Robert Belair

Arnall, Golden, Gregory LLP

Robert R. Belair is a partner at Arnall, Golden, Gregory LLP, serving as the chair of the Privacy Practice as well as the Government Relations Practice. He is an internationally recognized privacy lawyer with over three decades of experience and is a frequent writer and speaker on privacy topics. He served as deputy counsel to the White House Privacy Committee in the Ford administration and as a lawyer in the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection doing Fair Credit Reporting Act and other privacy related work. Later, Belair served as general counsel of the National Commission on the Confidentiality of Health Records.

In private practice, Belair was a founding partner of Oldaker, Belair & Wittie. He was also a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and later at Mullenholz, Brimsek & Belair. He has done work for numerous government entities on privacy matters, including the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Department of Transportation and the Social Security Administration. On the Hill, Belair has served on the Judiciary Committee Advisory Committee for Chairman Joe Biden (D-DE) and as an advisor to Senator Bob Bennett's (R-UT) Health Privacy Task Force. Together with Alan Westin, he was the editor of a preeminent privacy periodical for the business community, Privacy & American Business.

Admitted to Practice in the District of Columbia, Belair received a BA in political science from Kalamazoo College, and he was a Harlan Stone Scholar, Charles Evan Hughes Scholar and the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review at Columbia Law School, where he received his JD.