," Insurance Fraud Managements Conference (IFM), March 2018
- "Cybersecurity Regulatory Enforcement & Emerging Case Law Developments," Client Training Seminar, August 21, 2017
- "The Increasing Threat of Cyber Related Insurance Fraud Schemes," Insurance Fraud Management Conference, March 14, 2017
- "NY Appellate Term Dismisses DME Provider’s Complaint Due to Noncompliance with Insurer's Request for Additional Verification," LinkedIn article, April 29, 2019
- “NY App. Div., 4th Dept., Splits with 1st Dept., Holding the No-fault 30-day Rule Applies to Denials Based on EUO No-show,” LinkedIn article, November 20, 2018
- "Scammers evolve tactics for medical equipment, sham clinics, nerve tests," Coalition Against Insurance Fraud's Journal of Insurance Fraud in America (JIFA) April 25, 2017
- New York City Bar Association, Information Technology and Cyber Law Committee
- Chair, Privacy Subcommittee
- New York State Bar Association
- New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud (NYAAIF), Counsel
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)