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Robert B. Duncan

Washington, D.C.

Robert B. Duncan

Robert came to the practice of law following graduate studies in psychology and after a number of years teaching special-needs teenagers in inner-city Philadelphia and directing residential programs for mentally disabled adults in Northern Virginia. Hogan Lovells has continued to offer him broad and challenging experiences in a range of capacities since he joined the firm as an associate in 1987.

Robert has handled a wide array of complex commercial and intellectual property litigation in federal and state courts, and served as practice administrator for the firm’s litigation group for over a decade. He also headed our acclaimed pro bono practice for several years, and has handled a broad range of civil rights and public interest litigation and projects.

A longtime chair of the firm's U.S. Law School and Judicial Clerk Recruitment Committee, Robert currently focuses most of his attention on lateral partner recruiting and integration activities, working closely with the firm's regional and practice leadership in developing and achieving their strategic lateral partner hiring objectives.


Areas of focus

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1987
  • M.A., The Catholic University of America, 1984
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1978


  • Certified White Belt in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Federal Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Federal Court, Eastern District of Virginia


"Legal Elite" for Legal Services/Pro Bono

Virginia Business Magazine

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