Georgetown University Law Center,
Member, Georgetown University Athletic Advisory Co
National Institute of Continuing Education
Yale Varsity Football Letterman
Founder and Coordinator, Black Athletes at Yale
Sports Lawyers Association
St. Louis Sports Commission
American Bar Association, Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries
The 2007 Final Four Bid: St. Louis Organizing Committee
The 2005 Final Four: St. Louis Organizing Committee
Association of Attorney-Mediators
Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America®" (by BL Rankings), 2015-2024
Named to "The Missouri Lawyers Weekly" POWER List for Sports & Entertainment Law, 2023
Thompson Coburn LLP
St. Louis Rams Partnership
General Counsel, Executive Vice President/Administration, 1995-2011
Assistant to President and General Counsel, 1991-1995
Guifoil, Petzall, & Shoemake
The Productive Living Board for St. Louis County Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
Vice Chair, 2021-Present
Governor's Council on Disabilities
Appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon in 2010
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Chancellor's Council, 2005-2021
Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1999-Present
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Board of Directors, Past Chairman
St. Louis Regional Business Council
Board of Directors, 2007-2009
United Way of Greater St. Louis
Board of Directors, 2003-2009
Webster University School of Business
Board of Advisors, 2001-2012
St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association
Board of Directors, 2000-2009
As chairman of the Firm's Sports Law Group, Bob represents teams, prospective buyers of sports teams, companies interested in sports marketing and civic and government entities facing team relocation or facility issues.
He also assists players, coaches and executives with contract negotiations and separation agreements, and serves as an NFL-approved hearing officer for violations of the league's drug and conduct policies.
Bob has cultivated more than 30 years of experience in both the St. Louis business community and the national sports arena through his past executive and legal work for the Philadelphia Eagles and the St. Louis Football Cardinals.
He spent 16 years with the Rams, serving as the team's executive vice president and general counsel. During his 30-year career in professional football, Bob was one of the highest-ranking African-American club executives in the National Football League. He led the Rams' operations and business departments during two Super Bowl appearances, managed the team's $200 million budget and served as lead negotiator in the renaming of the Rams' stadium to the Edward Jones Dome.
Bob has taught sports law as an adjunct professor at both Washington University School of Law and Saint Louis University School of Law. He also wrote a weekly magazine column, "Business Philosophy," and has authored several other articles on sports law topics.
"How Can a University Manage an All-Powerful College Coach?";
Legal Issues in College Athletics, March 2015
"It Happened In Happy Valley";
Sports Litigation Alert, August 10, 2012
"The Gladiators Must Perform";
Sports Litigation Alert, June 1, 2012
"The Book of Basketball: It's All About Winning";
Sports Litigation Alert, July 29, 2011
"Mediation in Professional Sports Disputes";
Sports Litigation Alert, June 17, 2011
"Labor Relations in Professional Sports: Does Federal Law Level the Playing Field?"
2012 8th Circuit Judicial Conference August 9, 2012
"Ethics for Sports Lawyers, The Lawyer’s Dilemma: Ethics vs. Reality,"
2012 Sports Lawyers Association Annual Conference May 12, 2012
"Tips from the Pros; Winning Contract Negotiations and Representing Challenging Clients";
Missouri Bar CLE/Washington University School of Law, February 17, 2011
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