Member Profile - Robert Horn

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Sustaining Member


Husch Blackwell LLP


Business Phone



750 17th St NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20006, United States

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Government Relations



Mr. Horn counsels corporate, nonprofit and international clients on public policy and regulating issues in the areas of health and safety, energy, environmental and economic development. He represents major corporations and individuals before Congress and the administration and provides policy support to the firm's litigators and regulatory counselors. In the aftermath of emergency responses, Mr. Horn provides counsel on how best to secure and maintain government contracts and ensure economic viability that enable companies to enter the federal marketplace. He also assists in expanding employment and growth. During his extensive career in the public and private sectors, Mr. Horn 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. Mr. Horn previously served as a corporate officer for the Detroit Edison Company, where he led the company in all federal matters, representing the company before the Congress, the executive branch and the administrative agencies. Mr. Horn served in the White House under President Gerald Ford. He served in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he authored two major studies published by HUD. Subsequent to his White House tenure, Mr. Horn became director of the state of Michigan's Washington Office under Governor William G. Milliken. Mr. Horn was elected chairman of the Washington Representatives of the Governors and appointed to serve on the Board of the Michigan Energy Research and Resource Association. Presidents Reagan and Bush appointed Mr. Horn to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, which helped create the Holocaust Museum. He was elected to the Executive Committee and chaired the Museum's Governance Committee. President Clinton held him over and asked him to become a member of the negotiating team that obtained restitution for the double victims of the communism and nazism in Eastern Europe. Mr. Horn is the founding chairman of the Republican National Lawyers Association. Through 2012, Mr. Horn has held various positions as counsel and/or parliamentarian to every successive Republican National Convention since the 1980s. He also served on President Ronald Reagan and George Bush's transition teams. During the 2000 election, Mr. Horn helped organize and develop a cadre of lawyer volunteers nationally in support of President George W. Bush's presidential campaign. He traveled extensively on behalf of the campaign both during the primaries and the general election and served as a lead attorney in Broward County, Florida during the recount. Additionally, Mr. Horn 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, where he taught legal research and writing and has been a guest lecturer on a variety of topics'including international, economic, environmental, and political issues'at the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Georgetown University, American University, the Sorbonne and the University of Jena. Mr. Horn received a Bachelor Business Administration from Baruch School of Business and Public Administration of the City College of New York in 1964 and earned his Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1967. He also received certification from University of Michigan in 1982 for their Graduate School of Business Administration's Program for Utility Executives. Mr. Horn is a member of bar in the District of Columbia and New York. He served as Co-chair for the Subcommittee on Free Trade Areas of the Americas of the American Bar Association's Section on Dispute Resolution and Vice-chair for the American Bar Association's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, Subcommittee on National Security. Mr. Horn is honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserve and has a reading and speaking knowledge of German.

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