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Partner - Ross H. Garber

Ross H. Garber

Partner

Hartford: (860) 251-5901
Washington, DC: (202) 469-7750
rgarber@goodwin.com
Hartford Office, Washington, DC Office
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Ross Garber is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group, co-chairs its Government Investigations and White Collar Crime Group, and oversees the firm’s International Trade practice. In addition to litigating significant business disputes, Ross conducts internal investigations and represents clients in investigations and prosecutions by federal and state law enforcement agencies and regulators. His clients have included multi-national corporations, federal and state public officials and agencies, executives, and professionals. He has also represented two governors in impeachment proceedings - Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Gov. John Rowland of Connecticut.

Ross has conducted numerous internal investigations for companies and boards of directors. Recent investigations have related to potential executive misconduct, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, export and trade issues, antitrust matters, violations of securities laws, insider trading, financial fraud and environmental violations.

Ross represents clients in investigations by federal and state law enforcement officials and regulators, including the Department of Justice; SEC; FTC; FINRA; the State Department; state attorneys general; and state securities regulators. He also represents clients in investigations by Congress and state legislatures.

Ross also represents individuals in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. In most cases, clients avoid prosecution entirely. When such a resolution is not possible, however, Ross is an effective advocate for his clients in the courtroom. In a recent federal criminal trial in which Ross represented a land developer, the jury acquitted on 7 of 9 counts, including all charges relating to bank fraud. In another recent trial involving healthcare and insurance fraud allegations brought by a state attorney general, the state withdrew its case after the first day of evidence. In 2009, Ross represented the Office of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford in connection with impeachment proceedings. Following hearings before a special committee of the South Carolina House of Representatives, the committee voted overwhelmingly not to impeach the governor. Recently, Ross represented a high-profile journalist in a national security leak investigation.

In addition to his government investigations practice, Ross also represents clients in high-stakes civil litigation, including class actions.

Ross has conducted crisis management training for the National Governors' Association, 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.

Ross is the Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has served as Co-Chair of the ABA Subcommittees on Transnational Crime and Public Corruption. 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 as a member of the state’s Judicial Selection Commission. He was appointed by Chief Judges for the U.S. District Court to serve on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel and on the District’s Attorney Grievance Committee.

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

Distinctions

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, U.S. Department of Commerce District Export Council (appointed by Secretary of Commerce)
  • 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
  • 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.

Publications

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

News

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

Events

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

Practice Areas

Industries & Featured Services

Education

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

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
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