Robert Sugarman is the National Chair of the Anti-Defamation League. Following a family tradition, he has been active in the League for more than four decades. He has been a member of ADL’s National Commission for more than 30 years and the National Executive Committee for more than 20 years. Before becoming National Chair, he chaired the League’s National Civil Rights, Inter-Group, Leadership, and Regional Operations Committees and the Religious Freedom Task Force.
Bob is a retired partner of the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges L.L.P., where he specialized in the litigation of intellectual property and First Amendment cases. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, his clients included: CBS, Sony Music, Random House, National Geographic, The Daily News and Julio Iglesias. He and Weil have a strong commitment to pro bono work and, in that regard, he and the firm are representing the East End Eruv Association in its litigation to establish an eruv in Westhampton Beach, Quogue and portions of the Town of Southampton. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School.
Bob served as President of Hillel of New York, was a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers Division of UJA-Federation of Greater New York and presently serves as a member of and counsel to the Collections and Exhibitions Committee of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. In his “spare time” he is an avid golfer, amateur photographer and triathlete. He won the silver medal in his age group in the 2009 Maccabiah Games triathlon in Israel.
Bob’s successful tenure as National Chair is a reflection of his lifetime personal commitment to our mission and his years of service in all facets of our work: from civil rights to human relations, from community service to international affairs, and from educating a new generation of leaders to expanding our base to reach new people. No one is more dedicated to Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael and to the safety and security of the Jewish people.