Robert R. Belair

Partner

Fax: 202.677.4041
Washington
1775 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 1000
Washington, District of Columbia 20006

Biography

Bob is a partner in the firm’s Data Privacy practice and a member of the Consumer Reporting Agencies industry team.  He is an internationally recognized privacy lawyer with more than 45 years of experience representing companies in privacy and data breach investigations. Bob supports companies responding to data breaches, defends them against administrative actions and litigation, and guides their compliance programs. He has a rock-solid reputation for handling privacy and consumer regulatory matters before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Bob engages Hill and agency staff on the development of privacy policy. Numerous government entities have worked with Bob 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, Bob 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 for over a decade of a preeminent privacy periodical for the business community, Privacy & American Business.

Before going into private practice, Bob served as the 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. He also served as General Counsel of the National Commission on the Confidentiality of Health Records. Before joining AGG, Bob was a founding partner of Oldaker, Biden & Belair.

Experience

  • Provides expert witness testimony in a Fair Credit Reporting Act matters, including Chex v. MicroBilt, which made new law regarding the privacy of credit report information.

  • Served as lead attorney for coalition of companies and their trade association in a multi-year effort to impact the provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.

  • Served as lead counsel for a national consumer reporting agency in the first Federal Trade Commission data breach investigation and action.

  • Served as a privacy consultant to numerous federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Social Security Administration.

  • Served as lead counsel in numerous Federal Trade Commission Fair Credit Reporting Act and UDAP investigations.

  • Led coalition of data companies working on amendments to the Drivers Privacy Protection Act.

  • Served as lead amicus counsel, working with the Solicitor General’s Office in a landmark Supreme Court Freedom of Information Act/privacy decision, Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press v. the Department of Justice.

Credentials

  • Columbia Law School, Juris Doctor
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Charles Evan Hughes Scholar
    • Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • Kalamazoo College, Bachelor of Arts,
    with Honors
  • District of Columbia Bar 1973

Recognition

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-17

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