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  • Education
    • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2007, Order of the Coif; Staff Writer and Lead Articles Editor for Washington and Lee Law Review
    • B.S., Washington and Lee University, 2003, Business Administration; Phi Beta Kappa
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Bob is an attorney in Polsinelli’ s Business Litigation department. Bob combines his strong advocacy skills, business minded practice, and specialized knowledge of Delaware corporate law to partner with clients and effectively resolve business disputes. His practice focuses on complex business, derivative, securities, and shareholder class action litigation in both federal and state courts throughout the country.

He has significant experience defending companies, boards of directors, and senior management in shareholder derivative litigation in, among other jurisdictions, the Delaware Court of Chancery. He also has significant experience with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, both defending companies named in class action litigation and in counseling compliance issues with companies in a diverse range of industries, including energy, finance, health care, and retail.

Bob is an active member of the American Bar Association including serving as the co-chair of the Delaware Corporate Committee of the ABA’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee. Bob is also active with the Defense Research Institute and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association and he regularly speaks and writes on Delaware corporate law issues and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. 

Before joining Polsinelli, Bob worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald F. Parsons, Jr. of the Delaware Court of Chancery. After his clerkship, Bob practiced in a large New York City law firm before returning to his hometown of Kansas City. As an extension of his prior work in Delaware, Bob frequently partners with attorneys in the firm’s Wilmington office and regularly practices before the Delaware Court of Chancery.
 
Distinctions
  • Selected for inclusion in "Under 40 Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation, 2018-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in "Under 40 Hot List" by Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2018 
  • Law clerk for The Honorable Donald F. Parsons, Jr., Delaware Court of Chancery, 2007-2008
  • Trial counsel defending a national telecom carrier against a $500 million breach of contract action in the Delaware Superior Court. 
  • Obtained a $20 million judgment against an investor in a software company who led a bad faith campaign to gain control and profit from a company sale in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Second chair trial counsel in prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, and misappropriation of trade secret claims on behalf of the Chapter 7 Trustee of Xurex, Inc., in the Western District of Missouri and the Western District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court.
  • Lead trial counsel in the prosecution of a business dispute involving claims for breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing in Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri
  • Defending a corporation named in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Served as lead trial counsel in the prosecution of a lawsuit in the Western District of Missouri. The case settled during trial under confidential terms.
  • Won a motion to dismiss a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action lawsuit in the Southern District of California where Plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages. The Court held that Plaintiff failed to state a claim.  Further, while not part of the holding, the Court previewed that it may deny class certification or find no standing because plaintiff invites calls and is a serial TCPA litigant.  The Court also expressed doubt that an automatic telephone dialing system was used, while noting that the issue is not amenable to a resolution on a motion to dismiss.
  • Won a motion to dismiss a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Louisiana where plaintiff sought millions of dollars in damages.  The Court took judicial notice of the complained-of text messages and held that plaintiff consented to receive those communications.  Specifically, plaintiff voluntarily opted for informational communications about CPR and healthy living from a charitable entity.  The fact that those communications also included the name of the nonprofit’s associated donor or another charitable entity is not disguised marketing that gives rise to a TCPA claim.
  • Defend companies, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships in books and records actions in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • Served as second chair trial counsel in the prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent transfer, and breach of contract claims on behalf of the Liquidating Trustee of Ultimate Escapes in Delaware Bankruptcy Court.
  • Obtained a $1.5 million jury verdict as second chair trial counsel in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri at Kansas City, in a business dispute involving claims for breach of contract, breach of confidentiality, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a financial services company named in a $150 million Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action lawsuit in the District of Nevada, where the court found plaintiff failed to create a triable issue under any theory of direct or vicarious liability. The Ninth Circuit affirmed the judgment.
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Blocking Rights Boomerang After Basho Decision
Mention, The Deal
September 18, 2018
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September 17, 2018
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Laster Hits Investment Fund, Manager With $20.3M in Damages for Tech Firm Coup
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July 9, 2018
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July 6, 2018
eAlerts Alerts
April 2018
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December 2017
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Ex-Basho CEO Tells Of Frayed Relations With Large Investor
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October 2, 2017
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February 2017
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June 28, 2016
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The Allure of the First State: Overview of Delaware’s Preeminence
2016 Annual Business Law Institute - CLE
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June 2016
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