Bob has practiced law for more than four decades and has had a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors. His broad domestic and international experience allows him to address legal, operational and financial issues by mapping effective government relations strategies with particular emphasis on public policy solutions.
During his extensive career, Bob has held numerous high-level positions. His deep understanding of how government works has benefited private companies and sovereign and tribal governments, as well as public organizations and officials. A member of Husch Blackwell’s Energy & Natural Resources group, Bob currently serves corporate, nonprofit and international clients on public policy and regulatory issues in energy, health and safety, the environment and other aspects of economic development.
Before entering private practice, Bob served as a corporate officer for the Detroit Edison Co. and led the company in all regulatory and legislative matters before Congress, the executive branch and administrative agencies.
He also served in the White House as Executive Secretary of the Presidential Clemency Board under President Gerald Ford and as Special Assistant to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Subsequent to his White House tenure, Bob served as Special Assistant to the Governor of the State of Michigan, William G. Milligan, and as a member of the Governor’s subcabinet, directing the state's Washington office.
An influential civic leader, Bob has held notable positions that include:
Additionally, Bob served on the transition teams of Presidents Reagan, G.W. Bush and Trump. During the 2000 election, Bob helped organize and develop a cadre of lawyer volunteers nationally in support of Bush’s presidential campaign. He traveled extensively on behalf of the campaign and served as a lead attorney in Broward County, Florida, during the recount. Working for the Trump campaign in 2016, he helped lead a group of volunteer lawyers who, on Election Day, were assigned ballot integrity responsibilities in New Hampshire.
Bob served as an adjunct professor of law at American University and has lectured abroad on international economic, energy and environmental issues as part of the U.S. State Department’s AMPARTS program, for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and at universities worldwide.