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Partner - Ross H. Garber

Ross H. Garber


Hartford: (860) 251-5901
Washington, DC: (202) 469-7750
Hartford Office, Washington, DC Office
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Ross Garber co-chairs the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Group, and he oversees the firm’s International Trade practice.

Ross regularly conducts internal investigations into allegations of misconduct. His clients have included multi-national corporations, public agencies, and non-profits.  

Ross has also represented numerous corporations, executives, professionals, and public officials and agencies in connection with investigations by law enforcement, regulators and legislative bodies.  Among his clients have been three governors facing impeachment proceedings: Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama, Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Gov. John Rowland of Connecticut. 

In his International Trade practice, Ross oversees a team that helps U.S. exporters navigate the complex and challenging regulatory environment so that they can expand their sales abroad.  In 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce presented Ross and his team with the Presidential “E Award” for their work in growing U.S. exports.

Ross has conducted crisis management training for the National Governors' Association and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, investigations training for Congressional staff, and seminars for the Associated Press and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) on covering high-profile investigations. He regularly conducts training for the U.S. Department of Commerce on issues related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He is a contributing author of the book Ethical Standards in the Public Sector (ABA Press 2008).

Ross was chief counsel to two governors of Connecticut and was a member of the current governor’s transition team. He has served as Chair of the Connecticut Judicial Review Council, which is responsible for the investigation and discipline of state judges, and was a member of the state’s Judicial Selection Commission. He was appointed by Chief Judges for the U.S. District Court to serve on Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panels and on the District’s Attorney Grievance Committee.

Ross was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny.


  • AV Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer® Criminal Defense: White Collar; 2006-2016
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: White-Collar Criminal Defense; 2012-2017; Corporate Compliance Law; 2013-2017, Corporate Governance Law; 2013, 2015-2017
  • Named "Lawyer of the Year" (2015, 2017): Best Lawyers Hartford Region Corporate Governance Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council (appointed by Secretary of Commerce)
  • Former National Co-Chair, White Collar Crime Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Former Regional Co-Chair, White Collar Crime Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chair, Public Corruption Subcommittee of the American Bar Association
  • Former Co-Chair, Transnational Crime Subcommittee of the American Bar Association
  • Member, Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee (appointed by Chief U.S. District Judge), 2014, 2015
  • Chair, Connecticut Judicial Review Council (appointed by Governor); 2007- 2010
  • Member, Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission (appointed by Governor), 2000 - 2002
  • Member, Executive Committee, Federal Practice Section of the Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Grievance Committee (appointed by Chief U.S. District Judge) 2006 - 2012
  • Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Connecticut Legal Services
  • Board of Directors, Connecticut Foundation for Open Government
  • Board of Directors, UConn Law School Foundation

Public Corruption Prosecutions and Investigations

Defense in public corruption prosecutions and investigations, including those related to misuse of public office and bribery.

International Trade and FCPA Investigations

Representation of clients in investigations of possible violations of FCPA, export, customs, and trade sanctions laws.


Government Investigations
Internal Investigation Regarding Potential State and Federal Environmental Violations
Successful Affiliation of Two Major Healthcare Organizations
Subprime Mortgage Investigations
Public Corruption Prosecutions and Investigations
Investigations of Marketing Practices
Subprime Mortgage Fraud
International Emergency Economic Powers Act Criminal Case
Hedge Fund regulatory inquiries
Accusation of improperly distributing medication over the internet
Allegations of improprieties on public works project
Medicaid Managed Care Litigation
Recovery of over $61 Million of Fraud and Abuse Claims
Allegations of fraud
Negotiation of settlement on behalf of universities and colleges under investigation
International Trade and FCPA Investigations
Regulatory Matters
Antitrust Investigations and Litigation
Criminal and Regulatory Investigations
Allegations of improper compensation
Insider Trading Investigations
Criminal Immigration Case
117-Count, Multi-Defendant RICO and Tax Fraud
Allegations of improper endorsements of vendors
False Claims Act Cases Against Multi-National Military Contractor
Investigations of Subprime Mortgage Issues
Federal Trade Commission Civil Action
Accusations of billing improprieties
Health Care Fraud Case
Investigations of Medical Treatment Guidelines
Enforcement of the Connecticut Antitrust Act
Criminal and Regulatory Investigation
Case of First Impression of Governor's Attorney-Client Privilege
National Settlement of Allegations of Steering
False Claims Act Case


