Robert H. Bradner

Partner
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Robert H. Bradner is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Holland & Knight.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Bradner spent 13 years in government service, including seven as chief of staff and counsel to Congressman John Edward Porter of Illinois, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related agencies, and Senior Member of the Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, Export Financing and Related Programs. He also practiced in intergovernmental and environmental law in Holland & Knight’s Chicago office.

Mr. Bradner is experienced on the federal budget and appropriations process and he has broad experience in the legislative and regulatory arena. He provides counseling, strategy development, drafting and advocacy services on even the most complex and difficult matters of federal policy. He is particularly knowledgeable on legal and policy issues in the areas of health, education, employment, environment and international affairs.

Mr. Bradner possesses over a decade of experience successfully impacting the development of policy by the Department of Health and Human Services in such areas as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, the regulation of healthcare providers, and biomedical research and development. He has a similar record of involvement in the development of employment and labor policies. His work with the education community has included assisting academic medical centers and research universities to address research resource issues and to obtain regulatory relief, helping institutions of higher education to address workforce, liability and funding needs and advocating on elementary and secondary education issues.

Mr. Bradner is accomplished in the process of securing federal support for a wide variety of undertakings, including healthcare facilities and programs, transportation projects, water resources initiatives, environmental mitigation efforts, water supply and wastewater treatment systems, workforce development initiatives, military construction projects, research projects and educational facility and program support.

Mr. Bradner’s background in environmental law includes significant involvement in the 1986 reauthorization of the Superfund statute, the clean-up of toxic waste sites, the approval process for municipal solid waste landfills, the Clean Water Act Section 404 permitting process and the law of interstate solid waste disposal.  He worked on the closure and reuse of two military bases and he counsels clients on base closure issues.

Through his work with the House Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Mr. Bradner acquired extensive international policy skills. He has traveled in Asia and the Middle East, and is knowledgeable on appropriations and policy matters involving the U.S. State Department, the Agency for International Development, and bilateral and multilateral institutions.