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. 

Honors & Awards

  • Received 2021 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recognition for Commercial Litigation
  • Selected to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars (Business Litigation), 2016-2019

Trial Experience

  • Defense verdict in auto-accident claim tried in Douglas County District Court. (Judgment)
  • Obtained summary judgment on defamation claims asserted against condominium association by a former resident. (Summary Judgment 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 judgement 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)
  • 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 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)
  • Successfully defended commercial tort and contract claims asserted by competitor to client’s apiary business, and obtained $187,000.00 judgement on counter-claim filed against the plaintiff. (Judgment)
  • Successfully defended in a federal jury trial premises claims brought against an Omaha-based manufacturing company for personal injuries alleged from an accident on the company’s property. (Judgment)

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, 2011 to present – Associate Member
  • Board of Directors, Nebraska Defense Counsel Association, 2016 to Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Colorado State Bar Association

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

  • Presenter, Americans with Disabilities Act: Current Issues Under Title III, Nebraska Defense Counsel Association (Oct. 2018)
  • Presenter,  A Guide to Effective eDiscovery, Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (Sept. 2014)
  • Presenter, Serving and Obtaining Discovery from an International Defendant, Nebraska Defense Counsel Association (Oct. 2012)
  • 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)
  • Article, “In What Universe Would You Want to Use a General Verdict Form,” Nebraska Defense Counsel Association Newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Spring 2017)
  • “The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act Of 1974: Recommendations For Realigning Educational Privacy With Congress’ Original Intent,” 41 Creighton L. Rev. 277 (2008)

Other

  • Creighton Law Review – Executive Editor (2008-2009); Editorial Staff (2008); Associate Staff (2007); General Staff (2007)
  • Phi Beta Kappa – Member

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