Robert, a member of Husch Blackwell’s Energy & Natural Resources group, has had a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors. He serves corporate, nonprofit and international clients on public policy and regulatory issues in the areas of health and safety, energy, and environmental and economic development.
During his extensive career, Robert has held numerous high-level positions. He brings a broad range of domestic and international experience in legal, operating, financial and government relations areas, with particular emphasis on congressional relations. In the aftermath of emergency situations, Robert provides counsel on how best to secure and maintain government contracts and ensure economic viability that enable companies to enter the federal marketplace.
Robert previously served as 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 under President Gerald Ford and served in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Subsequent to his White House tenure, Robert became director of the State of Michigan's Washington office under Gov. William G. Milliken. He was elected chairman of the Washington Representatives of the Governors and was appointed to serve on the board of the Michigan Energy Research and Resource Association. Presidents Reagan and Bush appointed Robert to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which helped create the Holocaust Museum. He was elected to the Executive Committee and chaired the museum’s Governance Committee.
Robert is the founding chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association. Through 2012, he held various positions as counsel and/or parliamentarian to every successive Republican National Convention since the 1980s. He also served on the transition teams of Presidents Reagan, George W. Bush and Donald Trump. During the 2000 election, Robert helped organize and develop a cadre of lawyer volunteers nationally in support of George W. 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.
Additionally, Robert has traveled abroad for the U.S. Information Agency as part of its AMPARTS program and for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, lecturing on international economic, energy and environmental issues. He was an adjunct professor of law at American University Law School, and he has lectured on international, economic, environmental and political issues at universities worldwide.
Robert is honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve.