Robert D. Joffe is a Partner in the Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Litigation Department. Mr. Joffe has extensive litigation and counseling experience in the areas of antitrust, securities, corporate governance, and complex contractual arrangements. Since 1978, he has been involved in antitrust, copyright, commercial and securities litigation and counseling for Time Inc., Home Box Office, Time Warner Cable, and Time Warner Inc. He is currently advising a number of corporate boards, including Fannie Mae, Merrill Lynch, and General Motors.
Mr. Joffe is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Board of Directors and Vice Chair of Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), the Board of Directors and Chair of The After School Corporation, the Board of Directors of Franklin Resources, Inc. (and Chair of its Governance Committee), Fiduciary Trust Company International, the Harvard Law School Dean’s Advisory Board, and The Governor’s First Judicial Department Judicial Screening Committee. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Romanian American Enterprise Fund (appointed by President Clinton).
Mr. Joffe received the Legal Aid Society’s Servant of Justice Award, the Fund for Modern Courts’ John J. McCloy award, and the American Jewish Committee’s Learned Hand Award. And, in 1992 he was recognized by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for Distinguished Leadership in helping secure passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1991. He was cited as being one of the country’s preeminent practitioners in the antitrust arena in Chambers USA 2007: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
He received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard College in 1964, and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1967, where he was Case Note Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights/Civil Liberties Law Review. From 1967 to 1969, after a few months at Cravath, he served in the Ministry of Justice of the Government of Malawi on an Africa Asia Public Service Fellowship funded by the Ford Foundation. He rejoined Cravath in 1969 and became a partner in 1975. He was elected Deputy Presiding Partner in November 1997, and elected Presiding Partner as of January 1, 1999. Mr. Joffe served as Presiding Partner until December 31, 2006, at which point he returned to the full time practice of law.