Robert W. Seiden is a former prosecutor, lawyer and global forensic investigator.
Robert is the founder and President of Confidential Global Investigations (“CGI”), a internationally recognized leader in investigating fraud, locating and marshaling assets and managing large scale asset recovery and corporate intelligence projects. CGI’s Director of International Investigations is the former Directorate of INTERPOL, Paul Higdon.
Robert was for 11 years a Senior Prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, New York City from 1988 to 1999, where he investigated and prosecuted cases of money laundering, fraud, embezzlement and other white collar and violent crimes. Since leaving government, Robert has successfully managed several investigation companies, including an Inc. 5000 firm. Robert has managed and conducted thousands of investigations in the past 25 years all around the world including in bankruptcy, corporate fraud, judgment enforcement and related.
Robert oversees CGI’s team of forensic investigators that includes forensic accountants, computer forensic experts, CPA’s, retired FBI agents, ex-intelligence officers, investigative analysts and field investigators throughout the globe, with concentration in China, Eastern Europe, off shore and in the Americas.
Robert also previously was appointed and served for 2 years as an Integrity Monitor by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey serving as the Deputy Managing Director for the integrity monitoring group investigation division that monitored compliance and investigated fraud, waste and abuse at the construction of the Freedom Tower in New York City at the site of the World Trade Center.
Over the past decade, Robert was chosen by the United States Department of State to participate in global presentations on international money laundering, terrorist financing and other international issues with leaders of government and law enforcement from Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Robert has been an invited speaker at industry-related conferences around the US on topics related to conducting investigations and finding hidden assets and has been a panel moderator at the International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Conference in Washington DC on the topic of Combating Online Counterfeits in 2012.
“Rob is a tenacious investigator and fiduciary with a seemingly endless stream of contacts throughout the globe willing at act for him on less than a moment’s notice. Rob’s outside the box thinking and dogged determination have made the impossible scenarios, possible and difficult scenarios, easy. He is a valuable asset for any firm and an indispensable part of my team on scores of foreign and domestic litigation.” – David Graff, Esq., Partner, Anderson Kill law firm, New York, New York (2015)
Robert has been published several times on issues related to conducting investigations. These include the following from the New York Law Journal:
“Private Investigator: Application of the Attorney-Client Privilege”. See: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/PubArticleNY.jsp?id=900005453918&Private_Investigator_Application_of_the_AttorneyClient
“How Lawyers and Investigators Work Together Post-Enron”. See: http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/PubArticleNY.jsp?id=900005415334&slreturn=2012081411432
Robert has also been cited in publications by the Practicing Law Institute (“PLI”). See: http://www.pli.edu/product_files/booksamples/601_sample9.pdf
Robert has appeared as a guest expert on broadcasts of MSNBC, CourtTV and FOX News and in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal on a variety of investigative issues.
Robert was chosen as the lead investigator in a massive multi-national fraud investigation involving the defalcation and laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars by individuals from a Lebanese bank that spread to recovery of assets in Geneva, Switzerland and other countries as well as judgments domesticated in New York and Maryland. The case received widespread international media attention and Robert and his team worked with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Europe to identify hidden assets. See: “Following the Old Money Trail” (US News & World Report, Ed Pound, March, 2005) and The New York Sun (Benny Avni, March 2006)
Robert has been chosen as a Court-Appointed Receiver to enforce Court Orders and Judgments of several courts in the United States, including in Delaware, New York and New Jersey, both state and federal level.
Robert was an elected Trustee of the public school Board of Education in Port Washington New York for 9 years, from 2002 to 2011, including three (3) years as the School Board President and currently still serves as the Chairman of the Port Washington Emergency Preparedness Committee and the Port Washington Legislative Task Force. Robert is currently the President of the not-for-profit Port Washington Crisis Relief Team. Robert was awarded the Hometown Hero award in 2012 for his efforts leading a volunteer group that helped thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York.
On a personal side, Robert also serves as a basketball coach at the local Catholic Youth Organization and is a past member of the Board of directors of Port Washington Senior Citizens Center for 6 years.
Robert is a Board member of American Red Cross and has volunteered for Red Cross of Nassau County after the 9/11 attacks as a volunteer at the World Trade Center site and has also volunteered for The American Red Cross of Greater New York at the Harlem Service Center at the annual youth conference.
Robert is the son of a former U.S. Marine who served in the Korean War. Robert grew up in Brooklyn, New York, attended NYC public schools and is a graduate of New York University (BA, 1985) and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law (JD, 1988) (Dr. Samuel Belkin Scholar). He has been admitted to the New York State bar since 1989.
Robert is a licensed investigator by the State of New York Department of State Division of Licensing Services.