Robert Helland

Government Services Advisor

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, 1995, J.D.
  • Trenton State College, 1990, B.A., Public Administration

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • All State Courts - District of Columbia
  • All State Courts - New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey

Robert is a Government Services Advisor in Reed Smith’s Government Regulatory Enforcement Group. His practice includes legislative and executive branch lobbying. He develops and coordinates lobbying strategy for a number of Reed Smith’s clients, including our association, health care, manufacturing, municipal, and non-profit clients. In addition, he works to find infrastructure funding from federal, state, and private sources. He also provides counsel on various regulatory matters, including the changes to campaign finance regulations in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission 558 U.S. 50 (2010).

Robert served as a senior legislative assistant to then-Senator Jon S. Corzine (D-N.J.) from 2001-2005. His accomplishments in the Senate include obtaining more than $300 million for New Jersey in highway and mass transportation projects in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). Other accomplishments include the successful enactment of legislation addressing drunken and distracted driving, authorizing more than $100 million for open space purchases in the Northeast, and strengthening the safety of gas pipelines.

In addition to working for former Senator Corzine, Robert has extensive experience in New Jersey’s legal and political circles. He worked in the New Jersey legislature, as an aide in the Ocean County-based offices of Senator President Pre-Tem John Russo, Assembly Deputy Speaker John Paul Doyle and Assemblywoman Marlene Lynch Ford. He also worked on a number of statewide political campaigns, including Senator Corzine’s 2000 campaign, for which he drafted policy statements and speeches and helped the candidate secure the endorsement of several key interest groups.

Robert has worked in the New Jersey Attorney General’s office and the New Jersey Supreme Court in both Bergen County and Ocean County. He also worked in private practice, representing clients before courts in Passaic, Morris and Bergen Counties, and on the corporate level, worked in the headquarters of Prudential Insurance in Newark, handling the company’s response to a multi-million class action law suit.

Employment History

  • 2005 - Reed Smith
  • 2001 - Office of Senator Jon S. Corzine - Legislative Assistant
  • 1999 - Corzine for Senate - Research Attorney
  • 1998 - Democratic National Committee - Research Supervisor
  • 1997 - Prudential Insurance Company of America - Compliance Attorney
  • 1997 - Law Offices of Edward P. Azar - Associate

Clerkships

  • Honorable Marlene Lynch Ford, Superior Court - New Jersey (1995-1996)