Robert has distinguished himself as one of the Midwest's most respected trial lawyers, having tried more than 200 cases in courtrooms throughout the United States. His trial work includes highly complex cases in the areas of wrongful death, products liability, commercial litigation, insurance defense, auto and premises liability. He is also involved in the mediation process and has mediated numerous complex legal issues over the years. Robert has earned the respect of his legal colleagues and opposing counsel—as well as that of the Judiciary before whom he regularly appears in trial. Robert was named as one of Indiana’s top 15 “Distinguished Barristers of 2008,” by the lawyers/readers of The Indiana Lawyer. His peers have also honored Robert as an Indiana “Super Lawyer©” for each of the past ten years, 2004-2013. The Indiana Super Lawyer honor ranks Robert among the top 5% of Indiana’s attorneys. At the national level, Robert’s legal peers have recognized him as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in 2005-2013 in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation Defendants. A frequent lecturer, Robert may also be found listed among the legal experts appearing in the “Who’s Who in Law.” He lectures on a wide range of continuing legal education topics and is a long-term faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), volunteering several weeks each year to teach NITA’s Regional and Midwest courses on “Deposition Skills” and “Building Trial Skills.” He has also been involved for years in teaching Trial Advocacy with ICLEF. Robert’s impact upon the people of Indiana has even been noted at the highest levels of our State government. In 1989, Governor (now Senator) Evan Bayh bestowed Indiana’s highest honor on Robert, naming him as a “Sagamore of the Wabash.” Robert has also had a great impact on the legal community and the firm, contributing significantly in the areas of politics and community service. Robert is active in governmental affairs and the Indianapolis community, and has been for many years. Since 1995, he has served as the Chairperson or Vice Chairperson for the White River State Park Development Commission. Robert ‘s skills and natural leadership ability, combined with his business and insurance knowledge, have served to nurture and develop a community of trial and business lawyers at Lewis Wagner. Working daily alongside his partners, Robert applies his leadership, mentoring and teaching skills, to create a culture of excellence that will ensure the firm’s ability to confidently meet its clients’ legal need far into the future.