Blake Roberts represents corporations, universities and individuals in high-stakes investigations, litigation, and other legal challenges. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Mr. Roberts served as an Associate Counsel in the White House Counsel's Office.
Strategic Response. Mr. Roberts represents companies and individuals facing multifaceted legal challenges at the intersection of business, law and government, including:
- representing a major technology company in litigation to enjoin a multiyear state attorney general investigation;
- representing a medical technology company facing a congressional inquiry, litigation, and multiple state and federal investigations;
- representing a bank responding to inquiries from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, a state attorney general, and federal investigators in investigations concerning online sex trafficking;
- representing a clean energy company facing parallel Inspector General and congressional inquiries related to government ethics laws;
- representing a large defense contractor facing multiple agency investigations in connection with cybersecurity and the leak of classified information;
- representing a bank facing congressional inquiries and multiple agency investigations following a trading loss;
- representing an agency head with regards to threatened impeachment; and
- representing current and former senior national security officials in criminal and congressional inquiries regarding classified subject matters, including the investigation by the House Select Committee on Benghazi and high-profile inquiries into the disclosure of classified information.
Mr. Roberts has also represented clients in commercial litigation and lawsuits involving sovereign and quasi-sovereign entities.
Higher Education. Mr. Roberts represents major universities facing government investigations and related challenges pertaining to sexual misconduct on campus, including:
- defending investigations by the Department of Education under Title IX and the Clery Act;
- conducting an internal review following the death of a student-athlete;
- counseling schools facing potential litigation from student respondents or complainants;
- developing sexual misconduct policies and procedures for students and employees;
- conducting internal assessments of the efficacy and compliance of school practices; and
- advising on crisis situations, including communications with the media, students, parents, faculty, employees and trustees.
Mr. Roberts has also advised education clients on privacy and other regulatory issues.
Mr. Roberts also advises companies and individuals on issues related to government ethics, lobbying and freedom of information laws. He has substantial experience working with prospective political appointees during the vetting process, including candidates for prominent agency positions and ambassadorships.
Mr. Roberts maintains an active pro bono practice. Among other matters, he represented a veteran seeking combat-related special compensation; advised a progressive think tank on executive action prohibiting discrimination against LGBT Americans; and represented Members of Congress supporting Executive Branch changes to immigration enforcement policy.
Mr. Roberts served in the White House Counsel's Office from 2009 to 2012. During that time, he represented the White House in congressional investigations, advised federal agencies on oversight matters, and managed litigation involving the President or White House. He also advised the President and senior White House officials on executive actions, proposed legislation and other policy matters, collaborating with key officials in federal agencies. Mr. Roberts also developed policies and counseled White House officials on compliance and risk management issues, especially relating to records management and innovative digital media operations. He also assisted with the confirmation of Associate Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Mr. Roberts served as a Deputy Associate Counsel from January 2009 to October 2010.
Before joining the White House, Mr. Roberts worked for the Obama-Biden Transition Project from August 2008 to January 2009. Prior to that, he served as a field organizer for Obama for America in 2007 and 2008.
From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Roberts served as a law clerk to the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
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JD, Harvard Law School, 2006cum laude Notes Editor, Harvard Law Review
BA, Government, Georgetown University, 2002magna cum laude Phi Beta Kappa
District of Columbia
The Hon. Diana Gribbon Motz, US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2006 - 2007
Executive Office of the President
The White HouseAssociate White House Counsel