Ty Cobb (attorney)

Ty Cobb
Born1950 (age 68–69)
EducationHarvard University (AB)
Georgetown University (JD)
Political partyIndependent[1]

Ty Cobb (born 1950) is an American lawyer. He was a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. until July 2017, when he joined the Trump administration legal team.

Early life[]

Cobb is the son of Grover C. Cobb, a Kansas radio station owner who was senior executive vice-president of the National Association of Broadcasters (which named one of their prestigious awards for him).[2][3] Cobb's father was vice-president and general manager of KVGB (AM)/FM in Great Bend,[4] and had a key role in forming the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Cobb reportedly is a distant relative of the Hall of Fame baseball player bearing the same name.[5] Cobb spent his childhood in rural Kansas.[3]

Cobb received his A.B. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Georgetown Law School.[6] While at Harvard, Cobb became close friends with Senator Al Franken.[7]


Cobb served as a law clerk for a federal judge,[2] and then in the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore as chief of the criminal section and head of the region's drug enforcement and organized crime task force.[8][9] In 1986, he joined the Baltimore law firm Miles and Stockbridge. Two years later, he joined Hogan & Hartson, which became Hogan Lovells.[6]

Cobb served as special trial counsel during an independent investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the 1990s.[10]

Cobb successfully defended Hudson Foods against allegations that its executives lied to investigators after a recall of beef tainted with E. coli. The executives were acquitted on all charges.[8] He represented Democratic fundraiser John Huang against campaign finance charges. Huang pleaded guilty in 1999.[8] Other high-profile clients have included Eli Segal, Mary McCarthy, AIG, Office Depot, the House of Saud, IBM, and Medtronic.[11][10][6]

Cobb is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.[8]

Role in the Special Counsel investigation[]

Cobb joined the White House to manage matters related to the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference, starting on July 31, 2017. Cobb was part of the White House internal legal team[12][13][14] and reported directly to President Trump.[10]

Cobb said that he accepted the White House assignment because "it was an impossible task with a deadline." He elaborated further that he had "rocks in his head and steel balls."[3] Cobb was recommended to Trump by John Dowd, who was a member of his private legal team.[9]

Cobb said that there is no reason to believe that Trump is personally under investigation, and that "They're in full cooperation mode and they've been directed to fully cooperate and get this over with as quickly as possible."[10]

On May 2, 2018, Cobb announced that he was retiring as White House special counsel at the end of the month.[15][16]

Based on Bob Woodward's book Fear: Trump in the White House, it seems likely Cobb could become a significant witness in any proceedings against Trump:

"I know that. John [Dowd], I [Trump] know you're frustrated."

"I am. I don't mind telling you, I regret the day I ever recommended Ty Cobb. And I can't believe that he undermined me."

"Well," Trump said, "I asked him" to speak out and show the president was not afraid to testify.

"He should have declined. He's a government employee. And by the way, they can call him as a witness. He has no privilege with you."

"Jesus," Trump said, sounding worried, "I've talked a lot with him."

Cobb stated on October 22, 2018 that he did not think the Mueller investigation was a "witch hunt."[17]


  1. ^ "Ty Cobb from The New Washington". podbay.
  2. ^ a b Bill Glose (May 2015). "The Kansas Peach". SuperLawyers.
  3. ^ a b c McGhee, Tom (24 July 2017). "Trump's new Denver lawyer says he has "rocks in his head and steel balls"". The Denver Post. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Kansas Association of Broadcasters History".
  5. ^ Karen Freifeld & Steve Holland (14 July 2017). "Lawyer Ty Cobb to join White House to handle Russia probes". Reuters. Cobb, who sports a handlebar mustache, is a distant relative of the famous early 20th century baseball player of the same name.
  6. ^ a b c Susan Schmidt (12 July 1997). "Huang's Lawyer Earns Top Marks for Maneuvering". Washington Post.
  7. ^ "Ty Cobb from The New Washington". podbay.
  8. ^ a b c d Diaz, Daniella (15 July 2017). "Who is White House special counsel Ty Cobb?". CNN. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  9. ^ a b Johnson, Kevin; Jackson, David. "Ty Cobb, Donald Trump's newest Russia lawyer, adds legal muscle as investigations widen". USA Today. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d Polantz, Katelyn (24 July 2017). "Trump Lawyer Cobb Describes Role, Says He Took Job With Rocks in My Head and Steel Balls". Daily Reports. Law.com. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Ty Cobb, Partner, Washington, D.C." Hogan Lovells. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  12. ^ Justin Fishel (14 July 2017). "White House to hire attorney Ty Cobb to manage Russia investigation response". ABC News.
  13. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (17 July 2017). "Who is Ty Cobb? The top corruption lawyer just hired by Donald Trump". The Independent.
  14. ^ Gloria Borger, Dana Bash, Pamela Brown & Jeremy Diamond (21 July 2017). "Trump reshuffling legal team". CNN.
  15. ^ Jackson, David (May 2, 2018). "Ty Cobb's departure from Donald Trump's legal team means almost complete turnover". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Apuzzo, Matt; Schmidt, Michael S. (2018-05-02). "Trump to Add Clinton Impeachment Lawyer Emmet Flood to Replace Ty Cobb". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  17. ^ CNN, Dan Merica,. "Former White House lawyer: Mueller probe isn't a witch hunt". Retrieved October 23, 2018.

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