Robert P. vom Eigen

Retired Partner


Robert P. vom Eigen is a retired partner with Foley & Lardner LLP where he was a member of the firm’s Government & Public Policy Practice and the Automotive Industry Team. He has represented transportation clients in commercial, regulatory, and legislative matters.

His efforts on behalf of clients include obtaining a Presidential Executive Order authorizing construction of a cross-border rail tunnel under the St. Clair River connecting Michigan and Ontario; negotiation of a joint venture agreement with Amtrak for movement of perishable commodities on Amtrak passenger trains for express company client; litigation and legislative efforts to clarify Amtrak’s condemnation authority under Rail Passenger Services Act resulting in victory before the U.S. Supreme Court; resolution of service disputes between shippers and carriers or between carriers through negotiation or litigation; negotiation of arrangement with a taconite mining firm to gain competitive access to its facilities; negotiation of commuter rail use agreements and applications and challenges to proposed rail mergers before the Surface Transportation Board and the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Mr. vom Eigen is a member of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals, and also serves as president of the Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park, a non-profit community organization that advocates and raises funds for the construction of the park by the National Park Service.

Mr. vom Eigen was Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system.

A law graduate of the University of California-Berkeley (J.D., 1970), Mr. vom Eigen received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University (1967). He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the State of Connecticut and before numerous federal courts, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.