Robert D. Van Brocklin

Robert D. Van Brocklin

Senior Counsel
Portland, OR

About Bob

Bob Van Brocklin is senior counsel to Stoel Rives and was Firm Managing Partner from 2008 to 2015. As Managing Partner, Bob was the CEO of Stoel Rives responsible for the overall management of the firm and the implementation of its strategic priorities. Prior to serving as Managing Partner, Bob chaired Stoel Rives’ Land Use, Environmental, Natural Resource, and Real Estate practice group firm wide.

Bob concentrates his practice in energy, land use, and infrastructure development, including on complex project siting and administrative law and policy matters. Bob has represented industrial, commercial, retail, governmental, institutional, natural resource, and other clients on a wide range of projects, including obtaining  regulatory and administrative approvals necessary to construct facilities. Bob has also assisted clients in a wide range of governmental proceedings and negotiations in the Northwest and at the federal level.

Prior to joining Stoel Rives, Bob served on the professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in Washington, D.C. and as Director of Government Affairs for the City of Portland, Oregon.

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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors

Selected Civic Activities

  • Chair, Oregon Transportation Commission 
  • Board of Directors, Portland Business Alliance
  • Board of Directors, Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
  • Board of Directors, Portland Schools Foundation
  • Board of Directors, Portland Center Stage
  • Board of Directors, Oregon Symphony Association
  • Board of Directors, All Hands Raised
  • Chair, Portland Region United Way Campaign
  • Co-chairman, Portland Public Schools Bond Measure Campaign

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