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Academic School

School of Management


Dyson 112G



(845) 575-3000, ext. 2558


Prof. Robert J.A. Zito, JD

Assistant Professor of Business Law


Robert J.A. Zito, JD has practiced law for nearly four 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 firms 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.


Tulane University, BA (1978)
New York Law School, JD (1981)

Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Intangible property rights and constitutional procedure

Selected Publications

Zito, Robert J.A., (2019), Courtroom Drama Pedagogy in Business Curricula, 46th Annual Northeast Business & Economics Association Conference, Newport, Rhode Island, November 2019.

“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.

Selected Presentations

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

Awards and 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).