Robert Harmala focuses his practice on government relations at the federal, state and local levels. Mr. Harmala's legislative and legal experience spans a diverse array of subject areas including Native American affairs, intellectual property, international relations, appropriations, tax, the laws of the European Union, transportation, telecommunications, media and advertising.

In addition to his federal representation, Mr. Harmala also provides advocacy services to clients before the California legislature as well as other political entities in California. Mr. Harmala has practiced both in large law firms and as a sole practitioner. As a sole practitioner with an office in the Netherlands, he advised U.S. clients on the laws of the European Union as well as political intelligence on EU decision making.

Mr. Harmala is an active participant in Democratic politics and has worked in various capacities with the Democratic Parties of California, South Dakota, Wyoming and Kentucky.

Professional & Community Activities

Former counsel to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Staff of Representative Howard Berman (D-CA)

Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition, Former Member


  • University of Southern California, J.D. (1994)
  • University of California, Berkeley, A.B. (1991)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia (1996)
  • California (1995)


  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (2002)

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