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Robert J. Spagnoletti Named CEO of D.C. Bar

March 16, 2017

Incoming D.C. Bar CEO Robert SpagnolettiThe D.C. Bar has named Robert J. Spagnoletti as its new chief executive officer. Spagnoletti will assume the position on May 1, 2017, following the retirement of CEO Katherine A. Mazzaferri after almost 35 years of service at the Bar.

Spagnoletti has considerable experience in criminal, civil, and domestic law. He was the attorney general for the District of Columbia from 2003 to 2006, where he provided leadership to 700 attorneys and support staff and counseled the mayor, D.C. Council, and D.C. Courts. Spagnoletti also successfully conducted a thorough management review of the D.C. Attorney General’s Office and restructured its operations.

Spagnoletti has been a partner at Schertler & Onorato, LLP since 2006, where he has developed litigation strategies for clients in a wide variety of criminal, civil, and domestic cases, as well as represented individuals under investigation by local and federal government agencies.

From 2008 to 2009, he was president of the D.C. Bar.

“Bob initiated the D.C. Bar’s very first strategic plan,” says Mazzaferri, who announced her retirement in June 2016. “Having had the opportunity to work with him for three years during his leadership roles in the Bar, I know that he is dedicated to the mission and purposes of the D.C. Bar. I am confident that the Bar will be in very good hands after my retirement.”

“Bob’s experience, especially his previous work as the first D.C. Attorney General and as a former D.C. Bar president, makes him the perfect fit for this prestigious position,” added Annamaria Steward, president of the D.C. Bar. “The Search Committee and the D.C. Bar Board of Governors invested significant time and energy in finding our next CEO. We are thankful for their strong commitment to the D.C. Bar.”

Spagnoletti also has considerable experience in legal and government ethics. He was the first chair of the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability and was responsible for building the office that enforces the ethical code of conduct governing the executive and legislative branches of D.C. government.  

Spagnoletti will be responsible for leading the D.C. Bar through its 2020 strategic plan and major initiatives, including relocating to its new headquarters building in the Mount Vernon Triangle by late 2017.