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September 20, 2017

Peter B. Robb Nominated as General Counsel to the NLRB

(Brattleboro, Vt.)  Attorney Peter B. Robb of the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC has been nominated for a four year term as general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. The nomination was announced on Friday.

The NLRB is an independent federal agency responsible for enforcing private sector U.S. labor law. The NLRB’s general counsel is responsible for investigating and prosecuting unfair labor practice cases and for the general supervision of the NLRB field offices in the processing of cases.

Robb joined DRM as a director in 1995. He chaired the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group from 2000 to 2009 and served as deputy managing partner from 2009 to 2012.

Robb’s legal career has spanned all aspects of labor and employment law – from chief counsel to a member of the NLRB to legal advisor to some of the largest corporations in the world. His extensive experience includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, plant closings, large and small labor contract negotiations as well as handling discrimination issues and disability claims. His litigation experience includes representing employers addressing unfair labor practice charges, age and sex discrimination charges, class action age claims, and wage and hour claims.

“Peter Robb has been the foundation around which we have built a strong labor and employment practice that is national in scope,” said Paul H. Ode, Jr., the firm’s managing partner. “Based upon that experience and reputation, we’ve been able to recruit and retain a top-rated legal team in this practice area that has served employers well, both in northern New England and across the country. While we will miss Peter here, we wish him a speedy confirmation and only the best in his new position.”

Robb earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Georgetown University and the juris doctor degree with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law. After a year with the Maryland Office on Aging, he was a field attorney in NLRB Region 5 and then a field attorney and supervising attorney at the Federal Labor Relations Authority Region 3. He was named deputy chief counsel to NLRB Board Member Robert P. Hunter in April, 1982, and chief counsel to Hunter in November, 1983. He joined the labor and employment group at Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn in 1985, and practiced at that firm for ten years. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, Vermont and the District of Columbia, U.S. District Courts for the districts of Maryland, Vermont and DC and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.


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