Bernie Robinson, Partner

Robinson Bernie

Career Summary

  • Partner, The Livingston Group L.L.C.
  • Chief Washington Representative and lead lobbyist, Governor George Ryan (R-IL)
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA)
  • Philip Morris, Government Affairs


  • Chase School of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • Thomas More College, Bachelor of Arts (History)

Bernie Robinson joined The Livingston Group (TLG) in 2001 and became a partner in 2008. He served in Governor George Ryan's cabinet as the lead lobbyist for the State of Illinois from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Robinson helped elect in 1996 and served as the first Chief of Staff to Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).

Mr. Robinson established and led a 50-state U.S. government affairs program for Philip Morris from 1978 to 1984. He was based in Lausanne, Switzerland for Philip Morris International from 1984 to 1990 as a member of the firm's 13-person management team overseeing operations in 86 countries, including Scandinavia/Finland, Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Eastern Europe and the former USSR. For the corporate holding company, he directed Philip Morris’ successful tort reform program in the U.S. from 1990 to 1993.

In 2002, Mr. Robinson helped develop an agreement between the Government of Cuba and the Social Service USA Research Council to preserve Ernest Hemingway’s writings in Cuba. Mr. Robinson has a bachelor of arts degree in history from Thomas More College and a juris doctorate from the Chase School of Law in his home state of Kentucky.