Rob Panella



Managing Director & Head of New York Office


Robert “Rob” is the Head of Prescient’s New York Office and a Managing Director in the firm’s Investigations & Intelligence practices. His expertise and problem-solving capabilities have allowed him to benefit various clients, including international financial institutions, law firms, professional sports organizations and athletes, large corporations and their executives, and high net worth individuals and their families.

Before joining Prescient, Rob served as a Managing Director at K2 Intelligence and supported clients in the Investigations & Disputes, Private Client Services, and Cyber Defense practices. While at K2, he oversaw a variety of complex risk management engagements involving corporate investigations, due diligence, corporate threat monitoring, cyber security, executive protection, and travel intelligence. Prior to joining K2 in 2014, Rob served as a Managing Director and Head of the Investigations and Intelligence departments at Thacher Associates, LLC. Before entering the private sector, Rob spent 20 years at the U.S. Department of Labor, primarily with the Office of Labor Racketeering and Fraud Investigations, Office of Inspector General (OIG). He most recently served as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for the New York Region, the agency's largest, where he oversaw all operations throughout New York, New Jersey, and New England. Earlier in his career as a Special Agent in the New York Office, Rob helped found the Federal Construction Fraud Task Force, which targeted corruption and organized crime control in New York’s construction industry. Rob has twice been awarded the U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Valor Award and has also received awards for his investigative achievements from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, the Inspector General, and the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency.

Professional Experience

  • Internal Investigations
  • Business Intelligence
  • Travel Intelligence
  • Executive Protection
  • Threat Monitoring & Response


Robert holds a J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Government from Stony Brook University.