Robert is chair of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation Department and is a first chair trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex business and financial services litigation. He has tried cases to jury verdict in state and federal courts and has handled a wide variety of business disputes around the country. In his financial services litigation practice, Robert has represented large financial institutions in various consumer related lawsuits, including nationwide mortgage litigation. He also manages large teams of lawyers who handle financial services litigation across the country. Robert also has a motorsports law practice and represents teams and drivers in various capacities.
In his motorsports practice, Robert represents team owners and drivers in various aspects of the business. He has negotiated major driver contracts and sponsor deals within NASCAR's top series. In his pro bono practice, Robert is routinely appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants and has tried numerous criminal cases to jury verdict. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Robert clerked for Chief Justice Jean H. Toal on the South Carolina Supreme Court.
Member, North Carolina Bar Association
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Woodward/White, Inc., 2022, 2023
Selected for inclusion in “Legal 500 United States,” Securities Litigation: Defense, 2021; General Commercial Disputes, 2022
Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Litigation: General Commercial, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2012, 2013
Named to "40 Under 40," Charlotte Business Journal, 2009
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January 6, 2022
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