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

Rob has a wide range of commercial experience in a variety of settings, having pursued and defended claims in state court, federal court, and arbitrations.  He has also supervised litigation outside the U.S., including claims made in Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 

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

Currently, Rob serves on the federal advisory committee advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on how to redevelop the 400-acre West LA VA campus (the VA’s largest facility).


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

  • State court bench trial (complex division) against foreign corporations, involving claims of alter ego and fraudulent transfer. 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2782 (affirmed on appeal).

  • 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).

  • Federal court jury trial related to power outage at industrial facility. 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5030 (expert witness issues); 146 F. Supp. 3d 1170 (2015) (interpretation of energy tariffs).

  • Federal court bench trial related to unregulated brokering of over-the-counter energy commodities. 122 F. Supp. 3d 949 (2015).

  • 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.

  • State court bench trial (complex division) against foreign corporations, involving claims of alter ego and fraudulent transfer. 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 2782 (affirmed on appeal).

  • 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.

  • 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 & Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

Pacific Council on International Policy

Bar & 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

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