Robert C. Odle, Jr. joined the firm’s Washington office in 1985 after serving as Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Energy. Mr. Odle represents clients on a wide range of matters before Congress, and agencies, departments, boards and commissions of the US Government. In addition to his work on major policy issues in the areas of corporate governance, energy, the environment, housing, and mass torts, he serves as counsel to several private equity funds and foundations now operating in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate in 1981, Mr. Odle was responsible for the Department of Energy’s legislative, public, intergovernmental and consumer affairs programs, DOE’s Office of Competition, and the environmental, health and safety compliance of DOE facilities, including the Nation's nuclear installations. He also served as the principal adviser to the Secretary in the formulation and review of national energy policy.
Prior to his DOE appointment, Mr. Odle was Washington Representative for International Paper Company. Joining International Paper in 1976, he specialized in liaison with federal agencies and departments, and represented the company before Congress on energy, environmental, regulatory, tax, and wage-price issues.
From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Odle served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. While at HUD, his primary responsibilities involved the financial and operational management of single and multifamily housing programs, and the administration of the Nation's public housing program. Prior to his service at HUD, Mr. Odle was a Staff Assistant to the President of the United States.
Mr. Odle is a member of the District of Columbia and Michigan Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Reagan Alumni Association, the Federalist Society, the Republican National Lawyers Association, the President’s Club of the Heritage Foundation, the President’s Cabinet of the Richard Nixon Foundation, the University Club of Washington, the John Carroll Society, Saint Mary's Church in Alexandria, Virginia, the Board of Trustees of the John Paul II Fellowship, the Review Board of the Diocese of Arlington, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
Mr. Odle also serves as General Counsel of the Richard Nixon Foundation at the presidential birthplace, library, and museum in Yorba Linda, California.