Robert R. Belair

1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20006
202.677.4040 phone

Robert R. Belair is a partner in the firm’s Privacy and Consumer Regulatory practice. He is an internationally recognized privacy lawyer with more than three decades of experience and is a frequent writer and speaker on privacy topics. He has received the prestigious national Chambers Rating for his privacy work.

Mr. Belair focuses his practice on advising clients with respect to all aspects of the privacy policy and compliance cycle. This has included representing clients in privacy and consumer regulatory matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and engaging Hill and agency staff on the development of privacy policy. With regard to existing privacy requirements, Mr. Belair has assisted clients to develop comprehensive privacy compliance programs, responded to data breaches, and defended against administrative actions and litigation.

Mr. Belair served as Deputy Counsel to the White House Privacy Committee in the Ford Administration and as a lawyer in the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection doing Fair Credit Reporting Act and other privacy-related work. Later, Mr. Belair served as General Counsel of the National Commission on the Confidentiality of Health Records. In private practice, he was a founding partner of Oldaker, Biden & Belair. He has done work for numerous government entities on privacy matters including the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Transportation and the Social Security Administration. On the Hill, Mr. Belair has served on the Judiciary Committee Advisory Committee for Chairman Joe Biden (D-DE) and as an advisor to Senator Bob Bennett's (R-UT) Health Privacy Task Force. Together with Alan Westin, he was the editor of a preeminent privacy periodical for the business community, Privacy & American Business.