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Robert Holleyman

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rholleyman@crowell.com
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Washington, DC 20004-2595

Ambassador Robert Holleyman is the president and CEO of Crowell & Moring International and a partner in Crowell & Moring’s International Trade, and Privacy and Security groups. He advises clients on a range of trade and investment issues, including market access, global trade negotiations, tariffs, cross-border data flows, and privacy/cybersecurity, among other things.

Ambassador Holleyman has significant trade, international business, economic policy, and legal experience from his service as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, as CEO of a highly successful information technology advocacy association, and work as counsel in the U.S. Senate. He served as Deputy United States Trade Representative from 2014-2017, with the rank of Ambassador. 
 
In his most recent position, Ambassador Holleyman was responsible for U.S. trade and investment relations with Asia and with regional institutions, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He led USTR’s negotiations with China, including the work of the annual Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) and with India through the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF). In addition, Ambassador Holleyman was responsible for global trade policy in the areas of services, investment, intellectual property (IP), and innovation. 
 
Ambassador Holleyman led the creation of a new Digital Trade Working Group within USTR to focus on trade policy and the digital economy and to advance U.S. negotiating priorities around digital trade. He developed and advanced USTR’s “Digital2Dozen,” a series of groundbreaking measures secured in the Asia-Pacific region that established rules promoting a free and open internet; expanded e-commerce; led to the free flow of cross-border data transfers; and enhanced cybersecurity, consumer privacy, competition in telecommunications networks, and disciplines to eliminate and prohibit barriers to new digital products and services. 

Ambassador Holleyman served as a board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s global development financing institution. He represented USTR on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), reviewing foreign acquisitions of U.S. commercial entities for their impact on national security.  

While in the private sector, Ambassador Holleyman was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). He previously served as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services for the U.S. Department of Commerce and USTR. In earlier public service, Ambassador Holleyman was Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Legislative Director and Assistant to U.S. Senator Russell B. Long (D-LA); and Judicial Clerk to U.S. District Judge Jack M. Gordon of the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.  

Ambassador Holleyman was President and CEO of BSA/The Software Alliance from 1990–2013, where he transformed an early stage enterprise into a global association representing the world’s software powerhouses across 65 countries with 16 foreign offices. At BSA, he positioned companies to address emerging standards, competition, IP, and innovation issues. Ambassador Holleyman has testified frequently before Congress and international bodies, and appeared in major media outlets in the U.S. and internationally on the topics of innovation, IP, emerging markets, export controls, encryption, cybersecurity, digital transformation, and cloud computing. He was named by Managing IP magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential People” in the intellectual property world, by the The Washington Post as a key private sector player in cybersecurity policy, and by Computer Reseller News as one of “20 To Watch” in the software industry. Previously, Ambassador Holleyman worked in commercial litigation with a law firm in Houston, Texas. 

Ambassador Holleyman received his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he was named its 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. He has studied at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, NM,an Honorary Trustee of the National Building Museum and has previously served as a board member of the Stephen Decatur House Museum and Food & Friends in Washington, DC.   He is also a Distinguished Fellow at the EastWest Institute and member of the Advisory Council at the Center for Democracy and Technology.

Education

  • Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, B.A. (1976) 2012 Distinguished Alumnus
  • Louisiana State University Law School, J.D. (1979)
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certificate (1998)

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, Texas, Louisiana

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe NM, Board of Trustees
  • National Building Museum, Honorary Trustee
  • Stephen Decatur House Museum, Former Board Member
  • Bryce Harlow Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Food & Friends, Former Board Member

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"The Month in International Trade – June 2019," International Trade Bulletin (July 10, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, John B. Brew, Spencer Toubia, Robert Holleyman, Andrew Blasi, Eric Obscherning, Jason M. Crawford, Allegra K. Flamm, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Daniel W. Wolff, Amanda Shafer Berman, John E. McCarthy Jr., Anuj Vohra, Lauren H. Williams, G. Meredith Parnell
Client Alert/Newsletter
International Trade In 2019: What's Happened, What's Next Law360 (July 1, 2019)
In the News
US To China: Fix Tech Policies, China's Retort: Drop Tariffs Associated Press (June 27, 2019)
In the News
The Truth About Trade Agreements In The Digital Age Salzburg Global Seminar (June 16, 2019)
In the News
Rep. Doggett: Trump's Comments About Foreign Help Should Move Dems On Impeachment (video clip) MSNBC (June 12, 2019)
In the News
"Attracting Capital – Role of Trade, Investment, and Innovation Policies," APEC Life Sciences Forum, Viña del Mar, Chile, and Santiago, Chile (May 15-16, 2019). Speaker: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
Speech/Presentation
New Trump Tariffs Put US-China Trade Effort On The Rocks Law360 (May 6, 2019)
In the News
"Protecting Innovation," US-China Innovation Forum – Setting the Agenda, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (April 10, 2019). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
Speech/Presentation
"The APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules," International Privacy Security Forum, Washington, DC (April 4, 2019). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
Speech/Presentation
"The Future of U.S.-Japan Trade," Washington International Trade Association, Washington, DC (April 3, 2019). Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
Speech/Presentation

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