Robert Capers ’96 is the Chief United States Probation Officer for the Eastern District of New York. Immediately prior to joining the U.S. Probation Office in December 2019, Rob was a partner at Arent Fox LLP, where he was an integral part of the firm’s Business Compliance & Integrity Monitorships team that regularly advises major corporations on governance best-practices; conducts high-profile internal investigations; counsels Boards of Directors; creates world-class compliance programs; and represents individuals and corporations with matters before Main Justice and U.S. Attorney Offices around the country.
Rob served as a prosecutor for over two decades, beginning his career in 1996 at the New York County District Attorney’s Office under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau.
In 2003, Rob joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where as a line and supervisory prosecutor he led a number of complex investigations and prosecutions involving a wide range of crimes, such as racketeering, international money laundering, and public corruption.
He also tried and second-chaired to verdict more than two dozen criminal trials, including serving as co-lead counsel on the jury trial and conviction of a then sitting New York State Assemblyman for engaging in complex bribery and extortion schemes and the theft of government funds, which resulted in the longest sentence for a sitting New York State politician in recent history.
Rob’s character, stellar career as a prosecutor, and commitment to public service brought him to the attention of President Barack Obama, who nominated Rob in October 2015 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. He was then confirmed by the US Senate in December 2015.