Rob Lehman

Senior Public Policy Advisor

Co-Chair, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Practice


Rob Lehman focuses on government relations and developing and implementing strategies to help clients achieve their objectives in Congress and in Federal agencies. With more than 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, he is well-equipped to address critical issues ranging from trade, tax, energy, homeland security, transportation and financial services to healthcare, competition and intellectual property. Mr. Lehman is co-chair of the firm's Public Policy and Legislative Affairs Practice.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lehman served as Chief of Staff to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). As Chief of Staff, he led policy and strategic development and implementation of Senator Portman's legislative priorities, including the introduction of 65 bipartisan bills. Mr. Lehman also previously served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Chief of Staff for the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and senior leadership aide to a member in the US House of Representatives. 

In addition, Mr. Lehman previously managed federal and state government relations for a top international law firm, where he represented Fortune 100 companies, trade associations and non-profit organizations before the executive and legislative branches of government.

As Senior Public Policy Advisor, Mr. Lehman's practice is limited to US legislative and executive branch lobbying matters.

Publications & News


February 22, 2018

Infrastructure Series: Trump's Infrastructure Plan and the Future of Infrastructure Reform

Last week, the Trump Administration outlined its vision for improving the nation's infrastructure in the much-anticipated Infrastructure Plan.

December 16, 2016

What to Expect From a Trump Administration Trade Policy: Revisiting NAFTA

In this alert, the authors discuss one of President-elect Trump's priority initiatives: the pledge to renegotiate, or withdraw from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to get a better deal for US workers. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published by Law360.

November 21, 2016

What to Expect From a Trump Administration Trade Policy

President-elect Donald Trump is promising major changes to US trade policy that, if implemented, will significantly impact US and foreign companies that compete in the global market, and that could particularly impact those that rely on cross-border supply chains. This WilmerHale Client Alert was also published by Law360.

November 17, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: Energy and Environmental Policy Under President Trump

Following Donald Trump's unexpected victory in last week's presidential election, President-elect Trump enters office with a unified Republican Congress behind him and the ability to shape energy and environmental policy in the coming term.

September 29, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: The Future of Energy and Environment Policy Under a Clinton or Trump Presidency

With just under six weeks remaining until the election, we take stock of each candidate's positions on energy, climate change and environmental regulations and discuss what the regulatory landscape might look like under a President Clinton or President Trump. We also offer an analysis of the implications of a potential flip in Senate control coming out of November's many tight Senate races.

January 28, 2016

Energy Sector Alert Series: A Legislative Outlook

Following Congress' passage of a $1.8 trillion dollar federal spending and tax break package in December 2015, many political pundits might be inclined to think the era of gridlock is easing. 

December 7, 2015

Energy, Infrastructure Permitting Improvement Legislation Signed by the President

The Highway Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama last Friday, December 4, includes an important set of reforms for streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects in a broad range of sectors, including renewable and conventional energy production, electricity transmission, pipelines, manufacturing, surface transportation, aviation, ports and waterways, and water resource projects.

November 9, 2015

WilmerHale Ranks Third Among The National Law Journal’s Influence 50

The National Law Journal ranked WilmerHale third among national law firms for its public policy work in its Influence 50 annual survey.

January 14, 2015

Former Portman Chief of Staff Rob Lehman to Join WilmerHale

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Rob Lehman, former Chief of Staff to Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), will be joining the firm as co-chair of the Legislative Affairs and Public Policy Group.


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BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland at College Park, 1987

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