Profile: Rob McKenna

Robert M. McKenna, partner in Orrick’s Seattle office, is co-head of the firm’s Public Policy Group.

The former Attorney General of the State of Washington, Mr. McKenna is accomplished in all areas of public policy, appellate law and investigations. His experience, stature and expertise add essential capabilities for clients seeking coordinated policy advocacy, regulatory compliance and litigation strategies across the country.

Mr. McKenna served two terms as the Attorney General of Washington, from January 2005 to January 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in national history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. He is a recognized leader in the development of data protection and privacy regulation. Mr. McKenna was the first state Attorney General to build a computer forensics lab to collect evidence of Internet fraud, and passed one of the nation’s first anti-spyware laws. Mr. McKenna also served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) where he co-launched the NAAG Intellectual Property Task Force to advance the national fight against counterfeiting and piracy.

As Attorney General, Mr. McKenna directed more than 500 attorneys and more than 600 professional staff. He passed 45 bills in the Washington State legislature-more than any Washington Attorney General in recent history-on policy issues such as data security, human trafficking, domestic violence, prescription drug abuse and government accountability. In 2011, his fellow attorneys general honored him with the NAAG Kelley-Wyman Award for “Outstanding Attorney General” in America.

Prior to serving as Washington Attorney General, Mr. McKenna served on the Metropolitan King County Council and was an attorney at Perkins Coie in Bellevue, Washington. He has held numerous community leadership positions with public school and college foundations, domestic violence prevention organizations, and leadership development groups. A Distinguished Eagle Scout himself, Mr. McKenna is also an executive board member with the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of Bellevue Rotary.

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