Robert McNamara serves as a staff attorney with the Institute for Justice. He joined the Institute in August 2006 and litigates cutting-edge constitutional cases protecting First Amendment, property rights, economic liberty and other individual liberties in both federal and state courts.
Currently, Robert is lead counsel representing a group of Philadelphia tour guides challenging a law that would make it illegal for them to give tours without first obtaining a special license from the city government—literally making it illegal for them to talk about the Liberty Bell for compensation. His practice has also included representing Bill Brody, a Westchester County, NY, property owner who is fighting against his state's outrageously unfair eminent domain procedures and a group of Colorado homeowners in their fight to be able to speak freely about politics without subjecting themselves to the threat of lawsuits from their political opponents.
Robert’s opinions and views on constitutional issues have appeared nationwide in outlets including including Air America, All Things Considered, Hannity and Colmes, Fox News Channel, Marketplace, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and others.
In 2006, Robert received his law degree from the New York University School of Law. While at NYU, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the NYU Journal of Law & Liberty, a scholarly publication dedicated to the critical examination of classical liberal ideas. In 2003, he earned a dual degree in Communications and Political Science from Boston University.