Robert F. Bauer
Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
In Bob's 30 years of practice, he has provided counseling and representation on
matters involving regulation of political activity before the courts and
administrative agencies of national party committees, candidates, political
committees, individuals, federal officeholders, corporations and trade
associations, and tax-exempt groups.
Bob served as White House Counsel
to President Obama, and returned to private practice in June 2011. In 2013, the
President named Bob to be Co-Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election
Bob is the author of several books: United States
Federal Election Law (1982, 1984), Soft Money Hard Law: A Guide to the New
Campaign Finance Law (2002) and More Soft Money Hard Law: The Second Edition of
the Guide to the New Campaign Finance Law (2004) and numerous articles. He also
serves on the National Advisory Board of Journal of Law and Politics. In 2000,
he received the prestigious "Burton Award for Legal Achievement" for his legal
Bob is also the author of the weblog, www.moresoftmoneyhardlaw.com, on which he writes about
campaign finance and other topics in political law. He also teaches law at the
New York University School of Law, where he is a Distinguished Scholar in
Residence and Senior Lecturer.
Bob was General Counsel to Obama for
America, the President’s campaign organization, in 2008 and 2012, and he is
General Counsel to the Democratic National Committee. Bob has also served as
co-counsel to the New Hampshire State Senate in the trial of Chief Justice David
A. Brock (2000); general counsel to the Bill Bradley for President Committee
(1999-2000); and counsel to the Democratic Leader in the trial of President
William Jefferson Clinton (1999).
He has co-authored numerous bipartisan
reports, including "Report of Counsel to the Senate Rules and Administration
Committee in the Matter of the United States Senate Seat From Louisiana" in the
105th Congress of the United States (March 27, 1997); "Campaign Finance Reform,"
A Report to the Majority Leader and Minority Leader of the United States Senate
(March 6, 1990); and "The Presidential Election Process in the Philippines", a
bipartisan report prepared at the request of the Chairman and Ranking Member of
the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (1986).