Robert L. Kardell (Bob) is an attorney whose practice focuses on technology-based risk management solutions, technology and cyber threat prevention, remediation and response, and fraud prevention and investigation. Bob has more than 22 years of experience working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent, Supervisory Special Agent, Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Special Agent, Program Coordinator for Public Corruption, Complex Financial Crime, Healthcare Fraud, and Domestic Terrorism.
In his career, Bob has also worked as a computer forensics examiner and accounting forensics investigator. He has testified numerous times as a fact witness, was designated as a computer expert witness in a $300,000,000 civil case, and drafted expert reports for both accounting and computer-related investigations.
Bob has been a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the Heartland ACFE for 12 years. During that time, he has served as a director and a member of the editorial advisory committee for the ACFE’s Fraud Magazine. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA); Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP); Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF); Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE); and AccessData Certified Examiner (ACE).
Areas of Practice
- 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
Professional & Civic Affiliations
- Nebraska State Bar Association
- Nebraska State Board of Public Accountancy
- Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants
- 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)
- 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
- 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 andperjury.
- 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.