Roberto J. Gonzalez is a partner at Paul Weiss. He is a litigation partner with government experience spanning OFAC sanctions, anti-money laundering (AML), consumer financial protection, cybersecurity and Dodd-Frank.
As Deputy General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department, Roberto supervised more than a hundred lawyers—including the legal offices of OFAC and FinCEN—in the areas of sanctions/AML, cybersecurity, and financial regulation. Previously, he was Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where he advised the Director on all rulemakings, enforcement actions, and significant supervisory matters. Before that, he served as Associate White House Counsel and Special Assistant to President Obama, where he counseled on financial reform and homeland security issues and represented the White House in congressional investigations. He previously served as a law clerk on the U.S. Supreme Court.
With his multi-faceted government experience, Roberto helps clients navigate high-stakes government investigations and provides strategic counseling on compliance issues and crisis management. He also represents clients in litigation involving financial services, complex regulatory schemes and novel legal issues.
Roberto speaks and writes frequently on sanctions/AML, cybersecurity, compliance and financial regulation. His publications have appeared in the National Law Journal, the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, and the Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Market.
Roberto was named a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal, a “Rising Star in Banking” by Law360 and a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the National Hispanic Bar Association. His joining of Paul, Weiss was covered in The New York Times and Law360. At Treasury, Secretary Jacob J. Lew awarded Roberto the Treasury Medal in recognition of his accomplishments and leadership as Deputy General Counsel.