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Robert Holleyman

Phone: +1 202.624.2505
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
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.


  • 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)


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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"U.S. and China Sign "Phase One" Trade Deal," International Trade Bulletin (January 16, 2020). Contacts: Robert Holleyman, John B. Brew, Joshua Boswell, Shelley Su, Evan Yu
Client Alert / Newsletter
"U.S. and China Sign “Phase One” Trade Deal," Crowell & Moring's International Trade Law (January 15, 2020). Authors: Robert Holleyman, Evan Y. Chuck and Joshua Boswell.
What's Needed To Resolve US-China Relationships Is Not In Deal: Trade Expert (video clip) CNBC (January 15, 2020)
In the News
"Payers, Providers, and Patients – Oh My!: Digital Health Innovation," Health Care Alert (January 14, 2020). Contacts: Joe Records, Jodi G. Daniel, Robert Holleyman, Payal Nanavati
Client Alert / Newsletter
European Stocks Climb On US-China Trade Deal Optimism The Epoch Times (January 2, 2020)
In the News
"USMCA Contains First-Ever Provisions to Take on the Challenge of Marine Litter," International Trade Bulletin (December 20, 2019). Contacts: Robert Holleyman, Ryan MacFarlane, Olivia Burzynska-Hernandez
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Malaysia Launches APEC 2020 Host Year and Announces Major Themes and Opportunities for Private Sector Engagement," Regulatory Alert (December 16, 2019). Contacts: Robert Holleyman, Patricia L. Wu, Ryan MacFarlane, Clark Jennings, Michael E. Schmitz, Andrew Blasi, Joshua Boswell
Client Alert / Newsletter
The Markets Have Spoken: Phase One Trade Deal Between The U.S. And China Is 'No Victory' Fortune (December 13, 2019)
In the News
Donald Trump's Block On WTO Judges Creates 'Doomsday Scenario' For World Trade Disputes South China Morning Post (November 21, 2019)
In the News
"The Month in International Trade – October 2019," International Trade Bulletin (November 8, 2019). Contacts: Jeffrey L. Snyder, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Spencer Toubia, Carlton Greene, Nicole Sayegh Succar, Robert Holleyman, Walter (Sam) Boone, Rebecca Toro Condori
Client Alert / Newsletter

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