Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Robert H. Philibosian '67

Robert Philibosian

Of Counsel, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

A.B. Political Science, Stanford University

From public sector to private practice: A career in public service

Robert Philibosian's Southwestern education allowed him to progress from a budding career in public service to the pinnacle of state and local law enforcement leadership and a partnership in one of the nation's largest full-service law firms.

Beginning as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles, Philibosian rose to become Head Deputy for the Van Nuys office before being tapped by then Attorney General George Deukmejian to serve as Chief Assistant Attorney General with a staff of 200 lawyers and 70 investigators in four offices around the state. Promoted to Chief Deputy Attorney General, he managed the daily operations of the Department of Justice with 2,900 employees and a $130 million budget before returning to Los Angeles. As the county’s District Attorney, he headed the nation's largest local prosecuting office with 2,000 employees, among them more than 700 lawyers, and a budget of $92 million.

Leaving the District Attorney's office in 1984, Philibosian transferred his expertise to the private sector. "After so many years in public service, moving into government and administrative law was a natural step," he said. Skilled in negotiation and a veteran navigator of the government agency maze, Philibosian represents clients before local, state and federal administrative agencies and legislative bodies. He advises and represents clients on government permits, regulatory matters and other projects involving land use, coastal developments, public-private partnerships and municipal contracts, and consumer and environmental enforcement actions. He has also served as a news analyst and consultant to ABC Network News, and appeared on World News Tonight, Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20 and other programs.

"I received a very practical education at Southwestern," Philibosian said. "I had the benefit of learning from outstanding professors who stressed the importance of practice, in addition to understanding theory. Southwestern continues to provide students with excellent preparation for the practice of law."