Robert has dedicated his entire career to being a trial lawyer and litigating products liability cases, with a particular focus on catastrophic injuries caused by products and mass tort drug and medical device cases. He is currently KBA’s lead lawyer for the firm’s extensive hernia mesh docket and litigates an array of other complex matters.
Robert has specialized in products liability for over a decade and has extensive litigation and trial experience. Robert has tried several complex cases, which includes being a trial team member in the Allen v. Takeda, et al. trial, the first and only bellwether case in In Re: Actos MDL 2299, which resulted in a $9 billion dollar verdict, one of the largest civil litigation drug verdicts in U.S. history. Robert has an expansive leadership history, and currently serves as co-lead counsel in In Re: Strattice Hernia Mesh Litigation (MCL 636). He has previously served on numerous complex litigation steering committees, including: In Re: Proceed Mesh Litigation (New Jersey Multicounty Litigation MCL 630) (executive committee member); In Re: Davol, Inc. / C.R. Bard, Inc., Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2846) (discovery co- chair); In Re: Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL’s 2187; 2325; 2326; 2327; and 2387) (steering committee member); and In Re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2299) (steering committee participant).
Robert’s work has resulted in over $100 million dollars in gross recoveries on behalf of his clients. He is a zealous advocate driven by the satisfaction of obtaining redress for victims of corporate negligence and wrongdoing. He is frequently regarded as a hard-nosed workhorse and an evenly tempered yet tenacious litigator. One of his proudest accomplishments is taking on a notorious pharmaceutical giant in two cases involving catastrophic injuries in children who ingested a popular prescription drug and resolving those cases successfully following hard- fought litigation.
Robert maintains an office in Pensacola, Florida and is a native of the area. He is a graduate of the University of West Florida (2004) and Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law 2010). Prior to becoming a partner at KBA, Robert spent 11 years of his career at one of the largest and most nationally recognized plaintiff’s civil litigation firms, where he climbed the ranks to become a partner until he ultimately decided to join KBA in 2021. Over the past several years, both he and his wife, Angela, have devoted significant time and resources to community events and community service in Northwest Florida.
Bar Admissions Licensed in Florida Admitted to United States District Court, Northern District of Florida Admitted to United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Education Juris Doctor, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, 2010 Honors: National Trial Team member Honors: TYLA National Trial Competition Regional winner Honors: Recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Award Honors: Book Award for Basic Skills in Trial Advocacy Honors: Scholar of Merit Award for Best Appellate Brief in Legal Writing Section Honors: American Journal of Trial Advocacy Senior associate editor Honors: Recipient of the King Lyons AJTA Senior Writing Award
Published Student Work: Sealed Plaintiff v. Sealed Defendant: Setting Forth a Standard for Proceeding Anonymously,32 AM. J. TRIAL ADVOC. 435 (2008) Bachelors of Art in legal studies with a minor in criminal justice, University of West Florida, 2004 Honors: Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships American Association for Justice, member Florida Justice Association, Eagle member National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyer
Noteworthy Classes/Seminars Taught “Effective Cross Examination of Corporate Witnesses in Depositions,” Florida Justice Association Advanced Trial Skills Seminar (June 2014).” “Handling Cases Involving Difficult or Sensitive Client Issues,” National Trial Lawyers Summit (2014).” “Defending Daubert Motions,” National Trial Lawyers Summit (2017). “Understanding the Business of Mass Torts,” National Trial Lawyers Summit (2017)