As a long-time veteran of the National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), the U.S. Chamber’s public policy law firm, Robin S. Conrad has spent more than a quarter century shaping the law on some of the most important public policy issues of the day. The National Law Journal selected Conrad in 2011 as one of Washington’s Most Influential In-House Attorneys, in 2010 as one of Washington’s Most Influential Women Lawyers, and in 2007 as one of The 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America.
Under Conrad’s leadership, NCLC has been widely praised as the most successful private litigant before the Supreme Court. As a leading litigation strategist, Conrad has played a critical role developing the law of class actions, energy and environmental regulations, federal preemption, punitive damages, and securities litigation. She represented the Chamber as lead petitioner in the Supreme Court federal preemption cases Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting (2011) and Chamber of Commerce v. Brown (2008), as well as Whitman v. American Trucking Assn., Inc., et al. (2001), a Clean Air Act case.
Recognizing that the law can be shaped in many ways, Conrad developed an innovative moot court program to prepare the nation’s leading Supreme Court advocates to argue landmark cases before the high court. A highly sought-after commentator on business law issues, Conrad also helps shape the law through interaction with the media and the legal academy. In May 2009, the Santa Clara Law Review published an article by Conrad that exhaustively analyzed the Supreme Court’s approach to business cases under the leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts. She is the co-author of 100 Ways to Cut Legal Fees & Manage Your Lawyer.
Conrad is committed to legal education and regularly instructs high school civics teachers on the role of interest groups at the Supreme Court through the Street Law Supreme Court Summer Institute, co-sponsored by the Supreme Court Historical Society.
An honors graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Conrad received her law degree from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. Prior to joining NCLC, she was an attorney adviser at EPA where she received the Gold Medal for Exceptional Service.
Conrad, an avid equestrienne, lives on a small horse farm in Brookeville, Maryland, with her husband, Robert Kelly, and their son, Braeden. She rides with the Howard County-Iron Bridge Hounds.