Robert F. Muse


Bob Muse is a partner at Levy Firestone Muse LLP and one of Washington’s leading trial lawyers.  A fixture of the D.C. legal community for many years, Bob has represented clients in some of the highest profile civil, criminal and congressional matters.

Bob practices in federal and state courts across the country and has tried more than 100 cases to judgment.  A long-time member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Bob is listed in Best Lawyers, Lawyers of Distinction, Super Lawyers and Washingtonian magazine as one of the best lawyers in Washington, DC, for criminal defense work and civil litigation. He is considered to be one of the Top 100 Irish American Lawyers by Irish America magazine; in 2016, he was included in the 23rd edition of Best Lawyers in America for white collar criminal defense and personal injury litigation; in 2020, he was included in the Top 1% of America’s Most Honored Lawyers by American Registry; and in 2020 and 2021, he was rated AV Preeminent for 35 Years (the highest possible peer review rating in legal ability and ethical standards) by Martindale Hubbell.

His clients have included Senator Bob Packwood, Senator Howard Metzenbaum, Ambassador Lewis Tambs, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and a wide variety of other public and private organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, private equity groups, hedge funds, law firms, unions and others.  He has led internal investigations, in addition to representing clients in criminal prosecutions, civil litigation, congressional investigations and other governmental investigations.  A former public defender, Bob is also committed to pro bono representation of those in need.  He has served as counsel for various defense lawyers who have been subject to disciplinary charges.

In government, Bob served as a staff attorney for the Senate Watergate Committee; a trial attorney at the Washington D.C. Public Defender Service; Chair of the D.C. Bar Committee inquiry into the relationship between the judiciary and court-appointed counsel (“the Muse Commission”); and General Counsel to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs investigation of Hurricane Katrina.  He has also led investigations and co-authored (with Sam Dash) the report “Justice Denied” regarding the Bloody Sunday Inquiry in Northern Ireland. Mr. Muse’s career has included participation in the major congressional investigations, including Watergate, Iran-Contra, Whitewater, Enron and Katrina.  He has represented dozens of corporate executives, government officials and others under investigation by grand juries.  He has also served as defense counsel in virtually all matters investigated and prosecuted under the Independent Counsel Act, and he was a lead counsel in Morrison v. Olson, 487 U.S. 654 (1988), which determined the scope of the Special Prosecutor’s Act.  Among other career highlights, Mr. Muse represented Samuel Morison in one of the few Espionage Act trials in American history.

Bob has represented whistleblowers, such as Dinesh Thakur in his landmark False Claims Act case, U.S. ex rel. Thakur v. Ranbaxy, resulting in the largest drug safety settlement against a generic drug company, in U.S. history.  He was also counsel to Cynthia Cooper, Time’s Person of the Year in 2002, for her whistleblower work in exposing the fraud at Worldcom, which at that time was the largest corporate fraud in American history.

“Bob has an uncanny ability to see the big picture and anticipate where matters will go….  He quickly absorbs complicated issues, reassures that the events before us are manageable, and helps us understand our relationship to each party with whom we might interact.”  – Cynthia Cooper, Extraordinary Circumstances

Bob co-authored “Congressional Investigations: Politics and Process,” Volume 44, Amer. Crim. L. Rev. (1115-1176 2007), and, for over a decade, has taught the “Congressional Investigations” course at Georgetown Law School.  He also serves on the faculty at the Trial Advocacy Program, at Harvard Law School.


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