Robert Fleishman is a corporate partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Robert has a leading reputation advising companies on the energy regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions and other energy market activities and defending energy and financial industry participants and individuals in energy markets against charges of market manipulation, particularly before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other regulatory bodies. His deep knowledge of the electric and gas regulatory and enforcement landscape informs his representation of clients on energy regulatory, enforcement, compliance, transactional, commercial, legislative, and public policy matters and activities.

He has been recognized in energy regulatory law by Chambers Global (2022–2023), Chambers USA (2010–2023), Best Lawyers in America, Energy (2007–2022), and The Legal 500 US (2008–2010; 2012–2013; 2015–2023). Robert was named by The National Law Journal to its list of 2017 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers, was honored by the Energy Bar Association (EBA) with the EBA President's Award (2019) and the Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award (2016), and also received the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets Service Award (2005). Robert served as Editor-In-Chief of the Energy Law Journal from 2005–2019, and is a past President of the Energy Bar Association.


Thought Leadership

Speaking Engagements

Energy, Climate, ESG, Environmental and Tax Matters in the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration,” Kirkland Webinar, May 11, 2021

"Episode 1: Interview with Robert Fleishman," The EBA Energy Exchange podcast, 2021


Chambers Global, Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) and Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), USA, 2022–2023

Chambers USA, Energy Regulatory Law, 2010–2023

Best Lawyers in America, Energy, 2007–2022

The Legal 500 US, 2008–2010; 2012–2013; 2015–2023

Energy Bar Association (EBA), EBA President's Award, 2019 

The National Law Journal, 2017 Energy & Environmental Trailblazers

Energy Bar Association (EBA), Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award, 2016

Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets Service Award, 2005


Admissions & Qualifications

  • District of Columbia


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit


  • Boston University School of LawJ.D.1978
  • Georgetown UniversityB.A.1974