Robert D. Fannion

Deputy County Counsel

Robert D. Fannion joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2020 as a member of the Finance and Government Operations Team, advising County departments, such as the County Clerk-Recorder and Department of Tax and Collections, on a range of legal issues.

Prior to joining the Office of the County Counsel, Robert represented investors and private companies in complex transactions up to $5 billion in value, private finance, and general corporate matters.  He also served as a judicial clerk to two Chief Judges at the U.S. Court of International Trade.  Prior to attending law school, Robert served on the faculties of Harvard University and Reed College, teaching courses in the social sciences and history.

Robert’s professional expertise includes:

  • Complex contracts
  • Administrative law and administrative appeals litigation
  • Finance
  • Corporate law


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2013
    • A. Calder Mackay Memorial Scholar
    • Class prizes in Administrative Law, Legal Ethics, Securities Litigation, and Comparative Corporate Capitalism
    • Pro Bono Distinction
  • Harvard University, Ph.D., 2006
    • Rupert Emerson Doctoral Fellow
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1996, Highest Honors

Prior Experience

  • Associate at Goodwin Procter LLP (2017-2020)
  • Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (2015-2017)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Chief Judge Timothy C. Stanceu (2014-2015)
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Chief Judge Donald C. Pogue (2013-2014)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Reed College (2009-2010)
  • Lecturer in Social Studies at Harvard University (2006-2009)
  • Research Associate at the Wissenschaftszentrum fűr Sozialforschung (2001)

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