Robert S. Osborne is an of counsel member of the firm’s Corporate Practice in our Washington, DC office, where he currently focuses on pro bono transactions and counseling for not-for-profit entities. Mr. Osborne has extensive experience as a senior outside legal adviser and as a former general counsel of three public companies, Lands’ End, General Motors and Booz Allen Hamilton. His varied legal career has ranged from crisis management, compliance, corporate governance and disclosure issues to public and private acquisitions, joint ventures and capital market transactions.
Mr. Osborne retired in 2013 as executive vice president of Booz Allen Hamilton, where he had led the legal teams for the technology and management consulting firm’s IPO and other significant transactions since 2010. Mr. Osborne served as group vice president and general counsel of General Motors Corporation from 2006 to 2009. While at GM, Mr. Osborne led a global staff of more than 200 lawyers in more than 30 countries and headed the legal teams that resolved complex securities litigation and investigations, negotiated a series of federal government loans, and successfully executed GM’s complex Section 363 sale and rapid emergence from bankruptcy.
Mr. Osborne was a senior partner of Jenner & Block, chair of its Corporate Department and a member of its Management and Policy Committees from 2002 until he joined GM in 2006. Before joining Jenner & Block, he had practiced law for 23 years with an international firm based in Chicago and served on its firmwide management committee. He also led the IPO for Lands’ End, Inc. in 1986 and served as its secretary and general counsel thereafter. Mr. Osborne has taught advanced corporate law courses on the adjunct faculty of the University of Chicago School of Law. He serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of Alaska and the Alaska Wilderness League and as a member of the President's Council of the Wilderness Society.