Name: Prof. Robert J.A. Zito
Title: Assistant Professor of Business Law
Office Location: Dyson 112G
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2558
Degrees Held:

Tulane University, B.A. (1978)

New York Law School, J.D.(1981)


Member of New York Bar (1983) and the following federal courts: United States Supreme Court, United States Circuit Courts of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits, United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and the Eastern District of Michigan and the United States Tax Court.


Robert J.A. Zito, J.D. has practiced law for over three decades, handling a variety of business, corporate and securities matters around the country, most recently as a partner with the Wall Street law firm of Carter Ledyard & Milburn, LLP. Bob served as Chair of his firm's Financial Institutions Regulatory and Enforcement Practice Group. Bob also served as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of a public bank. Bob has acted as counsel and trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies, private business clients, and high profile and high net worth individuals. Bob has extensive trial and appellate experience and is the only defense attorney in the United States to have tried to verdict a securities class action brought under Section 14 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  In 2001, Bob was ordained deacon in The Episcopal Church and is the Canon Church Attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of New York. 


Bob lives in New Paltz with his wife Dana Sabin Cole and their two PBGVs, Clancy and Chowder.  Bob loves to cook and plays the guitar, and together, they enjoy hiking, biking, birding, tennis, golf, sailing, reading and charitable work.

Awards & Honors:

Martindale Hubbell (AV-Preeminent); Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law; Super Lawyers; Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem (2016); Servant of Justice Award of the Episcopal Diocese of New York (2013).


“Madoff Securities Task Force Update: IRS Issues Helpful Guidance,” Client Advisory, March 17, 2009

“Madoff Securities Task Force Update: March 4, 2009 Deadline, Client Advisory, January 2009

“Madoff Securities Task Force,” Client Advisory, December 30, 2008

“Stop! The Lawyer’s Ethical Duty On Discovery of Inadvertently Disclosed Confidential Information,” New York Law Journal, May 12, 2008

“SOX 302 Certifications: What Are They Good For?,” New York Law Journal, November 19, 2007

“Finding the Jugular: Using AS5 to Refocus on Risk,” National Association of Corporate Directors, September 2007

“The Devil is in the Details: Valuing Partial Interests in Private Business Entities is More Art than Science,” New York Law Journal, April 30, 2007

“Internet & The Law: A Powerful Expert Witness Tool,” New York Law Journal, September 25, 2006

“Asset Valuation: So Key, So Complicated, So Dry!,” New York Law Journal, April 24, 2006

“It’s About the Process: Documentation in a Hostile Environment,” The Corporate Secretary & Governance Professional, Summer 2005

“Daubert And The Rise Of The Valuation Expert,” New York Law Journal, April 4, 2005; “Have Clients Heard The Knock Of Regulators At Their Door?,” New York Law Journal, February 22, 2005.

Research Interests:

Intangible property rights and constitutional procedure. 



“The Power to Investigate Carries With It the Power to Defame and Destroy,” New York State Bar Association’s Securities Regulation Committee Meeting, February 17, 2016

“Ramifications for Financial Services Companies,” Financial Sector in Distress Conference, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel, February 18, 2009

“Selective Disclosure and Regulation FD,” Second National Post-SOX Forum on Pharmaceutical Corporate Governance in New York City, October 17, 2006

“SEC Enforcement Trends,” Meeting of the Committee on Securities Regulation, Business Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, December 2005

“Disclosure vs. Process: Self-Dealing Transactions in the New Hostile Environment,” Meeting of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals (New York Chapter) at JPMorgan Chase, March 2005