Clients want to run their business, doing what they do best, and not have to worry about legal issues. There are times when I have to counsel a client to stop, look and pay attention to potential legal and regulatory hurdles. That’s why they hire me. But my aim always is to give guidance and advice that will be the least disruptive to their business and facilitate achievement of their objectives as soon as possible. Lawyers should be deal makers, not deal breakers.
Robert L. Rieger, Jr. advises clients in government relations and related litigation matters in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. He focuses his practice on the needs of individuals and companies in the public utility, telecommunications, electricity generation, and health care industries as well as addressing corporate law, governmental ethics, campaign finance and general administrative law issues. He devises and implements legislative and litigation solutions designed to curb agency overreach and promote a level playing field for entities subject to governmental or professional licensing or regulation.
Rob has represented a diverse array of clients before numerous governmental bodies, including the Louisiana Legislature and state agencies, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He advises clients at any stage of interaction with government entities – rendering advice before initial agency inquiry, advising on legislative strategy, negotiating with regulators, or, if necessary, pursuing litigation against government entities. He has argued multiple cases before the Supreme Court of Louisiana.
Prior to joining Adams and Reese, he was general counsel to the Louisiana Public Service Commission, which regulates hundreds of jurisdictional electrical, water, gas, telephone and sewer entities. Before that, he served as general counsel to the Louisiana Bankers' Association, where he edited Louisiana Banking Laws, lobbied, and submitted amicus curiae briefs on banking law issues.
“ If you’re a company that faces exposure in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government, you want a lawyer who can recognize the interplay and craft a coordinated strategy. I know these territories and have counseled clients on how effectively to navigate all three branches. ”
- Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1987
- Emory University, B.A., 1981
Areas of Practice
- Best Lawyers® Lawyer of the Year in Baton Rouge – Government Relations, 2024
- Boy Scouts of America, Board Member, Past Committee Chair
- Episcopal E-100, President
- Episcopal High School, PA Announcer - Varsity Football
- Best Lawyers® - Government Relations Practice, Communications Law, Health Care Law, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
Rob is a past Chairman and member of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s Liability Task Force and actively advocates tort, property, and procedural law issues for individuals and business interests.
Rob co-authors with E.L. Henry the Louisiana Chapter of West's Lobbying, PACs and Campaign Finance- 50 State Handbook, now in its 19th edition.
Rob annually presents numerous seminars and talks on diverse topics in governmental ethics, health care, administrative law, regulated utility law, current legislative developments, and related matters.