February 8, 2016  Changes to Iran Sanctions Provide a Few Business Opportunities, but Many Hurdles
May 29, 2015  Conn. Firm Wins National Award for Facilitating Exports
July 10, 2014  Enforcement Likely to Rise Following Implementation of Export Reform
January 28, 2014  Year Of The Sting: Criminal Export Enforcement In 2013
January 23, 2014  Compliance Tips for Entering the Turkish Market
December 4, 2013  Weatherford International Agrees to Pay $253 Million to Settle Alleged Violations of Export Controls Regulations
December 4, 2013  Imminent Changes to the U.S. Munitions and Commerce Control Lists Require Attention
December 4, 2013  OFAC Fines Alabama Financial Institution $19,125 for Violating the Sudanese Sanctions Regulations
November 21, 2013  CCM Joins Rocky Hill's Fight Against State-Backed Nursing Home
October 2, 2013  Aerospace Manufacturers: Imminent Changes to the U.S. Munitions and Commerce Control Lists Require Attention
September 17, 2013  State Department's Back-To-Back Multi-Million Dollar Settlements Emphasize Liabilities for Improper Export Jurisdiction Determinations
September 13, 2013  Illegal Arms Export Scheme Implicates American Law Enforcement Officers
July 10, 2013  Chinese Regulators and Law Enforcement Officials Expand Oversight of Foreign Companies and Personnel
January 23, 2012  Feds Targeting White Collar Crime
January 20, 2012  Connecticut Hedge Funds Targeted In Insider Trading Probes
May 1, 2011  Privilege In Jeopardy
September 15, 2010  Commentary: Public Corruption Prosecutions After Skilling
September/October 2010  Honest Services
September/October 2009  Gathering Defense Evidence Abroad
July 10, 2009  U.S. Employers Face Crackdown for Unauthorized Workers
2008  Ethical Standards in the Public Sector
December 17, 2007  Internal Investigations
July 16, 2007  Feel the Chill: ICE Targets Employers for Immigration Violations
April 2007  Ignorance That Isn't Bliss
Summer 2005  A Privileged Relationship? Public Lawyers, Take Heed


October 18, 2016  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers
August 23, 2016  Eight Firm Attorneys Receive "Lawyer of the Year" Honors
August 15, 2016  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
October 19, 2015  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Super Lawyers
August 17, 2015  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 40 Firm Attorneys
June 15, 2015  Garber Speaks at Nat'l. Assoc. of Criminal Defense Lawyers Conference
May 19, 2015  Firm Receives Presidential Recognition of Excellence in Advancing International Trade
April 6, 2015  International Trade Attorneys Featured in U.S. Dept. of Commerce Webinar Series
October 17, 2014  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Super Lawyers
October 2, 2014  NFL Investigations Call for Caution, Garber Tells AP
August 18, 2014  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 39 Firm Attorneys
January 31, 2014  Criminal Export Enforcement Article Published by Law360
January 13, 2014  Roundtable to Feature UK Aerospace Market
October 23, 2013  Garber Moderator at Nat'l White Collar Defense Seminar
October 21, 2013  CT Attorneys Recognized as 2013 Super Lawyers
August 15, 2013  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 35 Firm Attorneys
June 14, 2013  Garber Recognized for Service to Federal Court
October 22, 2012  "Super Lawyers" Recognizes 51 Lawyers from Firm
August 24, 2012  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 37 Firm Attorneys
January 23, 2012  Ross Garber quoted in CT Law Tribune article, "Feds Targeting White Collar Crime."
November 2011  Ross Garber Featured in Super Lawyers 2011-2012 Cover Story Entitled "Unimpeachable"
September 2, 2011  "Best Lawyers in America" Recognizes 30 Lawyers from the Firm
April 2011  35 Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named a "Top Lawyer" in Hartford County
February 23, 2011  Shipman & Goodwin Receives Award from U.S. Department of Commerce
October 28, 2010  "Super Lawyers" Recognizes 47 Lawyers From Shipman & Goodwin LLP
September 23, 2010  "Best Lawyers In America" Recognizes 27 Lawyers from Shipman & Goodwin LLP
June 18, 2010  Shipman & Goodwin Attorney Enters Attorney General Race
March 17, 2010  Attorney Ross Garber to Deliver Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture at Albany Law School
January 4, 2010  Attorney Ross Garber, Go-to Guy for Governors
October 27, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2010 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
March 2, 2009  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars and Featured in Connecticut Magazine
November 7, 2008  Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named 2009 Connecticut Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
April 25, 2008  Attorneys Named By Super Lawyers®
May 4, 2007  Task Force Targets Immigration
April 12, 2007  Law and Borders: Area Firm Forms Task Force on Immigration Issues
April 11, 2007  Intrigue Ends With Probation
May 29, 2006  Between A Rock And A Hard Place
February 1, 2006  Thirty-Five Shipman & Goodwin Attorneys Named Connecticut "Super Lawyers®"
July 1, 2004  Respected by Lawmakers, Garber Unsure of Future


