Robert W. Kent, Jr.

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Robert Kent advises on matters related to business crimes, internal and government investigations and corporate compliance. Top-ranked in Chambers USA since 2012, clients note his extensive experience in complex global investigations, his deep understanding of FCPA matters, and his capability in compliance program advice.

Robert is a former chief of the Complex Fraud Section of the US Attorney’s Office in Chicago, supervising its white-collar crime prosecution program. He has successfully handled over 15 jury trials and 15 appellate arguments.

Practice Focus

Robert focuses on internal investigations, white-collar criminal defense, corporate compliance and complex civil litigation. He has represented numerous corporations and individuals in government investigations and proceedings. He has also counselled many corporate clients on improvements to their compliance programs, anti-corruption due diligence in advance of mergers and acquisitions, and responses to data security breaches.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Conducted internal investigations to resolve allegations of violations of the FCPA and other anti-corruption laws for companies in the defense, healthcare, communications, public relations, manufacturing, telecom, automotive, electric power, oil and gas, food processing and freight-forwarding industries.
  • Obtained a full declination for a global defense contractor from the DOJ and the SEC in an FCPA investigation arising from a USD 1 million bribe scheme executed at the company's China subsidiary.
  • Represented two financial institutions in negotiating non-prosecution agreements with the DOJ in connection with tax fraud allegations.
  • Represented an engineering firm in negotiating a non-prosecution agreement with the DOJ in connection with trade secret theft allegations.
  • Acted for a professional services firm in obtaining a full declination from the DOJ in connection with a False Claims Act investigation.
  • Represented a manufacturing company and a healthcare company before the SEC in connection with investigations into accounting fraud allegations.
  • Conducted internal investigations to resolve allegations of fraud and theft for companies in the manufacturing, real estate, medical diagnostics, information services, advertising and travel industries.
  • Advised companies in multiple industries on compliance program design and implementation.
  • Represented numerous individuals in government investigations of alleged corruption, healthcare fraud, securities fraud, commodities fraud, tax fraud and antitrust violations.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers - Member
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics - Member
  • Leadership Greater Chicago - Fellow


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)~United States (1990)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit~United States (1987)
  • Illinois~United States (1985)
  • California~United States (1982)


  • Stanford Law School (J.D.) (1983)
  • Princeton University (B.A. Public Affairs) (1980)


  • English


Interviewed, "Baker & McKenzie Partner Robert Kent on the New World of FCPA Enforcement," Corporate Crime Reporter, December 2016

Author, "The First 6 Months of FCPA Pilot Program: 10 Lessons Learned," Law 360, October 2016

Author, "Harris Corp. FCPA Declination is First of its Kind," Law 360, September 2016