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Robert L. Kardell (Bob) is an attorney whose practice focuses on cyber-breach incident response, legal and technology-based risk management solutions, technology and cyber-defense policy and protections, intrusion remediation, and fraud prevention and investigation. Bob has more than 22 years of experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent, as well as a Program Coordinator for Public Corruption, Complex Financial Crime, Healthcare Fraud, and Domestic Terrorism.

Bob has been a certified computer forensics examiner and a certified accounting forensics investigator. He has testified numerous times as a fact witness in criminal trials and before grand juries, and drafted expert reports for both accounting and computer investigations. In his career, Bob worked on cyber-crime investigations as well as public corruption, white collar, terrorism, and financial criminal and civil investigations.

Bob has been a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Heartland ACFE for 16 years. During that time, he has served on the board and as a member of the editorial advisory committee for the ACFE’s “Fraud Magazine”. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Nebraska Society of CPAs; Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); GIAC Security Essentials Certification (GSEC); General Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); a certified Paraben computer forensics examiner; and formerly an AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE).


  • University of Nebraska College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1991
  • University of Nebraska College of Business, Masters in Business Administration, 1991
  • Benedictine College, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Distinction, 1987
  • Harvard / HarvardX Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the Information Age

Professional & Civic Affiliations

  • Nebraska State Bar Association, Technology Sub-Committee
  • Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants, Vice Chairman of Legislation Committee
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Fraud- Editorial Advisory Committee (2007—Present)
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Heartland Chapter- Board Member (2007—2010, 2018 – Present)
  • High Tech Crime Investigators Association, Nebraska Chapter President (2009—2010)
  • Nebraska Infragard (an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and the FBI created to help protect the critical national infrastructure)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Nebraska, 1992

Selected Practice Highlights

  • Represented client in the investigation of cyber breach at a financial organization and notification to affected individuals in all 50 states
  • Represented client in the investigation of cyber incident at healthcare facility and recovery
  • Represented client in the investigation and response to ransomware attack including ransom payment negations, data recovery, and notification to affected individuals
  • Represented client in the successful negotiations of settlement from fraud due to a Business Email Compromise (BEC) incident
  • Represented client in the investigation and remediation of cyber-attack due to zero-day vulnerability
  • Represented client during the investigation of a fraud investigation
  • Represented client in the encryption and subsequent recovery of company data by a former employee

Former Investigative Highlights

  • United States v. US Congressman Mel Reynolds
    • Indictment of a US Congressman. Investigation resulted in the trial of Reynolds and ultimately a guilty verdict on 15 of 16 counts, his wife also pleaded guilty.
  • United States v. Village of Niles Mayor Nicholas Blase
    • Indictment of the Mayor for the Village of Niles. Investigation resulted in a guilty plea of Blase.
  • United States v. Nicholas Boscarino
    • Investigated the extortion of money from the Village of Rosemont, Illinois. Four-week trial and a guilty verdict of all counts; investigation and indictment resulted in guilty pleas from two other defendants for fraud and perjury.
  • United States v. Cook County Judge George J.W. Smith
    • Indictment of a sitting Cook County Judge. Investigation resulted in the guilty plea of Judge Smith to charges of mail fraud and tax fraud.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Fourth Annual Report on Cybersecurity in Nebraska
  • Data Security and Privacy Law Book Update, Chapter Author (Westlaw)
  • The Practice of Cyber Law
  • FDIC Compliant Investigations for Cybersecurity (Nebraska Banker)

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Cybersecurity Threats in the Face of War Webinar
  • Cybersecurity for Attorneys; All you needed to know and never wanted to know (Creighton Law School)
  • Attorney Ethics; Tech Challenges and Responsibilities (NSBA)
  • The Current State of the Ransomware Threat Webinar
  • The Cybersecurity Threats to Healthcare Webinar

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