A former White House official, Robert Kapla chairs our Public Policy International Practice. In addition to advising sovereign governments on US policy, Robert regularly counsels multinational corporations on government relations around the globe. In particular, he assists foreign governments and businesses on a range of matters including international trade and trade policy, international development, foreign aid, foreign investment, energy development, elections, territorial disputes and international treaty negotiations. Robert has experience in many regions of the world, including Latin America, Africa, Europe and Eurasia, South and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific.

    His past government experience enables Robert to interpret and navigate the complex legislative and regulatory issues often associated with doing business in the US and abroad. For example, Robert counsels foreign and domestic companies on international trade matters before the US Congress, the Office of the US Trade Representative and the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, State and the Treasury. He also provides strategic guidance to multinational companies on matters concerning international law, international trade negotiations, entry into foreign markets and tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade.

    Robert’s grasp of the legislative process has allowed him to develop, implement and manage targeted legislative strategies that enhance the economic success of his clients. He also provides strategic counsel to assist clients in understanding and traversing the often confusing US federal agency decision-making process.

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    • Assisting a Latin American government in securing Congressional passage of its free trade agreement with the US. 
    • Providing strategic guidance to a major East Asian government concerning its relations with the US Congress.
    • Helping a large US agricultural producer secure immediate duty-free treatment for its product under the pending Korea-US Free Trade Agreement – a potential US$37 million market.
    • Advising an EU member government on its bilateral relations with the US.
    • Providing guidance to an Eastern European government in negotiating a double tax treaty with the US.
    • Representing a Latin American business chamber in its support of the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.
    • Providing pro bono counsel to a US non-profit organization working to reform the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
    • Helping open an estimated US$20 million market by working with the US government to remove tariff and non-tariff barriers on a US industry’s exports to a Near Eastern country.
    • Counseling an African government in its successful removal from the Tier 2 Watch List in the US Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report.
    • Advising a major US business coalition on the design and implementation of a nationwide campaign that resulted in Congressional passage of the “Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act of 2006”.
    • Advising a non-profit Afghan-American organization working to strengthen the US-Afghanistan partnership.


    • University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, J.D., 2002
    • Indiana University, B.S., 1994


    • District of Columbia, 2005
    • Colorado, 2002


    • U.S. Court of International Trade

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Colorado Bar Association
    • American Bar Association 
    • American Society of International Law 
    • Washington Foreign Law Society 

    • “D.C. Deal maker of the Year,” National Law Journal, August 2013.

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    • Co-author, “Implications of Trump Budget Blueprint for US Stature Abroad,” Law360, March 2017.
    • Co-author, “TPP & TTIP bring change closer,” Speciality Chemicals Magazine, April 2016.
    • Co-author, “Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…,” Country Promotion Strategies Guide, Washington Diplomat, November 2012.
    • “Lobbying Street,” GQ China, Katherine Lewis, June 2012.
    • Speaker, “How US Listed Chinese Companies Can Defend Against Class Action Lawsuits, SEC Investigations, and Short-Seller Attacks in the United States,” seminar hosted by the Association of US Listed Chinese Companies, Shanghai, China, July 21, 2011.
    • Co-author, “Guiding Foreign Governments Through the Complex Intersection of Business, Law, and Foreign Policy: The Rising Importance of Washington Counsel,” Business Law Brief American University Washington College of Law, Spring/Summer 2010.

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