Robert Y. Altchiler

  • Adjunct Professor


BS, State University of New York at Albany (business school)
JD, George Washington University Law School
National Criminal Defense College
National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Harvard Teacher Training Program

Adjunct Professor Robert Altchiler is the founder and principal of Altchiler LLC. Robert's practice focuses primarily in the areas of white collar criminal investigations, corporate investigations, litigation, tax, and general corporate counseling. Professor Altchiler has successfully defended individuals and corporations in a wide array of multifaceted investigations in areas such as mortgage fraud, securities fraud, tax fraud, International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR), racketeering, continuing criminal enterprises, and circumvention of trade restrictions, among many others. In recent years, Professor Altchiler's practice has expanded considerably and now encompasses entertainment, intellectual property and media matters.

In 1988, Professor Altchiler started his legal career as a prosecutor in New York City, where he handled a wide array of cases and headed up a variety of different investigations. In addition to trying several dozen serious cases, ranging from murder to fraud to narcotics violations, he also ran wiretap and grand jury investigations involving money laundering and other financial crimes, as well as a wiretap and investigation concerning a plot to assassinate a prominent New York City judge. In 2010, Professor Altchiler LLC joined a strategic alliance with CMLG, Cornwall Street Chambers' preeminent Media Law Team located in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Through the alliance, Altchiler LLC and CMLG offered clients global representation designed to enhance the protection of clients' rights in the UK and United States. CMLG were the only barristers outside of London to offer such a unique service to the media and entertainment industry, and was recently voted the top media law firm in the UK.

In 2015 Professor Altchiler affiliated with Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, one of the oldest and most prestigious law firms in New York, where as Of Counsel he directs the White Collar and Government Investigations practice area, while continuing to run Altchiler LLC.

​ Professor Altchiler graduated from the George Washington University Law School (formerly, The National Law Center). Prior to GW, Robert graduated with honors from the Business School at the State University of New York at Albany in 1985. He is also a 1996 graduate of the National Criminal Defense College and a 1997 graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Harvard Teacher Training Program.

Professor Altchiler has been an adjunct law professor at Haub Law since 1998, where he teaches trial advocacy, a course designed to teach law students how to be trial lawyers. He has also been a featured participant and lecturer at Cardozo Law School's acclaimed Intensive Trial Advocacy Program in New York City, as well as a television legal commentator. He has also  been participating as a lecturer in the Educating Advocates Teaching Trial Advocacy Program (EATS) at Stetson Law School since 2013. At EATS, he teaches trial advocacy professors from law schools across the country how to better and more creatively teach their law students.