Who’s Robert C O’Brien, Trump’s New National Security Advisor?

Robert C O’Brien is a known attorney who serves as a co-founder of one of the notable chambers in the United States. He is also known as an author and the State Department Chief hostage negotiator who has successfully negotiated the release of many Americans detained in foreign lands. Following his works in the past years in different political regimes as well as his records in handling hostage matters, Robert was recently selected as the 28th United States National Security Advisor. Below are more details about the early life and career of the widely known political advisor.

Robert C O’Brien’s Early Life and Education

The prominent trial attorney was born in Los Angeles, California, United States. His exact year of birth is yet to be known as it is assumed to be either 1965 or 1966. He completed his basic education in a California-based school called Cardinal Newman High School. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998 and there, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He then furthered his education by enrolling at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree.

Robert C O’Brien also studied for a year in South Africa at the University of Free State. Prior to his graduation from Law School, he worked as a clerk in the office of J. P Vukasin, a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Legal Career

Upon his graduation, he began working as an associate attorney at different law firms for years. He then began managing O’Brien Abeles and also serving as a partner in the law firm which he co-established in 1998. He also carried out the same role for more than eight years at Arent Fox before moving on to establish his own firm, Larson O’Brien alongside Stephen Larson in 2016. Robert’s expertise as a legal practitioner covers diverse sectors including oil and gas, intellectual property, entertainment, contract, and business issues.

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As a result, he has served as an attorney for several clients in the corporate world in addition to legally representing many celebrated figures as some of his clients includes Jim Irwin and Buzz Aldrin. He is recognised for his works on protecting the reputation and intellectual property rights of his clients as well as their publicity and privacy rights.

Robert C O’Brien’s Political Affiliations

Prior to his appointment in the State Department, Robert C O’Brien has played key roles in politics. He has been associated with many known political personalities whom he served as their adviser having been among their advisory team. He equally participated in the campaign of then-presidential candidates like Ted Cruz, working as an advisor. During the regime of George W Bush, Robert C O’Brien was given a political appointment as he represented the United States in the 2005-06 United Nations General Assembly.

In 2008, he was also selected among the members of the advisory committee that tackles issues involving cultural matters. He further worked as a delegate of the International Republican Institute during which he observed several electoral processes including the presidential election of the Republic of Georgia in 2013 and the parliamentary election that was held in Ukraine in 2014.

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Robert C O’Brien at his inaugural ceremony (image source)


Additionally, Robert C O’Brien has penned down his incredible knowledge on foreign policy in a book entitled, While America Sleep: Restoring American Leadership to a World in Crisis. He has also written several articles which have gained publications in known journals across the country.

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In 2017, Robert was considered for the position of the secretary of the Navy before he was then made the United States chief hostage negotiator in the next year, which was followed by a promotion to US Ambassador in 2019. Following his position, he was asked by the 45th United States President, Donald Trump to follow the trial of the music artist, ASAP Rocky who was apprehended in Sweden for assaulting a teenager in August 2019.

Robert C O’Brien successful handled the case, which led to the release of the rapper. He has also worked on the release of other Americans like Pastor Andrew Brunson which has led to him gaining appraisals from Trump. However, on 18th September 2019, he was sworn in as the US National Security Advisor, thereby replacing John Bolton who previously held the position.

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