Saint Louis University School of Law,
J.D., magna cum laude, 1995
Order of the Woolsack
Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society
University of Missouri,
M.A., Political Science, 1992
University of Illinois,
B.S., B.A., Cum Laude, 1984
Missouri Bar Association
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Illinois State Bar Association
Eveready Battery Co.
Illinois Central Railroad
Union Pacific Railroad Co.
U.S. Bank, N.A.
Listed in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, 2012-2013
Thompson Coburn LLP
Laclede Gas Company
Corporate Budgeting, Employee Benefits, Marketing, 1985-1990
Bob has more than 20 years of experience defending class actions in state and federal courts across the country.
As the co-chair of Thompson Coburn's Class Action practice group, Bob has represented telecommunication companies, retailers, manufacturers, banks, railroads, public transit authorities, governmental entities, electric and agricultural cooperatives and energy companies in all aspects of the class action litigation process, from the initial responsive pleading through the class action trial. Bob has litigated class actions in 20 states and has argued more than 25 class certification hearings and participated in more than 100 certification rulings.
His areas of substantive law include consumer fraud, product liability, telecommunications, environmental, banking, tax, data privacy, securities, eminent domain and employment law. Approximately 75 percent of his practice involves class actions. The remainder consists of general business litigation-type cases between companies and their customers, suppliers, employees and shareholders.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bob earned a business degree and worked in accounting and employee benefits administration for a regulated utility. This experience carries over into Bob's law practice, where he particularly enjoys learning about and defending challenged business practices.
"How Local Charities Can Benefit From Your Cy Pres Settlements";
St. Louis Lawyer, September, 2011
Co-Author, “The Attorneys’ Fee Award in Class Action Litigation – Is the Carrot Too Big?”;
St. Louis Lawyer, November 1999
Co-Author, “New Federal Law May Cool Class Action Hotbeds”;
Midwest In-House, April 2005
"Civil and Criminal Liability";
I Mo. Environmental Law, § 4, MoBar 2d ed. 1998