Robert L. Begleiter is a founding partner of Constantine Cannon and the former Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Begleiter received a B.A. with honors from the College of the City of New York in 1968, and a J.D. from New York University Law School in 1972. After graduating from law school, Mr. Begleiter worked as an attorney for five years with Brooklyn Legal Services.
Mr. Begleiter specializes in commercial civil litigation. His representations have included:
In 1977, Mr. Begleiter joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, becoming Chief of the Civil Division in 1985. During Mr. Begleiter’s nine-year tenure as Chief of the Civil Division, he was the first-line supervisor responsible for management of the Division’s 42 attorneys and all of its litigation — in excess of 1,000 cases a year. As Chief of the Division, he guided its growth and direction from an Office that primarily defended the United States to one in the forefront of affirmative civil law enforcement. The Civil Division became a leader in such areas as asset forfeiture, Civil RICO, and False Claims Act litigation. Mr. Begleiter led the government’s efforts to reform the Long Island carting industry, to remove corruption from several labor locals (including locals at Kennedy Airport), and to oversee the collection of more than $300,000,000 in forfeited assets, False Claims Act recoveries and other types of monetary relief for the United States. Mr. Begleiter defended the United States in the class action brought by Haitian immigrants detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He also received the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award.
From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Begleiter was a pro tem Administrative Law Judge hearing cases arising from the Fulton Fish Market. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor and Instructor at Brooklyn Law School and has lectured before law enforcement agencies and Bar Associations on diverse topics. Mr. Begleiter has been an active member of the Federal Bar Council, served as a director of the Federal Bar Foundation, he has chaired the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Begleiter has sat on the board of the N.Y. Federal Defenders and is currently on the Board of Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A.
From 2011-2014, he was a senior partner at Schlam Stone and Dolan. Since October 2014, he is again a partner at Constantine Cannon.
Mr. Begleiter is admitted to practice in: