Robert C. Barber was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 12, 2014, and sworn in by Vice President Biden on January 8, 2015, as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland. Prior to this, he was a partner at Looney & Grossman LLP, a law firm in Boston, Massachusetts, where he focused primarily on issues of start-up, small and medium-size companies and commercial litigation, and served many of these companies in the role of outside general counsel.
Ambassador Barber graduated from Phillips Academy in 1968 and Harvard College in 1972. After a year away from academia, Ambassador Barber entered Boston University School of Law in 1973, graduating in 1977, and in the same year obtaining a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He worked in New York from 1977-1981 as an assistant district attorney for New York County. Ambassador Barber returned to Boston, joining Looney & Grossman as an associate in 1981. He was a partner from 1985-2014, a member of the Management Committee from 1996-2007, and Managing Partner from 2000-2002.
Ambassador Barber is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and New York, and the U.S. Supreme Court, and is a member of the Boston Bar, the New York Bar and the American Bar Associations. He has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martin-Hubbell. In 2006, 2013 and 2014 he was named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer.
Ambassador Barber was until recently Treasurer of the Social Law Library, and served on the Library’s Board of Trustees since 1998. He has long been active in his local community, having led a variety of service projects and having coached youth sports and served as a ward committeeman in his hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, Ambassador Barber has participated in state-wide and national political campaigns. He had for many years volunteered for fundraising and other alumni activities at Harvard College, including service on the Board of Trustees of Phillips Brooks House Association, the undergraduate social service and social action organization at Harvard College. Additionally, he has been very active in alumni affairs at Andover, as a reunion chair and fundraiser; and from 2010-2014 he served as director of the Abbot Academy Association, a charitable organization that promotes and funds projects in the Phillips Academy community.