Rob’s Washington, DC-based competition and trade regulation practice involves counseling on the regulatory implications of business strategies, regulatory matters, policymaking, and litigation. He defends clients in complex litigation and in merger and regulatory reviews by the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, and the Federal Communications Commission. Rob’s clients include media and telecommunications companies, health systems and providers, national retailers, trade associations, and life sciences and technology companies.
Rob counsels a broad range of clients on business and investment strategy, M&A, litigation, and regulatory matters. He specializes in clearly explaining strategic risks and their relative values in order to help senior executives make informed decisions. Rob provides advice to clients from across the country and around the world, in high-profile matters including:
Strategic business planning and risk management
Antitrust issues in mergers and acquisitions / second requests
Complex litigation (class action and otherwise)
Regulatory issues arising from foreign investments in U.S. businesses
Federal and state regulatory investigations
Policy advocacy and notice-and-comment rulemaking
Appellate review of agency action
Trade association counseling
Privacy and data security
Unfair/deceptive conduct and false advertising
Rob represents clients in numerous markets, including:
Media content and distribution
Health care providers and services
Retail & Consumer Products
Trade associations and non-profits
He has written and spoken widely on litigation risk management and cost containment, developments in the law, and on issues faced by businesses when they interact with federal and state enforcers and administrative agencies.
Rob is an active supporter of the firm’s pro bono program, providing representation to numerous indigent clients before the Social Security Administration and in local family and domestic relations courts. He has provided corporate and business planning advice to the National Network to End Domestic Violence and other non-profit clients. He is also an active supporter of the firm’s mentoring and sponsorship program.
Prior to his career in the law, Rob was an on-air radio personality and station production director in Lexington, KY.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Robert G. Kidwell