Robert F. Muse Partner

T: 202.661.0927


Bob has an extensive background in civil and criminal litigation.

He has achieved some of the largest plaintiffs' verdicts in the Washington metropolitan area, including experience on Benedi v. McNeil. He has tried over a hundred cases to judgment or verdict, including product liability claims, wrongful death actions, fraud, professional malpractice, and other civil tort actions, as well as numerous white collar criminal defense cases.

  • Partner, Stein Mitchell Muse Cipollone & Beato LLP  from 1983 to present (joined firm, then Stein, Mitchell & Mezines in 1979)
  • Staff Attorney, DC Public Defender Service, 1974-1979
  • Staff Attorney with the Senate Watergate Committee, 1973-1974
  • General Counsel, Special Senate Committee to Investigate Hurricane Katrina, 2005-2006
  • Counsel to both Democratic and Republican United States Senators, as well as other Members of Congress and staff
  • Counsel to key witnesses in the Iran-Contra investigation
  • Chairperson, DC Bar Committee inquiry on review of the relationship between the judiciary and court-appointed counsel, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 1994 (The Muse Commission)
  • Co-Chairperson of the Criminal Practice Institute, District of Columbia Bar
  • Counsel to lawyers in the Department of Justice in various investigations
  • Counsel in more than 30 personal injury matters resulting in verdicts or settlements in excess of $1 million
  • Extensive grand jury experience, including Morrison v. Olson, 487 U.S. 654, 1988
  • Conducted in-house investigations relating to allegations of fraud, sexual harassment and ethical violations
  • Counsel to individual executives in the "Ill Winds" defense procurement fraud investigation
  • Counsel to numerous executives in procurement fraud and false claim investigations by the Department of Justice
  • Counsel to numerous executives in federal anti-trust criminal cases re: electrical contracting industry, road paving industry, and soft drink industry
  • Counsel to primary target in the White House FBI files case
  • Counsel to individuals or corporations in virtually every Independent Counsel Act investigation
  • Counsel in District of Columbia's only judicial bribery case (United States v. Campbell, et al.)
  • Counsel in various espionage cases and litigation involving classified information
  • Counsel in various cases involving civil and criminal RICO claims
  • Counsel in US vs. Ranbaxy. The largest generic drug whistleblower settlement in history.

Honors & Awards

Keynote speaker, 50th Anniversary Dinner of the American Criminal Law Review (2013)

Keynote speaker, Georgetown Human Rights Institute, Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights (2011)

Listed in the Best Lawyers® and SuperLawyers® and the Washingtonian Magazine as one of the best lawyers in Washington, DC for criminal defense work and civil litigation.

Robert F. Muse Best Lawyers

Listed in the Top 100 Irish American Lawyers in America by Irish America Magazine.

Community & Professional Activities

Board of Visitors – Georgetown Law Center

Board of Trustees – Emmanuel College

American College of Trial Lawyers, Member

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center (courses: Trial Practice; Congressional Investigations seminar)

Instructor, Harvard Law School

Instructor, DC Bar Trial Practice program

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  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts


  • Law Clerk, Honorable Frank J. Murray, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1972 – 1973)


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.

Boston College, B.S., Finance