Robert Frommer

Senior Attorney

Memberships

The District of Columbia Bar

The Virginia Bar

Robert Frommer serves as a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined the Institute in August 2008 and litigates cases both to secure individuals’ rights to private property and to protect free speech.

Robert is the Director of the Institute for Justice’s Project on the Fourth Amendment, which litigates to increase search and seizure protections for all Americans. As part of that effort, Robert is counsel in Snitko v. FBI, a case that challenges the FBI’s blanket search of hundreds of safe-deposit boxes based on a warrant it obtained with a ruse. He also is fighting in state courts to roll back the federal “open fields doctrine,” which wrongfully denies people constitutional protection in most private land in this country.

Robert is also part of the Institute for Justice’s efforts to end civil forfeiture. He was lead counsel on Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia, a case in which IJ brought an end to Philadelphia’s “forfeiture machine” and secured millions of dollars in restitution for its victims.

Lastly, Robert litigates in the First Amendment realm, particularly with respect to commercial speech and cities’ attempts to prohibit signs based on what they depict. He is lead counsel on Young v. Conway New Hampshire, where he is leading a free speech challenge to Conway’s attempt to censor a small-town bakery’s whimsical donut mural.

Robert’s views have been published in a number of print and online newspapers and journals, including The New York TimesThe Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun .

Before joining IJ, Robert was an attorney with the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.  He is a former law clerk to Judge Morris Sheppard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Robert received his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2004.

Robert's Cases

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Robert's Research & Reports

Economic Liberty

Opportunity Lost

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says his “administration is committed to creating the conditions and opportunities that will allow this industry [food trucks] to thrive, create jobs and support a vibrant food culture across…

Food-Truck Freedom

Economic Liberty | Vending

Food-Truck Freedom

In order to foster the conditions that will let food trucks thrive, this report offers recommendations based on the legislative best practices of Los Angeles and other cities.

Streets of Dreams

Economic Liberty | Vending

Streets of Dreams

Street vending is, and always has been, a part of the American economy and a fixture of urban life. Thanks to low start-up costs, the trade has offered countless entrepreneurs—particularly immigrants and others with little…

Washington, DC vs. Entrepreneurs

Economic Liberty

Washington, DC vs. Entrepreneurs

Rather than pursuing their dreams, too many residents in Washington, D.C., move to more hospitable jurisdictions, take their businesses underground or simply give up.

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Robert's Amicus Briefs

Doe v. Reed

Doe v. Reed

US Supreme Court

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Robert's News, Articles & Publications

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