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Rob is a shareholder in the firm’s Federal Government Law & Policy group. He has represented clients before Congress and federal agencies from a variety of industries and in multiple policy areas, including trade, energy, environment, health care, biotechnology, transportation, financial services, information technology, artificial intelligence, manufacturing, tax, education, pensions, defense, and foreign relations. Rob has a depth of understanding of the rules of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and he has deep experience in legislative drafting. He previously served as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, the former Senate Majority Whip.


  • Health care
  • Energy
  • Biotechnology
  • Information and communication technology and services
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Digital assets
  • Sustainability and environmental regulation
  • Manufacturing
  • Foreign affairs



  • Assisted in clarifying legislation relating to export controls
  • Supported efforts to clarify sanctions authority on restricted foreign technology
  • Provided strategy for interaction with Congress and federal agencies regarding semiconductor funding
  • Assisted with drafting of legislation relating to college athletics
  • Developed strategic approach relating to a federal agency investigation
  • Advanced approach for dealing with agencies on implementation of infrastructure legislation
  • Assisted in developing strategy relating to auto rules of origin
  • Helped with interactions relating to electric vehicle incentives
  • Assisted with development of legislation to clarify the emergency authority of the Food and Drug Administration
  • Helped develop appropriations provision to tailor funding relating to Zika virus prevention
  • Supported efforts to clarify House and Senate resolutions relating to Syrian refugees
  • Provided representation in relation to a Congressional investigation of terrorism financing
  • Advanced legislation to clarify liabilities under the federal Coal Act
  • Assisted in obtaining Congressional approvals related to international arms sales
  • Supported efforts to amend statutes relating to drug approval for use in developing countries
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Wendell Ford, 1995-98

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, Best Lawyers in America® "Top Listed – Government Relations," 2018


  • J.D., Columbia Law School
  • B.A., University of Kentucky
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia