Government Experience

  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative—Ambassador, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, 2014 – 2017; Member, U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, 2010 – 2014
  • United States Senate—Senior Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (1987-1990); Legislative Director and Assistant, U.S. Senator Russell B. Long, 1982 – 1987


  • Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, B.A. (1976) 2012 Distinguished Alumnus
  • Louisiana State University Law School, J.D. (1979)
  • Stanford Graduate School of Business, Certificate (1998)


  • District of Columbia
  • Louisiana
  • Texas (Inactive)

Robert Holleyman

Partner and C&M International President & CEO

Ambassador Robert Holleyman is the president and CEO of Crowell & Moring International and a partner in Crowell & Moring’s International Trade, and Privacy and Security groups. He advises clients on a range of trade and investment issues, including market access, global trade negotiations, tariffs, cross-border data flows, and privacy/cybersecurity, among other matters.

Ambassador Holleyman has significant trade, international business, economic policy, and legal experience from his service as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, as CEO of a highly successful information technology advocacy association, and work as counsel in the U.S. Senate. He served as Deputy United States Trade Representative from 2014 to 2017, with the rank of Ambassador.

In his most recent position, Ambassador Holleyman was responsible for U.S. trade and investment relations with Asia and with regional institutions, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. He led USTR’s negotiations with China, including the work of the annual Joint Committee on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) and with India through the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF). In addition, Ambassador Holleyman was responsible for global trade policy in the areas of services, investment, intellectual property (IP), and innovation.

Ambassador Holleyman led the creation of a new Digital Trade Working Group within USTR to focus on trade policy and the digital economy and to advance U.S. negotiating priorities around digital trade. He developed and advanced USTR’s "Digital2Dozen," a series of groundbreaking measures secured in the Asia-Pacific region that established rules promoting a free and open internet; expanded e-commerce; led to the free flow of cross-border data transfers; and enhanced cybersecurity, consumer privacy, competition in telecommunications networks, and disciplines to eliminate and prohibit barriers to new digital products and services.

Ambassador Holleyman served as a board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s global development financing institution. He represented USTR on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), reviewing foreign acquisitions of U.S. commercial entities for their impact on national security.

While in the private sector, Ambassador Holleyman was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). He previously served as a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Services for the U.S. Department of Commerce and USTR. In earlier public service, Ambassador Holleyman was Senior Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Legislative Director and Assistant to U.S. Senator Russell B. Long (D-LA); and Judicial Clerk to U.S. District Judge Jack M. Gordon of the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans.

Ambassador Holleyman was President and CEO of BSA/The Software Alliance from 1990 to 2013, where he transformed an early stage enterprise into a global association representing the world’s software powerhouses across 65 countries with 16 foreign offices. At BSA, he positioned companies to address emerging standards, competition, IP, and innovation issues. Ambassador Holleyman has testified frequently before Congress and international bodies, and appeared in major media outlets in the U.S. and internationally on the topics of innovation, IP, emerging markets, export controls, encryption, cybersecurity, digital transformation, and cloud computing. He was named by Managing IP magazine as one of the "50 Most Influential People" in the intellectual property world, by the The Washington Post as a key private sector player in cybersecurity policy, and by Computer Reseller News as one of "20 To Watch" in the software industry. Previously, Ambassador Holleyman worked in commercial litigation with a law firm in Houston, Texas.

Ambassador Holleyman is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe, NM, an Honorary Trustee of the National Building Museum and has previously served as a board member of the Stephen Decatur House Museum and Food & Friends in Washington, D.C.


Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe NM, Board of Trustees
  • National Building Museum, Honorary Trustee
  • Stephen Decatur House Museum, Former Board Member
  • Bryce Harlow Foundation, Former Board Member
  • Food & Friends, Former Board Member

