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Robert Scheef is a principal in the New York office of McKool Smith. Robert focuses on complex business litigation, with a particular emphasis on disputes involving complex financial products, corporate governance, securities law, and consumer law.  He also has significant experience defending companies in civil and criminal government investigations and enforcement proceedings involving federal and state securities laws and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Robert is co-chair of the firm’s mortgage-backed securities task force and regularly represents hedge funds and institutional investors in pursuing recoveries on MBS portfolios. 


Representative Matters

Prior to joining McKool Smith:

  • Represented an insurance company in its $10 billion lawsuit against Bank of America alleging fraud and securities law violations in the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities.
  • Represented a hedge fund in pursuing claims for the repurchase of mortgages worth more than $2 billion due to breaches of contractual representations and warranties.
  • Obtained complete dismissal of the New York attorney general’s Martin Act claims against a “Main Street” financial services firm relating to its auction rate securities practices.
  • In a multijurisdictional dispute between a real estate investment trust and former co-owners of a portfolio company, obtained summary judgment on breach of contract claims asserted by—and dismissal of breach of contract and fiduciary duty claims asserted against—the investment trust.
  • Successfully defended a consumer reporting agency in multiple actions against Fair Credit Reporting Act and defamation claims. Actions were favorably settled or voluntarily dismissed after limited discovery.


Rankings & Honors

  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" in New York by Super Lawyers, 2013

Media & Events



  • "Temporal Dynamics in Statutory Interpretation: Courts, Congress and the Canon of Constitutional Avoidance"
    64 U. Pitt L. Rev. 529, 2004
  • Note, "Public Citizens and the Constitution: Bridging the Gap Between Popular Sovereignty and Original Intent"
    69 Fordham L. Rev. 2201, 2002


J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law, 2002

  • Order of the Coif
  • Notes and articles editor, Fordham Law Review

B.S., cum laude, Business Administration, Boston University School of Management, 1993

Court Admissions

  • The State of New York
  • The District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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