Bob LaBrant serves as Of Counsel to the firm, advising clients on political strategy, fundraising compliance, and participating in the political process. Bob has been immersed in the political arena for over 40 years, and is recognized as Michigan’s foremost expert on campaign finance laws and redistricting. Before coming to Sterling, Bob spent 34 years at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, heading political and legal operations and organizing Michigan’s business community to impact the state’s political landscape; and at the Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce.
Bob’s Michigan accomplishments include successfully leading the ballot committee to defeat 2010’s Proposal 1 – which would have called for a new constitutional convention, and bringing Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce to the U.S. Supreme Court twice, effectively changing campaign finance laws to level the playing field between labor union PACs and corporate PACs.
Bob’s many awards include being named one of the “Lawyers of the Year” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for his challenge to the State Bar of Michigan’s LAWPAC, induction into the Michigan Association Hall of Fame, and receiving the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Chairman’s Professional Leadership Award. Bob’s career is chronicled in his autobiography, PAC Man: A Memoir.
Bob has served on four transition teams: Governor-Elect John Engler (1990); Secretary of State-Elect Candice Miller (1994); Attorney General-Elect Mike Cox (2002); and Secretary of State-Elect Ruth Johnson (2010).
Bob studied Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, graduating with highest honors. After graduation, he served as an army officer in the Vietnam War, and while stationed in Washington, DC, he earned a graduate certificate in Public Relations from American University. He holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.