Bob is a partner in the Firm’s Mass Torts practice group with a focus on discovery in complex tort litigation. His present focus is on discovery, but in his more than thirty years at Womble Bond Dickinson; Bob has handled all phases of civil litigation, including jury trials and appellate practice. He has successfully defended civil rights claims and other claims against public officials trying cases in both state and federal court and briefed and argued cases in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the North Carolina Supreme Court, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, he had significant experience in Bob also has broad-based experience in litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in connection with commercial disputes. Bob also has broad-based experience in litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in connection with commercial disputes representing plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes.

Bob now oversees a team responsible for the preparation of answers and discovery responses in thousands of product liability cases pending in state and federal courts throughout the country. Working closely with attorneys from Womble Bond Dickinson, and other national firms, he monitors changes in plaintiffs’ theories and develops strategies to counter the same. As part of his discovery responsibilities, Bob counsels clients on document retention and production, including issues related to electronic discovery. He has significant experience in document management issues, including coordinating and supervising teams of attorneys and paralegals in locating, organizing and disseminating information Bob counsels clients on document retention and production, including issues related to electronic discovery.

Presentations

For many years, Bob presented at the Wake Forest University Annual Review of Law, covering, among other areas, case law developments in products liability, torts and legal ethics.

Professional Activities

  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member, Professionalism Committee, North Carolina State Bar
  • New York State Bar Association

Honors and Awards

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Commercial Litigation, 2016 - Present

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Bar admissions

1987, North Carolina

Admitted to practice before:

  • Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Education

  • J.D., 1979,  University of North Carolina Law School
    • with honors
    • North Carolina Law Review
  • M.A., 1974, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., 1972, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
    • magna cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa