Robert Frommer


Senior Attorney

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

Robert works at the Institute for Justice to help raise public awareness concerning civil forfeiture.  He is counsel on Sourovelis v. City of Philadelphia, which is challenging aspects of the City of Brotherly Love’s civil-forfeiture machine that deprive thousands of people each year of their property and constitutional rights.  Robert is also lead counsel in LMP Services, Inc. v. City of Chicago, which is challenging Chicago’s requirement that food trucks not operate within 200 feet of any brick-and-mortar restaurant and be equipped with GPS tracking devices that let the public track their every move.  Robert also litigates in the First Amendment realm, particularly with respect to cities’ attempts to prohibit certain murals and banners based on what they depict.  Robert’s views have been published in a number of print and on-line newspapers and journals, including The Washington PostThe Baltimore Sun and The Denver Post.

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 Frommer is a member of the DC and Virginia bars.

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Research and Reports

  • October 19, 2016    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Opportunity Lost

    How Chicago’s food truck proximity ban hinders economic opportunity and stifles consumer choice

    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 Chicago.” But actions speak louder than words, and a new analysis of data obtained through the lawsuit finds that the city’s protectionist…

  • November 1, 2012    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Food-Truck Freedom

    How to Build Better Food-Truck Laws in Your City

    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.

  • July 1, 2011    |    Strategic Research

    Streets of Dreams

    How Cities Can Create Economic Opportunity by Knocking Down Protectionist Barriers to Street Vending

    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 income or capital—opportunities for self-sufficiency and upward mobility. At the same time, vendors enrich their communities by providing access to…

  • November 1, 2010    |    Studies on Barriers to Entrepreneurship

    Washington, DC vs. Entrepreneurs

    DC’s Monumental Regulations Stifle Small Businesses

    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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