Robert Hickmott   Managing Partner

Bob Hickmott has worked with The Smith-Free Group since 1999. His diverse and extensive experience in government, politics and the business community has continued to provide our clients with effective and knowledgeable political insight and strategy.

Prior to his work at Smith-Free, Bob served in the Clinton-Gore Administration as a senior political advisor for two Federal agencies, in various capacities for five Senators, and has practiced law, legislative strategy and public affairs for two major corporations. More recently, he served on the EPA's Superfund Policy Task Force.

Bob served as Counselor to HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary on intergovernmental relations and external constituencies.  He was also an advisor on the Department's Brownfields program, which combined economic development with environmental clean-up in America's cities.

Before HUD, Bob served as Associate Administrator for Congressional Affairs for EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner. He was also the principal advisor on all congressional and legislative issues and helped to develop and implement the Administration's environmental agenda on Superfund, Clean Water Act, Brownfields, and issues such as food safety and drinking water.


He served as a Public Affairs Counsel at E.I. DuPont Company, Executive Director for the National Business Council at the Democratic National Committee (1980-1983) and later, Political Affairs Director for Congoleum Corporation (1983-1984).


Bob served as Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Senator Timothy E. Wirth, working on banking and securities issues (1987-1989), and then as an associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps. Prior to joining the Clinton Administration, he was the Deputy Executive Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.


Bob graduated summa cum laude from Boston University's School of Public Communications. He received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988.


A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Bob and his wife Diane Dewhirst, reside in the District of Columbia.