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Digital Economy and APEC," National Center for APEC Executive Roundtable Program Panel (March 23, 2022). Moderator: Robert Holleyman.
  • "Examining the impact of US-China trade tensions on trade policies in APAC," Asia Trade Week Webinar 2022 (March 21, 2022). Speaker: Robert Holleyman.
  • "Governance Trends in ESG for the Aerospace and Defense Sector," Crowell & Moring Webinar. (March 1, 2022). Speakers: Robert Holleyman and L. Preston Pugh.
  • "The Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill: A Summary of the Bill, the Funds, the Flow and the Timeline for New Projects," Crowell & Moring Webinar. (November 18, 2021). Speakers: Bryon R. Brown, Robert A. Burton, Lorraine M. Campos, Rebecca Baden Chaney, Michelle Coleman, W. Scott Douglas, Larry F. Eisenstat, James Flood, David J. Ginsberg, Robert Holleyman, Joshua M, Lindsay, Thomas Lorenzen, Stephen J. McBrady, and Scott Winkelman.
  • "Next Steps in U.S.-Japan Economic Relations," CSIS, Webinar. (November 11, 2021). Speakers: Robert Holleyman.
  • "The CPTPP at Three" CSIS, Webinar (October 28, 2021). Speakers: Robert Holleyman.
  • "Global Cross-Border Data Transfers (Part 3)," Crowell & Moring Webinar (April 15, 2021). Presenters: Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Jarno Vanto, Maarten Stassen, and Laurence Winston.
  • "Panel Discussion," Recent Progress and Persistent Challenges in IP in the Indo-Pacific Region: An Update from the IP Commission (March 29, 2021). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Navigating a Changing Global Trade Landscape: What Lies Ahead in 2021," Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Webinar (February 17, 2021). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "U.S. Trade Policy in the Biden Era," NBR's Reshaping Indo-Pacific Trade Relations through Renewed American Engagement (February 9, 2021). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Trade & Environmental Sustainability," Washington International Trade Association’s 2021 Washington International Trade Conference (February 8, 2021). Speaker: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "A Conversation with Ambassador Robert Holleyman," U.S. Chamber of Commerce Webinar (February 2, 2021). Speaker: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Climate 2021: Preparing for the Legal, Regulatory, Policy and Shareholder Challenges Ahead," Crowell & Moring and Crowell & Moring International Webinar (December 9, 2020). Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman; Panelists: David B. Blair, Thomas A. Lorenzen, Amanda Shafer Berman, Himamauli Das, and Joshua Boswell.
  • "Global Cross-Border Data Transfers (Part 2)," Crowell & Moring Webinar (December 3, 2020). Presenters: Kate M. Growley, Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Maarten Stassen, Jarno Vanto, Robert Clifton Burns and Zhiwei Chen.
  • "Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Impact of Dueling Tech Regulations and Escalating Tensions on Cross-Border Transactions," Crowell & Moring Webinar (November 19, 2020). Presenters: Vassilis Akritidis, Evan Y. Chuck, Robert Holleyman, and Caroline E. Brown.
  • "WITA's Post-Election Analysis," Washington International Trade Association Webinar (November 12, 2020). Speaker: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Election 2020: U.S. International Trade Policy and Its Impact on Cross-Border Business Strategy," Crowell & Moring Webinar (October 15, 2020). Presenters: Caroline E. Brown, Evan Y. Chuck, Robert Holleyman, Clark Jennings, and Shelley Su.
  • "Global Cross-Border Data Transfers (Part 1)," Crowell & Moring Webinar (September 16, 2020). Moderator: Kristin J. Madigan; Presenters: Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Maarten Stassen, Jarno Vanto, and Laurence Winston.
  • Election 2020 and the Implications for Your Business (September 3, 2020). Presenters: Byron R. Brown, Robert A. Burton, Jodi G. Daniel, James G. Flood, Thomas P. Gies, Ambassador Robert Holleyman, S. Starling Marshall, and W. Scott Douglas.
  • "Cross-Border Digital Asset Payments: What You Need to Know About Regulations in the U.S. and Canada," Crowell & Moring Webinar (July 16, 2020). Presenters: Michelle Ann Gitlitz, Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Carlton Greene, and Jorge Pesok.
  • "Medical Supply Chains: Questions Companies are Asking and Evolving Government Actions in the Aftermath of COVID-19," Crowell & Moring International Webinar (June 24, 2020). Presenters: Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Patricia L. Wu, John Fuson, James G. Flood, Himamauli Das, and Joshua Boswell.
  • "The U.S.-China Relationship and Implications for the Future of Supply Chains," American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Webinar (May 8, 2020). Presenters: Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Evan Y. Chuck, and Himamauli Das.
  • "Global Aerospace and Defence Compliance Leadership during and after COVID-19," Crowell & Moring Webinar (May 6, 2020). Presenters: Peter J. Eyre, Trina Fairley Barlow, Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Natalie O. Ludaway, and Laurence Winston
  • "The Future of Trade," The Asia House, Hong Kong (October 30, 2019). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Insight from Washington – What’s Next After the US-China Partial Trade Deal, and Implications for Business in Asia?" The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong Roundtable, Hong Kong (October 29, 2019). Speaker: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "The ICO Bares its (Sharp) Teeth: What You Need to Know About GDPR One Year On," Crowell & Moring, London (October 17, 2019). Moderator: Jeffrey L. Poston; Panelists: Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Maarten Stassen, and Laurence Winston.
