Robert R. Begland, Jr.



Rob is a Partner for the Litigation Team at the firm. He is a complex commercial litigator and an experienced trial lawyer. He represents companies in disputes related to real property, contracts, corporate governance, intellectual property, and insurance.

He has significant experience in the energy sector, including the negotiation of project agreements. He has worked extensively with engineers, economic forecasters, and project managers to understand the technologies and economics that inform large energy projects.

Before practicing law, Rob served as an Army officer and then, later, as a civilian adviser in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. 

Rob’s past pro bono work includes representing an Iraqi refugee who worked for that country’s war crimes tribunal; observing the U.S. military commissions in Guantanamo, Cuba; and serving as general counsel to a non-profit focused on the mental health of infantry soldiers.


Trial Experience

Federal court jury trial related to power outage at industrial facility.

Federal court bench trial related to unregulated brokering of over-the-counter energy commodities.

State court bench trial (complex division) against foreign corporations, involving claims of alter ego and fraudulent transfer.

State court jury trial related to joint venture over plant improvements and a “minimum take” obligation.

Arbitration related to real property disputes, involving claims that seller accepted two offers from two different parties.

Arbitration related to incentive compensation dispute involving overseas investor.

Arbitration by corporation against former COO, for having divulged corporate strategy to competitor and identified employees who should be hired away.

Arbitration in a politically prominent “open space” land preservation deal, involving payment of a promote fee to sweat equity partners.

Arbitration by corporation against CEO who claimed he was denied incentive compensation based on a valuation of the business.

Arbitration related to mismanagement of privately-held corporation by President and CEO, enriching himself at the expense of other shareholders (brought as a derivative action).

Real Property Matters

Represented Fortune 150 Corporation in landlord-tenant dispute related to whether tenant could be forced to incur costs associated with seismically retrofitting hospitals to comply with California’s evolving earthquake laws. Soon after submitting summary adjudication motion that there was no such obligation, settled dispute on favorable terms.

Represented tenant attempting to recover letter of credit proceeds from landlord, in face of effort by landlord to avoid the lease termination damages cap of Section 502(b)(6), at a time when the issue was novel.

Represented capital partner in defense of claims related to payment of a promote fee in a politically prominent “open space” land preservation deal.

Represented lessee in exercise of purchase option on an air lot lease, in a dispute over the determination of the purchase price through third-party valuations.

Represented seller and buyers of real property on multiple occasions, for claims of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, and unlawful acceptance related to real property sales.

Awards &

Professional Affiliations

  • Pacific Council on International Policy

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of California


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2000
  • M.P.P., Harvard University, 1992
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1989, with High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa