Rodney Slater is a partner with Squire Patton Boggs, co-leading the law firm’s transportation, shipping and logistics practice. A former U.S. secretary of transportation, Slater helps clients integrate their interests in the overall vision for the transportation system of the 21st Century, an extension of his work for the federal government promoting a safer, more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable worldwide transportation infrastructure. As secretary under President Bill Clinton, Slater passed the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century, among other initiatives. Slater previously served as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, where he oversaw development of an innovative financing program resulting in hundreds of transportation projects completed ahead of schedule and with greater cost efficiencies. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and his J.D. at the University of Arkansas.