Robert McNamara
Senior Attorney

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Robert McNamara serves as a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined the Institute in August 2006 and litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting the First Amendment, property rights, economic liberty and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts.

Robert’s practice has ranged from litigating in defense of tour guides’ First Amendment right to talk for a living to protecting property owners from eminent domain abuse. He also directs IJ’s National Transportation Initiative, which fights for the rights of taxi, limousine, and other transportation entrepreneurs nationwide, and was co-counsel in Flynn v. Holder, IJ’s landmark challenge to the federal prohibition on compensating bone-marrow donors.

Robert’s opinions and views on legal issues have been featured in outlets including The Atlantic Monthly; The Boston Globe; The Wall Street Journal;; NPR’s All Things Considered; and Fox News Channel. His writing has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and other outlets nationwide.

Robert is a graduate of Boston University and the New York University School of Law. While at NYU, he was a founding member and eventual Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, a scholarly journal dedicated to the critical exploration of classical liberal ideas. He currently lives in Virginia with his wife and daughter.


Robert McNamara is a member of the Virginia bar.

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