Seattle; Washington, D.C.
Robert M. McKenna, partner
in Orrick's Seattle and Washington, D.C. offices, leads the state Attorney
General team in the firm's Public Policy Group and is a member of the Cyber,
Privacy & Data Innovation practice. A former Washington State Attorney
General and President of the National Association of Attorneys General, Rob is
accomplished in all areas of public policy, appellate law and investigations.
He is a Chambers USA Band 1 Partner in Government Relations: State Attorneys
Rob represents a wide range of technology and other
companies in matters involving cyber security, data privacy, litigation,
appellate litigation, regulatory proceedings, state attorney general
investigations and legislative issues. His experience, stature and expertise
add essential capabilities for clients seeking coordinated policy advocacy,
regulatory compliance and litigation strategies in state capitols across the
country and in Washington, D.C., where he has testified before Congress and
assisted clients who have been called to testify before Congressional
committees. While at Orrick, Rob has represented clients in both state and
federal court, typically in cases centered on constitutional questions.
Rob served two terms as Attorney General of Washington,
from 2005 to 2013. He successfully argued three cases before the U.S. Supreme
Court and helped negotiate three of the largest consumer 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. Rob 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
Rob served as President of the National Association of
Attorneys General (NAAG) from 2011-12 where he co-launched the NAAG
Intellectual Property Task Force to advance the national fight against
counterfeiting and piracy. While serving as NAAG President, he created and led
a national initiative to combat human trafficking which continues to this day.
The NAAG human trafficking summit he hosted in Seattle in 2012 led AGs to
launch state-level initiatives around the country. His fellow attorneys general
honored him in 2011 with the Kelley-Wyman Award for “Outstanding Attorney
General” in America.