Robert B. Fiske, Jr., Esquire
2016 Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Award for Professionalism and Ethics
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Robert B. Fiske, Jr., Esquire, has been selected to receive the prestigious Lewis F. Powell. Jr., Award for Professionalism and Ethics by the American Inns of Court. The award will be presented at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in November; the event will be hosted by Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.
Fiske is senior counsel in the litigation department at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, NY, specializing in professional liability, securities, product liability, and white-collar crime. He has tried many cases concerning a wide variety of industries and areas of the law in courts across the country. He represented Clark Clifford and Robert Altman in investigations of their role in the BCCI matter; and Exxon in the New York and New Jersey investigations of the Arthur Kill oil spill. Fiske served as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation in 1994, appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno. He published a memoir, Prosecutor, Defender, Counselor, in 2014.
Fiske was a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York from 1957 to 1960, serving as U.S. Attorney from 1976 to 1980 and as chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. He personally handled notable cases in organized crime, and represented Attorney General Griffin B. Bell in connection with contempt proceedings in the Socialist Workers Party litigation.
An inaugural member of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court, Fiske has been active in the Inn’s mentoring program. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. His professional awards include the New York City Bar Association Medal and the Fordham-Stein Prize, 2007; The American Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008; and Michigan Law School Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011.
Fiske received his bachelor of arts degree from Yale College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as associate editor of the Law Review. He also has an LL.D from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the bars of the states of New York and Michigan as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.