Robert Hickmott   Managing Partner

Robert 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 The Smith-Free Group, Bob served in the Clinton-Gore Administration as a senior political advisor for two Federal agencies, the legislative branch 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.


Hickmott served as Counselor to HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo, where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary on intergovernmental relations and external constituencies, as well as a member of the President's Council on Sustainable Development and Vice President Gore's Brownfields Showcase Communities Selection Committee. He was also an advisor on the Department's Brownfields program, which combined economic development with environmental clean-up in America's cities, including projects in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Syracuse, and Newark, Delaware.


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.


Bob began his career as Director of Alumni/Admissions Programs at Boston University's Alumni Affairs Office (1976-1978) and then as Public Affairs Counsel at E.I. DuPont Company in Wilmington, Delaware. Following those positions, he was the Executive Director for the National Business Council at the Democratic National Committee (1980-1983) and later the Political Affairs Director for Congoleum Corporation (1983-1984).


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


Hickmott graduated summa cum laude from Boston University's School of Public Communications, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Communications in 1976. He received his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1988.


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