Robert is an appellate advocate and trial lawyer whose practice focuses on Virginia appellate litigation and Virginia civil proceedings. 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 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.
Robert has extensive argument and briefing experience before the Supreme Court of Virginia, at both the petition and merits stages, and also regularly advises corporate and individual clients on appeals before the Supreme Court of Virginia. Robert’s experience before the Supreme Court of Virginia includes 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.
Recent cases that Robert has either briefed or argued include:
Represented a university as plaintiff in the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond in civil litigation alleging violations of Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and other violations of Virginia law.
Defense of financial institution against alleged violations of Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act in the Circuit Court of Fairfax County.
Defense of private equity firm in a putative antitrust class action alleging Section 1 violations in joint bidding for the acquisition of public companies in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
Defense of the world’s leading marketer of horticultural products against alleged vertical conspiracy to allocate markets and fix prices that resulted in summary judgment in favor of client and the award of costs in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Defense of a national trucking company against allegations of price-fixing and other antitrust violations in multiple federal district courts, including proceedings before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, which resulted in consolidation and dismissal of all claims in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Defense of the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer against patent infringement claims that resulted in summary judgment in favor of client and the award of costs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Defense of a telecommunications company against Robinson-Patman claims that resulted in summary judgment in favor of client in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Representation of pro bono clients in civil and criminal matters before various circuit, general district, and juvenile and domestic relations courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.Investigations and Counseling Experience
Representing clients in civil and criminal investigations by federal agencies.
Representing clients in civil and criminal investigations by the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.
Counseled multinational and national corporations in matters under review by both the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
Selected for Inclusion in "Virginia's Legal Elite," Appellate Law, Virginia Business, 2017, 2018. 2019
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
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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