External Board of Advisors

Robert C. Odle Jr.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges, LLP

Robert C. Odle, Jr., joined the firm's Washington office in 1985, after serving as Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of Energy.

Mr. Odle represents clients on a wide range of matters before Congress, and agencies and departments of the US Government. In addition to his work on major policy issues in the areas of corporate governance, energy, the environment, housing, and mass torts, he serves as counsel to several private equity funds which operate in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate in 1981, Mr. Odle was responsible for the Department of Energy's legislative, public, intergovernmental and consumer affairs programs, its Office of Competition, and the environmental, health and safety compliance of DOE facilities. He also served as the principal adviser to the Secretary in the formulation and review of national energy policy.

Prior to his DOE appointment, Mr. Odle was Washington Representative for International Paper Company where he specialized in liaison with federal agencies and departments, and represented the company before Congress on energy, environmental, regulatory, tax, and wage-price issues.

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Odle served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. While at HUD, his primary responsibilities involved the financial and operational management of single and multifamily housing programs, and the administration of the Nation's public housing programs.

Prior to his service at HUD, he was a Staff Assistant to the President of the United States.

Mr. Odle holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Detroit College of Law. In 1992, he was chosen by its trustees to deliver the commencement address, and was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree, Honoris Causa. He holds a B.A. degree from Wayne State University.

Mr. Odle is a member of the District of Columbia and Michigan Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the Michigan Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court. Mr. Odle is a member of the Federalist Society, the Republican National Lawyers Association, the President's Club of the Heritage Foundation, the President's Council of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation, the Reagan Alumni Association, the University Club of Washington, Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Virginia, the John Carroll Society of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Distance University, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

Born in Port Huron, Michigan, Mr. Odle resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Lydia, and their son, John Paul.