U.S.Ambassador Robert Sherman
Robert A. Sherman of Massachusetts arrived in Lisbon on April 5, 2014 to serve as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Portugal. Ambassador Sherman looks forward to presenting his credentials to the President of the Portuguese Republic, His Excellency Aníbal Cavaco Silva, at the earliest opportunity.
Ambassador Sherman is a lawyer by background who has been active in local and national politics for many years. He was an original member of the Obama for America National Finance Committee and a member of President-Elect Obama’s Transition Team, where his principal responsibilities involved vetting for cabinet level positions. In January 2013, President Obama appointed Ambassador Sherman to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Prior to becoming Ambassador, Mr. Sherman was a founding member of the Boston office of Greenburg Traurig, a large international law firm. He was Massachusetts’ Assistant Attorney General and Consumer Protection Division Chief from 1991 to 1993, and served one year as Special Counsel to the Massachusetts Attorney General. There, he was responsible for the Attorney General Office’s federal and multistate initiatives with the Department of Justice and Attorneys General offices around the country. He also worked on President Clinton’s crime bill.
Ambassador Sherman has a wide-range of trial and regulatory experience, including government investigations and litigation and internal corporate investigations -- with an emphasis on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance -- as well as consumer protection and class action defense.
Ambassador Sherman holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He is married to entrepreneur and lawyer, Ms. Kim Sawyer, and he has two adult children.