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Robert Shanks has specialized in international compliance matters, transactions, investments and disputes for over four decades.  Prior to joining Steinman & Rodgers, he served as Vice President, Legal, for International and Washington Operations for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for legal issues involving cross-border transactions, international compliance and disputes for one of the largest U.S. aerospace and defense companies.  During more than a decade at Raytheon, he led the company’s re-design of its international compliance program following a voluntary disclosure to the Department of Justice and the SEC. The newly designed program received Transparency International’s annual corporate award in 2014 and was recognized as an industry leader by the Department of Justice, which selected Raytheon as a partner for its industry outreach program.

Mr. Shanks’ career has included government service as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and as Vice President & General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation; private practice as a partner in several major international law firms, including serving as the resident partner in one such firm’s Hong Kong office; and service as senior international counsel for a major telecommunications company, before moving to Raytheon in 2003.  While at Raytheon, he served on the boards and as an officer of Raytheon International Inc. and various other international subsidiaries and joint ventures. 

Mr. Shanks has written and spoken extensively on international investment, compliance and dispute-related issues. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, teaching courses on international joint ventures and on the First Amendment, and as both an arbitrator and counsel for international commercial and treaty arbitrations.  He is a Fellow in the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Mr. Shanks serves on the boards of the Children’s National Hospital Foundation and its Corporate Advisory Council, and as a Trustee of the Council on Accreditation.  He has previously served on the boards of the International Law Institute, the Washington Foreign Law Society, and as a member of the International Steering Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association.

Mr. Shanks received his A.B. from Brown University in 1972 and his J.D. in 1975 from the University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif, where he was editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review. He served as a law clerk to Judge Edward A. Tamm on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and to Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court.