Robert Barnett (lawyer)

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Robert Barnett
Born (1946-08-26) August 26, 1946 (age 68)
Waukegan, Illinois
Alma mater University of Chicago Law School; University of Wisconsin-Madison
Occupation Lawyer
Employer Williams & Connolly
Spouse(s) Rita Braver
Children 1

Robert B. Barnett (born August 26, 1946[1]) is an American lawyer who is a partner at the law firm Williams & Connolly LLP. Barnett is married to Rita Braver, born April 1948, a correspondent with CBS News.

Barnett was born in Waukegan, Illinois. He obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and a law degree from the University of Chicago in 1971. He was comment editor for the University of Chicago Law Review and later clerked for John Minor Wisdom and later Byron White on the Supreme Court. An aide to Walter Mondale, he joined the law firm of Williams & Connolly in 1975.[2]

Barnett was ranked by The Washingtonian as the #1 Washington, D.C. area lawyer in 2004 and number 10 in 2007.

He has represented many influential people including Bob Woodward, Ann Curry,[3] Tim Russert, James Patterson, Barbra Streisand, James Carville, Mary Matalin, William Bennett, Benazir Bhutto, Dan Quayle, Madeline Albright, Larry Summers, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Lynne Cheney, James Baker, Paul Wolfowitz, Karl Rove, Alan Greenspan, Queen Noor, Sarah Palin, David Petraeus, Tony Blair, and Barack Obama.[4]

He also served as a practice debate opponent for many Democratic Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates.[5]

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  1. ^ Robert B. Barnett
  2. ^ Stolberg, Sheryl Gay. (June 7, 2004) "Lawyer's Side Practice: Political Stars' Book Deals". The New York Times. Accessed 25 October 2008.
  3. ^ "NBC discussing plan to remove Ann Curry as host". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Guttenplan, D.D. (October 24, 2008) "The Washington insider who made Obama rich". The Financial Times. Accessed 25 October 2008.
  5. ^ Barnett, Robert. (October 7, 2008) "Practice debate opponent shares his secrets". CNN. Accessed 25 October 2008.

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