Bob was a complex commercial litigation partner in the San Francisco office of McCutchen Doyle Brown & Enersen (later Bingham McCutchen) for most of his career (1976-2008), where he chaired at various times the firm's Antitrust & Trade Regulation Group and its Recruiting Committee. He was a partner at Nixon Peabody for three years (2008-11), and a partner at Cooper White & Cooper from 2011 to 2015.
Bob received his J.D. in 1976 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was Order of the Coif and an Associate Editor of the Law Review. He received his B.A. from DePauw University.
Bob has been an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") for over thirty years. He is a member of both the AAA's Large Complex Case Panel of arbitrators, as well as its panel of mediators.
Bob was for many years a member of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution's (CPR's) California arbitration/mediation panel and its Western Region franchise specialty neutral panel. Bob has also been a member of the California State Bar's select Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of ADR topics (click here for more detail). Bob has also been a faculty trainer of both basic and advanced topics for the AAA, in addition to taking regularly all AAA required training programs, and frequently attending other optional ADR training and continuing education.
Bob has served as both the sole arbitrator and as the chair of numerous arbitration panels. He has written final opinions, decisions and awards in many such complex cases, including multi-week hearings in venues outside Northern California such as Florida, Colorado and Los Angeles. Bob has also served as a party-appointed arbitrator under the special rules applicable to such a process. In addition, Bob has been retained as a mediator/arbitrator in an agreed evaluator/med/arb process between sophisticated parties attempting to resolve ongoing trade secret litigation.
Bob has mediated hundreds of commercial disputes as an advocate for clients, and has mediated as a neutral for over a dozen years, both in Northern California and in forums as distant as Washington, D.C. Bob graduated from each of the following three multi-day mediator training programs: CPR; Pepperdine Law School Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution; and the Northern District of California federal court select mediation neutral panel training. In addition to serving on the Northern District of California federal court's mediation panel, Bob also serves the Contra Costa County Superior Court as both a Discovery Facilitator and a Settlement Mentor. Bob has also been an early neutral evaluator, both ad hoc and under the CPR Minitrial Procedure in connection with a mediation process. Bob is a member of the Northern California Mediation Society.
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