Rob McKenna, partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and national co-chair of its Public Policy Group, served two terms as Washington’s 17th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, he directed more than 500 attorneys and over 600 professional staff in the nation’s fifth-largest state attorney general’s office (AGO).
He won all three of the cases he argued before the US Supreme Court, defending voter-adopted laws on campaign finance reform, the top-two primary election system, and the state public records law.
A national leader, McKenna was 2011–12 president of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). He received the 2011 NAAG Kelley-Wyman Award for “Outstanding Attorney General” in America. He also served in a large number of other leadership roles, such as co-chair or member of the executive committees that negotiated three of the largest consumer financial protection settlements in US history, all involving mortgage lending and servicing. The final settlement in 2012 resulted in 25 billion dollars in relief for American homeowners and produced much more stringent loan servicing standards.
McKenna’s policy priorities while in office, which resulted in 45 AGO-sponsored bills becoming law, included the following:
- Making communities safer by leading the state in fighting meth and prescription drug abuse, gang violence, human trafficking, sexual predators and domestic violence.
- Protecting consumers and businesses from identity theft, internet predators, fraud, and high-tech crimes, such as cyber fraud, phishing, and spyware.
- Promoting integrity in government by defending the state’s laws, implementing new performance management initiatives in his office, and encouraging open access to government.
McKenna received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988, where he was a member of the Law Review and received the Tony Patiño Fellowship for public service. He earned a BA in economics and a BA in international studies, both with honors, from the University of Washington, where he was student body president and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. An Eagle Scout himself, McKenna serves as Executive Vice President of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts.
McKenna and his wife, Marilyn, are co-chairs of the Bellevue Rotary Capital Campaign for Inspiration Playground, a groundbreaking new recreational facility in Bellevue’s Downtown Park that will serve special needs children and anyone with mobility limitations. The McKennas have four children and reside in Bellevue, Washington.