Bob’s practice emphasizes litigation, administrative proceedings, and appeals in public affairs and business disputes. He has represented private, public and tribal clients in a wide variety of matters involving public affairs, including issues of constitutional law, tribal law, intergovernmental relations, government ethics, public records, prevailing wage law, and the defense of claims against public bodies. Bob's representation of clients in business disputes is bolstered by his experience as a business transactions lawyer and has included matters such as shareholder disputes, products liability claims, and breach of contract claims.
Bob has received an AV® premier rating by the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory. He has also been included in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of appellate practice and commercial litigation for 2013. Bob is a member of the Oregon State Bar, Washington State Bar, the American Bar Association, the Multnomah Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before all state courts in Oregon and Washington, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the State of Oregon. Bob has received an AV® premier rating by the Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory.
Beginning July 1, 2012, Bob will serve a three-year term on the Multnomah Bar Association's Board of Directors. Bob is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section. He previously served on the Oregon State Bar’s Public Service Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007 and served as chair of the Multnomah Bar Association's Professionalism Committee and on their Pro Bono Task Force.
Bob is a 1998 graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he was Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review.
Representative Appellate Advocacy
- Yeoman v. Public Safety Center, Inc., 241 Or App 255 (2011). Obtained reversal of trial court judgment dismissing client’s claim for declaratory judgment that client was a shareholder of a corporation.
- Bullock v. City of Ashland, 241 Or App 378 (2011). Successfully defended trial court judgment affirming city’s creation of a local improvement district.
- Gibson v. Providence Health System-Oregon (currently pending in Oregon Supreme Court). Filed amicus briefs on behalf of Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems, Oregon Medical Association and American Medical Association in case relating to liability of a health care provider for theft of patient information by a third party.
- Courtney v. Ragon. Successfully defended trial court judgment on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, affirming summary judgment in favor of client in Section 1983 claims asserting violations of various constitutional rights (2009 unpublished opinion).
- Weinstein v. City of Eugene. Successfully defended trial court judgment on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, affirming summary judgment in favor of municipality and police officer in claim for negligence and violation of Fourth Amendment rights (2009 unpublished opinion).
- Cohens v. McGee, 219 Or App 78 (2008), and White v. Jubitz Corp., 347 Or 212 (2009). Filed amicus briefs on behalf of Oregon Association of Defense Counsel in cases relating to the question of whether written-off medical bills are recoverable as economic damages in negligence cases.
- Crooked River Ranch Water Co. v. PUC, 224 Or App 485 (2008). Represented water association in challenge to Oregon Public Utility Commission order asserting regulatory jurisdiction over client; Court of Appeals agreed with our argument that PUC incorrectly interpreted state law and remanded case to the PUC for reconsideration.
- Christiansen v. Providence Health System, 344 Or 445 (2008). Filed amicus brief on behalf of Oregon Association of Hospitals & Health Systems in case relating to application of the Oregon Constitution’s “remedy clause” to a claim for prenatal injuries.
- Baughman v. Pina, 200 Or App 15, 113 P3d 459 (2005). Obtained reversal of trial court’s decision to dismiss client’s negligence claim based on standards for sufficiency of expert testimony.
- Oregon chapter in Lobbying, PACs, and Campaign Finance - 50 State Handbook, published by the State Capital Group through Thomson Reuters/West (2009-2011, 2012 forthcoming) (co-authored with James E. Mountain, Jr.).
- “Litigating the ‘Fair Value’ of a Business Organization,” published in The Verdict, an OADC publication (Winter 2011).
- “Is a Lobbyist’s Gift to a Public Official an Empty Gesture?” in Oregon State Bar Constitutional Law Section’s Newsletter (March 2011).
- “Postdecision Matters in the Court of Appeals,” Chapter 11 in Appeal and Review: the Basics (2010 ed.), Oregon State Bar publication (co-author with James E. Mountain, Jr. and Jona J. Maukonen).
- "Punitive damages: What are the risks to Oregon businesses?" Oregon Business Magazine, Oregon Business Law Journal section (September 2004).
- “Abandoning ‘We Can’t Tell’: Does Shoup Run Afoul of the Oregon Constitution?” Oregon State Bar Bulletin (July 2003).
- Introduction: “Oregon Land Use Symposium – The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of S.B. 100,” 77 Or L Rev 807 (1998) (co-authored with Kurt Wanless).
- Comment: “The Clergy-Penitent Privilege in Oregon,” 76 Or L Rev 173 (1997).