  • "Exporting to the USA," Flanders Investment & Trade, Brussels, Belgium (October 14, 2019). Speaker: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Embracing the Digital Future in Support of Healthy Aging in APEC," 9th APEC High-Level Meeting on Health and the Economy, Puerto Varas, Chile (August 21, 2019). Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Industry Perspectives on Regulatory Convergence & The Future of Health Care," APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum – Policy Dialogue on Innovation, Regulatory Systems, and Regulatory Convergence, Puerto Varas, Chile (August 18, 2019). Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Attracting Capital – Role of Trade, Investment, and Innovation Policies," APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum – Policy Dialogue on Enabling Investment in the Innovative Life Sciences, Viña del Mar, Chile, and Santiago, Chile (May 15-16, 2019). Speaker: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Protecting Innovation," US-China Innovation Forum – Setting the Agenda, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, DC (April 10, 2019). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "The APEC Cross Border Privacy Rules," International Privacy Security Forum, Washington, DC (April 4, 2019). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "The Future of U.S.-Japan Trade," Washington International Trade Association, Washington, DC (April 3, 2019). Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Data Protection & Privacy: A Breakfast Salon," EU@SXSW, Austin, TX (March 9, 2019). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Privacy Police: Polarized Approaches to Global Data," SXSW, Austin, TX (March 9, 2019). Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Setting the Scene: Developments in Washington," American Chamber of Commerce in Japan Chief Executives Roundtable, Tokyo, Japan (January 29, 2019). Presenters: Robert Holleyman and Andrew Blasi.
  • "Innovative Health Care Financing Mechanisms," APFF and METI Conference, Tokyo, Japan (January 28, 2019). Moderator: Robert Holleyman; Panelist: Ryan MacFarlane.
  • "Regulatory Impacts on M&A—HSR and CFIUS under the Trump Administration," Western M&A/Private Equity Forum, San Francisco, CA (October 11, 2018). Moderator: Jeffrey C. Selman; Panelist: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Is Innovation with Chinese Characteristics Fueling a Tech War? What Does the Global Technology Landscape Look Like in 10 Years?" U.S. Chamber/AmCham China 9th annual China Business Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 1, 2018). Presenter: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Trade policy developments: Section 232, NAFTA renegotiation, and trade remedies," Trade in 2018 - What's Ahead?, Webinar (April 19, 2018). Presenters: Daniel Cannistra and Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Digital Economy and The Impact on Trade, Taxes and Outsourcing," The Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, MA (March 26, 2018). Presenter: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Free Trade or Protectionism: Are We Going Local? The Renegotiation of Brexit, NAFTA and Others – What Are the Challenges and Opportunities?" Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum Conference, Mexico City, Mexico (March 15, 2018). Presenter: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "What is The Future for Domestic Enforcement of IP Activities Occurring Abroad?" The Sedona Conference on International Patent Litigation, Reston, VA (February 2018). Moderator: Monte Cooper; Presenters: Matthew Powers, Brian Busey, Sidney Rosenzweig, Christine Lehman, and Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "IoT Data-Ownership and Licensing – Who Owns the Data?" The 5th Annual Internet of Things Global Summit, Washington, D.C. (October 2017). Moderator: Ambassador Robert Holleyman; Presenters: Patrick Parodi, Stacey Gray, Susan Allen, Mark Eichorn, and Vince Jesaitis.
  • "Dialogue on Regional Trade Agreements and Free Trade Agreements," Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials’ Meeting, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (August 2017). Presenters: Motomu Takahashi, Eduardo Pedrosa, Jeff Schott, and Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Prioritizing African Trade: Policies & Practices," Citi & George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affair, Washington, D.C. (April 2017). Presenters: Michael Moore, Anabel Gonzalez, Kimberley Claman and Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "NAFTA: Renegotiation," Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and Arent Fox, Washington, D.C. (April 2017). Keynote: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Trump, China and Trade Wars: Tech in the Trenches," South by Southwest, Austin, Texas (March 2017). Presenters: Laura Sallstrom and Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "International Trade and Cybersecurity," Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit VII, East-West Institute, Berkeley, California (March 2017). Discussants: Admiral David Simpson, Del Christensen, Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "The U.S. Trade Landscape," Austin Chamber of Commerce Federal Advocacy Council, Austin, Texas (February 2017). Presenter: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.
  • "Keynote Speech on Trade," International Bar Association Annual Conference 2016, Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2016). Keynote Speaker and Presenter: Ambassador Robert Holleyman.


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May 6, 2022 Washingtonian Names Crowell & Moring’s Ambassador Robert Holleyman to 2022 “Washington’s Most Influential People” List
March 15, 2021 Crowell & Moring Establishes Global Environmental, Social, and Governance Advisory Team
February 26, 2021 Washingtonian Names Ambassador Robert Holleyman to 2021 “Washington’s Most Influential People” List
November 12, 2020 Ambassador Robert Holleyman Discusses Post-Election Trade Policy at Washington International Trade Association Event
October 26, 2020 Crowell & Moring Presents Trade Insights to Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
February 11, 2020 Crowell & Moring International, LLC Expands to Singapore
March 11, 2019 Crowell & Moring Expands International Trade and Global Employment Practices with Four Senior Lawyers; CMI Breaks New Ground in Shanghai
July 10, 2017 Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman Joins C&M International as President & CEO and Crowell & Moring as Partner