Ty Cobb (attorney)

Ty Cobb
Born 1950 (age 67–68)
Great Bend, Kansas, U.S.
Education Harvard University (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Ty Cobb (born 1950[1]) 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/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. degree from Harvard University and his J.D. degree from Georgetown Law School.[6]

Legal career[]

Cobb was a law clerk for a federal judge,[2] and then worked in the U.S. Attorney's office in Baltimore, serving as chief of the criminal section and head of the region's drug enforcement and organized crime task force.[7][8] In 1986, after he had been passed over for the U.S. Attorney position in favor of Breckinridge L. Willcox, 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.[9]

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.[7] He represented Democratic fundraiser John Huang against campaign finance charges. Huang pleaded guilty in 1999.[7] Other high-profile clients have included Eli Segal, Mary McCarthy, AIG, Office Depot, the House of Saud, IBM, and Medtronic.[10][9][6]

Cobb is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.[7]

Trump White House[]

Cobb joined the White House's internal legal team to manage matters related to the ongoing investigations into Russian election interference and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, starting 31 July 2017. Cobb works within the White House, unlike other members of Trump's legal team.[11][12][13] Cobb works closely with Donald McGahn but reports directly to President Trump.[9]

Cobb said that he took the job with Trump 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, a member of his private legal team.[8]

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."[9]


  1. ^ personal communication
  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. ^ a b c d Diaz, Daniella (15 July 2017). "Who is White House special counsel Ty Cobb?". CNN. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Ty Cobb, Partner, Washington, D.C." Hogan Lovells. Retrieved 15 July 2017. 
  11. ^ Justin Fishel (14 July 2017). "White House to hire attorney Ty Cobb to manage Russia investigation response". ABC News. 
  12. ^ Buncombe, Andrew (17 July 2017). "Who is Ty Cobb? The top corruption lawyer just hired by Donald Trump". The Independent. 
  13. ^ Gloria Borger, Dana Bash, Pamela Brown & Jeremy Diamond (21 July 2017). "Trump reshuffling legal team". CNN. 

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