Hogan Lovells lands former top Pentagon lawyer Robert Taylor in its Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice

Washington, D.C., 2 April 2018 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Robert Taylor, former Principal Deputy General Counsel (PDGC) and Acting General Counsel for the Department of Defense, has joined the firm as senior counsel in Washington, D.C. As a member of the firm’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice, he will represent clients on matters related to national security, including in relation to cybersecurity, energy, and environmental law. Taylor will also join the firm’s Aerospace, Defense and Government Services (ADG) Industry Sector Group, where his deep knowledge of the defense and intelligence industries will bolster the firm’s global ADG practice.

“Bob is a seasoned lawyer with a history of excellence operating at the highest levels of government and in private practice,” said Mike Vernick, head of the firm’s Government Contracts and Public Procurement group. “Serving as one of the Pentagon’s top lawyers across multiple administrations, he understands how to get things done creatively and effectively. He will be an excellent resource to clients looking to navigate an increasingly complex federal bureaucracy.”

Serving as the Defense Department’s PDGC for the past eight years, Taylor provided counsel to senior Pentagon officials including four Secretaries of the Department, Secretaries of the Military Departments, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs, and Directors of Defense Agencies. During his career with the Defense Department, Taylor was also a six-time recipient of the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, the department’s highest civilian honor.

His career has included intra-departmental dispute resolution, advocating on the Defense Department’s behalf with the White House and other federal agencies, and advising on a wide range of issues including acquisitions, international affairs, the environment, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), security-related personnel and health issues, and sexual assault in the military. Earlier in his career, Taylor also served as the Pentagon’s first Deputy General Counsel, Environment and Installations.

In addition to his work for the Defense Department, Taylor has nearly 25 years of private practice experience in which he represented large companies and associations on energy and environmental regulatory matters.

Commenting on his arrival at Hogan Lovells, Taylor said, “National security-related aspects of doing business with the federal government are becoming increasingly prevalent and complex. I’m looking forward to bringing my government and DoD experience to bear on behalf of the Government Contracts and Public Procurement practice at Hogan Lovells. With cyber vulnerabilities threatening our security and economy, companies involved in federal procurement face increased pressure to address these threats making the top-tier cybersecurity practice at Hogan Lovells a major draw. With its deep bench of regulatory experience, Hogan Lovells is an unparalleled leader in the field and I’m excited to join such a dynamic team.”

Taylor earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his A.B. from Harvard University.

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