In Bob's 30 years of practice, he has provided counseling and representation on matters involving regulation of political activity before the courts and administrative agencies of national party committees, candidates, political committees, individuals, federal officeholders, corporations and trade associations, and tax-exempt groups.
Bob is the author of several books — United States Federal Election Law (1982, 1984), Soft Money Hard Law: A Guide to the New Campaign Finance Law (2002) and More Soft Money Hard Law: The Second Edition of the Guide to the New Campaign Finance Law (2004) — and numerous articles. He also serves on the National Advisory Board of Journal of Law and Politics. In 2000, he received the prestigious "Burton Award for Legal Achievement" for his legal writing. Bob is a 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was named Hardy Dillard Fellow in legal writing.
Bob returned to the firm after a period of service to President Barack Obama as his White House counsel from December of 2009 until June of 2011. He is now General Counsel to the President’s re-election committee, to Obama for America and General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee. He has also served as co-counsel to the New Hampshire State Senate in the trial of The Hon. Chief Justice David A. Brock (2000); general counsel to the Bill Bradley for President Committee (1999 - 2000); and counsel to the Democratic Leader in the trial of President William Jefferson Clinton (1999). He has co-authored numerous bipartisan reports, including "Report of Counsel to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee in the Matter of the United States Senate Seat From Louisiana" in the 105th Congress of the United States (March 27, 1997); "Campaign Finance Reform," A Report to the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the United States Senate (March 6, 1990); and "The Presidential Election Process in the Philippines" (1986), a bipartisan report prepared at the request of the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
- Listed as one of the "100 Most Influential Attorneys" by National Law Journal, 2006
- Listed in Chambers USA, “America’s Leading Political Law Lawyers," 2006 - 2009, 2012
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
- Received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, 2000
- Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
- American Bar Association, Advisory Commission on Election Law
- University of Virginia, Journal of Law and Politics, National Advisory Board
- Election Law Journal, Editorial Board
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1976
- Harvard University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1973