Attorney Peter B. Robb was sworn in as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Agency) today for a four year term. Mr. Robb was nominated by President Donald J. Trump in September and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 8, 2017. He replaces Richard F. Griffin, Jr., who served as General Counsel from November 4, 2013 to October 31, 2017. Following the end of Mr. Griffin’s term, Deputy General Counsel Jennifer A. Abruzzo served as Acting General Counsel from November 1, 2017 to November 17, 2017.
Mr. Robb stated, “I am honored to serve as General Counsel of the NLRB. I have always believed in the core values expressed in the National Labor Relations Act, which, in essence, is to protect the rights of employees to engage in union or other protected, concerted activity with respect to wages, hours and working conditions, as well as the rights of employees to refrain from such activities. And, once employees have freely chosen a labor organization to represent them, the Act promotes collective bargaining. These principles are part of the foundation of our successful economic system. I look forward to working with the dedicated Board staff at the NLRB in effectively and efficiently administering the Act and promoting the mission of the Agency”.
Before becoming the NLRB’s General Counsel, Mr. Robb was a Director at the northern New England law firm Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC (DRM). Robb joined DRM as a Director in 1995. He chaired the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group from 2000 to 2009 and served as Deputy Managing Partner from 2009 to 2012. He also served on the American Bar Association’s Practice and Procedures Committee for the National Labor Relations Board.
Mr. Robb received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of Maryland School of Law; and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.
Established in 1935, the National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency that protects employers and employees from unfair labor practices, and protects the right of private sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve wages, benefits and working conditions. The NLRB conducts hundreds of workplace elections and investigates thousands of unfair labor practice charges each year. The Office of the General Counsel is independent from the Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases, for the conducting of secret ballot elections to determine whether employees desire union representation, for the overall supervision of field offices around the country, and for the general oversight of the Agency’s administrative, financial, personnel and human capital operations.