Bob Rivkin is senior vice president and general counsel for United. He leads United's legal department, including the corporate, securities, finance, commercial, litigation, government contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, environmental, employment and international groups. Bob is also responsible for security, facilitation, compliance, ethics and investigations.
Prior to joining United, Bob served as deputy mayor of Chicago. He oversaw the implementation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's key priorities across city departments and agencies, focusing his efforts on economic development, job creation and retention, and infrastructure.
Bob was previously deputy general counsel of Delta Airlines, where he was responsible for addressing governmental regulation and oversight in the US and abroad, as well as litigation, antitrust, employment and real estate legal issues. Prior to joining Delta, Bob served four years as general counsel of the US Department of Transportation, after being nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.
Earlier in his career, Bob was deputy general counsel of Aon Corporation and general counsel of the Chicago Transit Authority. He has also worked in private law practice, as a federal prosecutor, for the British Parliament and at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
Bob graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, received a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School, where he was an associate editor of the Stanford Law Review, and clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. He is currently on the boards of the National Park Foundation and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and volunteers with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Chicago. His wife, Cindy Moelis, is president of the Pritzker Traubert Foundation. They have three grown children.