Robin Rathmell

Robin Rathmell, Co-Chair of Kasowitz’s International Disputes team, is a renowned international litigator representing high-net-worth individuals and institutions in litigation involving allegations of fraud, money laundering and other forms of misconduct.  Dual-qualified as an English barrister and U.S. lawyer, Rob formulates offensive and defensive global litigation strategies for international clients, including in relation to civil and criminal asset forfeiture, trusts, commercial and insolvency litigation, INTERPOL, and international sanctions regimes.  He also has extensive experience handling parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements.

Rob's engagements span multiple jurisdictions, legal systems and asset-holding structures.  Recently, Rob has acted as counsel in cases involving the world’s key offshore financial centers, as well as Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas.  In addition to his regular interface with U.S. regulatory and intelligence agencies, Rob has extensive experience coordinating legal strategies in matters involving actions brought by non-U.S. authorities, requiring sensitive negotiations with government agencies across multiple jurisdictions.

Described in Chambers as “a fantastic lawyer” who is “great at solving clients’ problems” and “very astute in dealing with cross-border proceedings,” and in Legal 500 as a “go-to person whenever the most difficult knots need undoing” who is a “a master of several different areas,” Rob has led numerous high-profile matters spanning multiple jurisdictions, legal systems and asset-holding structures, involving all of the world’s key offshore financial centers.  He is ranked Band 1 for Financial Crime: High Net Worth Individuals in the UK in Chambers’ High Net Worth Guide.  Rob is recognized as a Leading Litigator in America by Lawdragon and ranked as a leading lawyer in The Legal 500, Spear’s 500, Legal Week’s Private Client Global Elite,’s Private Client Global Elite, Who’s Who Legal and Citywealth.  His rankings are in diverse practice areas reflecting the breadth of his practice including white collar defense, international litigation, trusts litigation, reputation management and private client litigation.

Prior to joining Kasowitz, Rob was a partner at an international litigation firm.  Before that, he practiced as a barrister at Serle Court in London. At Serle Court, he focused on offshore trusts disputes and international commercial litigation and appeared as an advocate in 15+ trials and 100+ contested hearings.  He is a Trusts and Estates practitioner of STEP, a Fellow of the International Compliance Association and a “Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist” of ACAMS.