President and Founder
The Raben Group
Robert Raben helps his clients identify and achieve complex public policy objectives. He brings a nuanced understanding of the intersection of law, policy, politics and media to his work.
Robert’s bipartisan approach was honed during a legislative career that began on Congressman Barney Frank’s (D-MA) staff and culminated in House Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry Hyde’s (R-IL) endorsement of his appointment to the Justice Department as Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs.
Robert served as counsel to Congressman Frank for seven years, advising Mr. Frank on issues before the Judiciary Committee and on national civil rights policy and politics before serving the Committee itself as Democratic counsel for the Subcommittee on the Constitution. He later held that position on the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property, advising members on copyright, property and trademark law and policy, as well as the federal judiciary.
In 1999, Robert was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and, subsequently, Assistant Attorney General. After a unanimous confirmation vote, Robert was charged with overseeing Attorney General Janet Reno’s legislative initiatives and handling extensive congressional oversight of the Department. He dealt with both chambers of Congress and both sides of the aisle as chief lobbyist and strategist on a range of issues, including intellectual property, federalism, tort reform and cybercrime.
After graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and New York University School of Law, Robert was an associate with the law firm Arnold & Porter, specializing in international trade, federal lobbying and white-collar criminal defense. Soon after, he joined the faculty of Georgetown University Law School as an adjunct professor - a position he held until his confirmation as Assistant Attorney General.
He is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of DC and currently heads the organization’s judicial endorsements committee. He serves on the boards of the American Constitution Society and Alliance for Justice.