Robert is an appellate advocate and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on all aspects of Virginia appellate proceedings and Virginia civil litigation. Robert’s practice also includes all aspects of federal civil litigation at the trial and appellate levels, as well as conducting internal investigations and representing clients who are being investigated by federal or state agencies.
Robert has extensive argument and briefing experience before the Supreme Court of Virginia, at both the petition and merits stages, and regularly advises corporate and individual clients on appeals before the Supreme Court of Virginia. Robert’s experience before the Supreme Court of Virginia encompasses all aspects of Virginia law, including constitutional questions, issues of statutory interpretation, complex breach of contract and financial matters, expert admissibility and discovery issues, and tort and products liability matters.
In addition to his experience before the Supreme Court of Virginia, Robert has authored certiorari, merits, and amicus briefs in the Supreme Court of the United States in appeals involving the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Robert also has argued before the Fourth Circuit, and has briefed appeals in the Third, Fourth, and Federal Circuits.
Robert was a law clerk for the Honorable Donald W. Lemons of the Supreme Court of Virginia from 2004-2006. During law school Robert interned for the Honorable James R. Spencer of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. While earning his law degree, he was honored as a member of the Order of Barristers.
Prior to law school, Robert served as the assistant to the president at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and as the research assistant to the executive director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. As an undergraduate, he received the Edwin B. Kyle Award.
Selected for Inclusion in "Virginia's Legal Elite," Appellate Law, Virginia Business, 2017, 2018. 2019, 2020, 2021
Named to “Virginia Rising Stars," Appellate, Antitrust Litigation, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Recipient, E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service, 2008-2010
Member, Boyd-Graves Conference
Member, Supreme Court of Virginia’s Court of Appeals Expanded Jurisdiction Rules Committee, 2021-present
Section Council, Virginia Bar Association Appellate Section, 2014-present
Member, Appellate Rules Advisory Committee, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2005-2010
Chair, 2012-2013; Vice-chair, 2011-2012, Antitrust Law Section, Virginia State Bar
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