June 12-14, 2016  Legal Aspects of Trade: What is at Risk, Why Do We Care, What are We Doing About it?
May 26, 2016  The Enforcement Maze: Over-Criminalizing American Enterprise
March 17, 2016  The International Concerns of Global Business in Aerospace and Defense
November 8-10, 2015   2015 Aerospace and Defense International Trade Summit
October 21-24, 2015  NACDL 11th Annual Defending the White Collar Case Seminar
September 3, 2015  IBA Regional Transnational Crime Conference
June 22,2015  Crisis Planning and Communications in the 21st Century
June 17-19  5th Annual West Coast White Collar Conference
June 5, 2015  Garber Speaks at National Conference on Reporters Protecting Themselves & Their Sources
May 27-29  24th Annual National Seminar on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines
May 12, 2015   Webinar: Site Visits, Enforcement Actions and Voluntary Disclosures
April 23, 2015   Webinar: FCPA: What Every Company Doing Business Abroad Needs to Know
September 21-23, 2014  Aerospace & Defense International Trade Summit
June 26-29, 2014  IRE: Investigating powerful institutions, inside & out
April 2, 2014  Alternative resolutions to criminal matters – DPAs, NPAs, and other resolutions – are they a blessing or a curse?
March 19-22, 2014  Third Annual White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson
February 13, 2014  Webinar: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Briefing
January 16, 2014  Roundtable - Supply Chain Opportunities in the UK Aerospace Market
October 24-25, 2013  NACDL 9th Annual Defending the White Collar Case Seminar
March 15, 2013  American Criminal Law Review 50th Anniversary Symposium
January 17, 2013  FCPA: What Every Company Doing Business Abroad Needs To Know
November 15-16, 2012  8th Annual White Collar Crime Seminar
October 5, 2012  Second Annual White Collar Criminal Defense College at Stetson
March 8, 2012  The 2012 Connecticut Conference on White Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations
February 3, 2012  ITAR & EAR: Understanding and Complying with US Export Controls
August 11, 2011  Insider Trading: Current Trends and Compliance Overview
April 28, 2011  Tele-Briefing: Latest Enforcement And Reform Developments Of The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
December 3, 2010  Webinar: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Briefing
November 3, 2010  Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) Briefing: What Every Company Doing Business Abroad Needs to Know
October 8, 2010  2010 District of Connecticut Bench-Bar Conference
September 30, 2010  Where Do We Go From Here? Honest Services Fraud and Public Corruption
May 11, 2010  Join Congressman Jim Himes and the U.S. Department of Commerce for an Important Roundtable
April 22, 2010  High Profile Clients and Cases-Managing the Press (formerly titled Sports Arbitration)
April 15, 2010  The Integrity of Public Service
October 23, 2009  Prosecutorial Overreaching? Implications for our Legal System
October 20, 2009  Covering Investigations
September 17, 2009  Foreign Evidence: Collecting It and Protecting It
August 19, 2009  Testimonial Traps: Defense Strategies for Invoking the 5th Amendment in Civil Cases, Investigations and Other Proceedings
June 8, 2009  Handling Investigations by the Attorney General
April 3, 2009  The Media's Role in Public Corruption Cases
February 19, 2009  International Payments: Risk and Fraud
February 13, 2009  Handling Investigations By State Attorneys General
January 27, 2009  Understanding US Export Controls: The Basics
October 16, 2008  Organized Crime: The Impact of Corruption and Terrorism on the Rule of Law and Public/Private Business
August 3, 2006  Deferred Prosecution Agreements
May 5, 2006  Talking to the Government: When, Why and How to Proffer
April 10, 2006  Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defence
March 10, 2006  Attorney-Client Privilege in Corporate Investigations
December 16, 2005  Everyday Ethics for Government Attorneys
December 7, 2005  Governmental Ethics Laws
October 14, 2005  Freedom of Information Laws
October 4, 2005  Fraud Examinations
June 16, 2005  Class Actions
May 4, 2005  Political Lawyering: A Discussion with a Former Whitewater Independent Counsel, a Former Special Counsel to President Clinton and a Former Counsel to the Office of the Governor of Connecticut
March 24, 2005  Minorities on the Bench
March 3, 2005  White Collar Crime
November 10, 2004  Young Lawyers
October 25, 2004  Connecticut Environmental Laws & Regulations
September 28, 2004  Crisis Management for the Business Lawyer
September 10, 2004  Crisis Management for Governors' Legal Counsel
February 25-March 3, 2006  White Collar Criminal Issues

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  • University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1992
  • University of Connecticut, B.A., 1989

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