Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt

Senior International Counsel

Co-Chair, Strategic Response Group

Kimmitt, Robert M.

Ambassador Robert M. Kimmitt advises clients on issues spanning public policy, national security law, international investment, regulation and governance. Both in government and the private sector, he has held a wide variety of senior positions at the intersection of international business, finance, law and policy. Ambassador Kimmitt originally joined the firm in 1997 and rejoined in 2009 after serving as Deputy Secretary of the US Department of the Treasury. He serves as co-chair of the Strategic Response Group.

From 2005-2009, he served as Deputy Secretary of the US Treasury, where he had significant responsibility for the Department's international agenda, including cross-border investment in his leadership role on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

As a partner at the firm from 1997 to 2000, Ambassador Kimmitt focused on international transactions in regulated industries, primarily in the areas of defense, aerospace, telecommunications and banking. 

Prior to joining the firm, he served as American Ambassador to Germany (1991-1993), Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (1989-1991), General Counsel to the Department of the Treasury (1985-1987), and Executive Secretary and General Counsel of the National Security Council at the White House (1983-1985).

In addition to his government service, Ambassador Kimmitt was Vice Chairman and President of Commerce One, a Silicon Valley software company. He also served as Executive Vice President for Global Public Policy (2001-2005) at Time Warner Inc., and from 2009-2012, he chaired the Deloitte Center for Cross-Border Investment, which provided strategic advice on the execution of cross-border acquisitions and divestitures.

Ambassador Kimmitt has authored many articles, including "Public Footprints in Private Markets," a seminal look at Sovereign Wealth Funds that was published in Foreign Affairs magazine. 

Honors & Awards

For his service during the Gulf Crisis and War, former President George H.W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Citizens Medal, the country's second highest civilian award.

For his service as American Ambassador to Germany, he was awarded Germany's highest honor, the Bundesverdienstkreuz, as well as the US Defense Department's Distinguished Public Service Award.

During his service as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel to the US Treasury Department, Ambassador Kimmitt twice received the department's Alexander Hamilton Award, and he also received the Arthur Flemming Award for distinguished public service.

During his combat service with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam (1970-1971), he earned three Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. He retired as a Major General in the Army Reserve.

He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Marymount University in 2009; he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from West Point in 2010 and the Outstanding Alumnus Award of the US Army War College in 2015.

Ambassador Kimmitt was recognized in the 2012-2018 editions of Best Lawyers in America and is recommended in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States for his government relations practice.

In the December 2011, 2013 and 2015 issues of Washingtonian magazine, Ambassador Kimmitt is recognized among "Washington's Best Lawyers" for his national security practice.

In 2016, Ambassador Kimmitt was named a finalist for The American Lawyer's Transatlantic Lawyer of the Year.

Publications & News


January 11, 2018

WilmerHale Represents US Currency Paper Manufacturer Crane & Co., Inc. in $800 Million Sale

On December 5, 2017, Crane & Co., Inc., the manufacturer of currency paper for the US government since 1802, signed an agreement to be acquired by Crane Co. (NYSE: CR), a diversified manufacturer of highly engineered industrial products (and unrelated to the target company), for $800 million on a cash free and debt free basis.

August 16, 2017

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2018 Best Lawyers in America®, Nine Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 107 WilmerHale lawyers and names nine partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 24th edition.

June 9, 2017

The Legal 500 United States 2017 Recognizes 125 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 28 Practice Areas

The Legal 500 United States has released its 2017 rankings, recommending 125 WilmerHale lawyers—including 12 who are named to its elite “Leading Lawyers” list and two on its “Next Generation Lawyers” list—and 28 practice areas in its 11th edition.

August 15, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers Named Among the 2017 Best Lawyers in America®, Six Recognized as Lawyers of the Year

Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry—recognizes 101 WilmerHale lawyers and names six partners as Lawyers of the Year in its 23rd edition.

June 22, 2016

The Legal 500 United States 2016 Recognizes 111 WilmerHale Lawyers Across 30 Practice Areas

The guide's rankings are based on a series of criteria, including client feedback, interviews with private practice lawyers, and its own research.

June 3, 2016

CFIUS Actions Highlight Focus on Critical Technologies and Infrastructure

In its latest report to Congress, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, the US government's interagency body that vets foreign investment with national security implications, reported that it reviewed a record 147 notices in 2014, a 52% increase from 2013. This WilmerHale Client Alert was republished by Wolters Kluwer.

May 6, 2016

Robert Kimmitt Lands on Short List for Top American Lawyer Honor

Kimmitt is one of two finalists in the regulatory category for Transatlantic Lawyer of the Year.

April 7, 2016

Ambassador Robert Kimmitt to Speak at CNAS Conference on US Sanctions and National Security

Ambassador Robert Kimmitt will join fellow esteemed speakers for a panel discussion on US sanctions and national security at the CNAS public conference on April 15 at NYU Washington DC.

December 4, 2015

Washingtonian Magazine Names Eight WilmerHale Partners Top Attorneys in Washington DC

Washingtonian magazine has released its list of 2015 Top Attorneys, recognizing Washington's top legal talent based on peer review. The 2015 list is the Washingtonian's largest ever and ranks the top one percent of the nation's capital's 80,000 lawyers across 21 different practices.

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.

Professional Activities

Ambassador Kimmitt is a member of the International Advisory Boards of Allianz SE and The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation; a member of the Global Advisory Board of Tokai Tokyo Financial Holdings; and a board member of the Atlantic Council, USA Rugby, and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. He is Chairman Emeritus of the American Council on Germany and is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission.


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JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1977, Editor-in-Chief, Law & Policy in International Business

BS, with distinction, United States Military Academy, 1969

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia




The Hon. Edward A. Tamm, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1977 - 1978

Government Experience

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