Robert is a litigation partner with a wide array of courtroom experience over his legal career that began in 2003. Robert has tried multiple cases to verdict in both state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. He has also appeared as lead counsel in appeals before the West Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to litigation, Robert's practice also focuses on environmental issues facing the energy industry. As part of his professional activities, Robert currently serves as the President of the West Virginia Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, and the Chair of the Water Subcommittee of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Environment Committee. Robert is also active in the local community. He completed the Leadership Putnam program in the spring of 2013. The Putnam County Commission recently appointed him to a three year term on the Board of Zoning Appeals, which is a quasi-judicial agency that addresses issues arising under county zoning ordinances. Robert serves on the board of the Kanawha Valley Mining Institute, a non-profit group that sponsors scholarships for students pursuing a career in the mining industry, and the board of his neighborhood homeowner's association. Robert is also an officer of the Marshall University Quarterback Club of Charleston, which raises money and provides other support for the Marshall football program. He lives in Teays Valley, WV with his wife, Jeana, and two sons, Connor and Landon.
Products liability — Defense of medical device manufacture against serious personal injury claims arising out of an oxygen bottle fire.
Water well contamination — Defense of drilling and well service companies against allegations of water contamination on an adjacent site.
Breach of coal supply contract — Represented Central West Virginia Energy (Central Energy) in a suit against Mountain State Carbon in federal court for breach of a coal supply contract. The matter related tort claims against certain parent companies for improper interference with Mountain State Carbon’s contractual obligations with damages claimed to exceed $30,000,000.
Workplace accidents — Defense of multiple employers in "deliberate intent" cases arising out of serious work place injuries or fatal accidents.