Robert Carter is a Senior Attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). His research focuses on civil forfeiture and property rights.
Prior to joining CEI in 2021, Rob was a Special Assistant at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the Office of Legal Counsel. He was responsible for regulations implementing Executive Order 13891 to improve agency guidance documents and reviewed proposed Department of Education Title IX regulations addressing sexual harassment.
As a Research Attorney for the Institute for Legislative Action, Rob worked with the Institute for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska to secure protections in Nebraska’s asset forfeiture reform bill. He also won a unanimous decision in the Oregon Supreme Court ordering the revision of a proposed ballot initiative.
Rob also served on the staff of three members of the House of Representatives. While Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman Bob Turner of New York, he drafted terrorism-finance legislation allowing families of the 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing to satisfy a judgment against a $1.9 billion account owned by the Iranian central bank. It was enacted as P.L. 112-158 and ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bank Markazi v. Peterson, 136 S. Ct. 1310 (2016).
As Legislative Counsel to Congressman Bill Posey of Florida, Rob secured a House Financial Services hearing and wrote legislation allowing Americans held hostage by FARC rebels in Colombia to satisfy a judgment against blocked narco-terrorist assets. It was later enacted as a provision of P.L. 115-253, the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act. He also led the House Republican effort to award Congressional Gold Medal to the U.S. Army 65th Infantry Regiment (Borinqueneers).
Before moving to Washington, D.C., Rob litigated state taxation, bankruptcy, and collection matters with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.
Rob is a graduate of Delbarton School and the College of the Holy Cross. He received his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law and Juris Doctor from Seton Hall School of Law. He is also a graduate of Air Command & Staff College and has done graduate studies at Loyola University of Chicago and United States Navy War College.