Robert I. Fassbender
ROBERT I. FASSBENDER is the Managing Partner of the Hamilton Consulting Group. Since joining the firm in 1997, Bob’s leadership has helped grow Hamilton into a top Wisconsin government relations firm. The firm represents prominent corporations and state and national associations before the state legislature and executive branches, and has the state’s foremost regulatory practice. Bob has a unique combination of policy and political expertise, particularly in civil justice reform, environmental and energy policies.
Bob is also the Executive Director for the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council. The Council has gained national recognition for its role in passing sweeping legal reform and its continued commitment to combating lawsuit abuse. The Council was selected as the recipient of the 2013 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform Outstanding Organization Award.
Bob is a founder and is currently the President of the Great Lakes Legal Foundation, a non-profit legal foundation providing legal and policy expertise to advance economic growth and increase job opportunities in the upper Midwest. Recently, the Foundation was instrumental in having Wisconsin Supreme Court limit the expanding reach and burdens of the public trust doctrine. Through the Foundation, Bob targets agency practices that exceed their statutory authority or regulate without following required administrative rulemaking procedures.
From 1992 to 1997, Bob was with the Wisconsin law firm of Godfrey & Kahn, SC (“G&K”). He was a shareholder and headed up the government relations practice out of their Madison office. His legal practice focused on environmental and energy matters.
From 1989 to 1992, Bob was Director of Environmental Policy with Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC). As a WMC lawyer and lobbyist, he was often the lead industry negotiator on complex and controversial initiatives before the state legislature and regulatory agencies.
Bob practiced environmental law in California upon graduation from law school, first with the U.S. Air Force, Office of Judge Advocate General, and later was environmental counsel with McDonnell Douglas Corporation. In those capacities, he focused on Superfund litigation and air quality regulation. Before law school, Bob was a consulting engineer in California.
Bob received his law degree from the University of San Diego, and a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University. He is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and is a licensed Wisconsin lobbyist.
Contact Bob: email@example.com