Robert’s law practice has two major components. First, Robert is an experienced litigator and trial attorney. A great deal of his practice focuses on defending against products liability and premises liability claims for several national clients. Robert has litigated cases in the state and federal courts of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, North Dakota, Montana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Robert has tried approximately 20 jury cases and successfully defended verdicts won on appeal.

The second major component of Robert’s law practice involves assisting clients with obtaining liquor licenses and other required operational permits for restaurants and bars. Before law school, Robert managed a licensing team for a national restaurant chain and obtained liquor licenses throughout the country. Now, Robert primarily help clients get liquor licenses in Nebraska.

Outside of the office, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and going to movies. 

Trial Experience

  • Successfully obtained summary judgment in a premises liability claim asserted against a national retailer that was affirmed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. (U.S. Court of Appeals Order)
  • Lead trial counsel on $500,000.00 premises liability case tried to jury that was affirmed by the Nebraska Court of Appeals. (Nebraska Court of Appeals Appellate Report)
  • Lead trial counsel on premises liability case against Omaha grocery store tried to a jury. (Judgment)
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment on premises liability claim against Sarpy County grocery store that was affirmed by the Nebraska Court of Appeals. (Nebraska Court of Appeals Memorandum Opinion and Judgment on Appeal)
  • Successfully defended commercial tort and contract claims asserted by competitor to client’s apiary business and obtained $187,000.00 judgment on counter-claim filed against the plaintiff. (Judgment)
  • Obtained judgment in trademark infringement case in excess of $900,000.00 that was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. (U.S. Court of Appeals Order)
  • Obtained a defense verdict related to two train derailments on claims in excess of $5,000,000.00 that was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. (U.S. Court of Appeals Order)
  • Obtained summary judgment on defamation claims asserted against condominium association by a former resident. (Summary Judgment Order)

Honors & Awards

  • Included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America in the field of Commercial Litigation (since 2021) (peer nominations)
  • Selected to the 2021-2022 Great Plains Super Lawyers® list
  • Selected to the 2016-2019 Great Plains Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list

Professional Organizations

  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals
  • Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Colorado State Bar Association

Memberships & Civic Affiliations

  • Executive Editor – PLD Quarterly, Professional Lawyers Defense Fund (2022-Present)
  • Board of Directors – Nebraska Defense Counsel Association (2016-2022)
  • Executive Editor – Creighton Law Review (2008-2009)
  • Member – Phi Beta Kappa

Judicial Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Lyle E. Strom, Senior U.S. District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, 2009-2011
  • Legal Intern to the Honorable Thomas D. Thalken, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, 2007

Presentations and Publications

  • Article, “Recorded Statements and Neb.Rev.Stat. § 25,125.” Nebraska Defense Counsel Association Newsletter, vol. 10, no. 1, Winter/Spring 2019
  • Article, “What a Piece of Junk(in): A Primer on Litigating Claims Under Neb.Rev.Stat. § 59-805.” Nebraska Defense Counsel Association Newsletter, vol. 9, no. 1, Winter 2018
  • Presenter, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Current Issues Under Title III.” Nebraska Defense Counsel Association, Oct. 2018
  • Article, “The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act Of 1974: Recommendations For Realigning Educational Privacy With Congress’ Original Intent.” 41 Creighton Law Review 277, 2008

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Nebraska
  • Colorado

Education

LAW SCHOOL: Creighton University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2009

COLLEGE: Colorado State University, B.A., cum laude, Political Science & History, 2004