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  • Education
    • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 2007, magna cum laude & 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; summa cum laude & Phi Beta Kappa
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
Bob is a Shareholder in Polsinelli’s Business Litigation department. Bob partners with clients to effectively resolve business disputes, using skills in arbitration, trial, and litigation case management. His areas of practice include class action lawsuits, high-stakes complex commercial litigation, Delaware Court of Chancery disputes, and derivative litigation, in 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 also represents corporations, shareholders, and bankruptcy trustees in prosecuting litigation in a wide variety of actions, such as breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and access to corporate books and records.

Bob is an active member of the American Bar Association including serving as a co-chair of the Delaware Corporate Committee of the ABA’s Commercial and Business Litigation Committee for several years. Bob is also active with the Defense Research Institute and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. 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 at an Am Law 20 law firm in New York 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.
  • Selected for inclusion in “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021
  • 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 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.
  • Defeated a $60.5 million arbitration for claims of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, tortious interference, breach of contract, and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. The business dispute involved buy-sell provisions, ownership interests, and termination of employment.
  • 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.
  • Obtained a $93 million judgement against a controller and several other officers and directors of an oil company for breach of fiduciary duty and for conspiring to breach fiduciary duty on behalf of the Chapter 7 Trustee of Xurex, Inc., in the Western District of Missouri and the Western District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court.
  • 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.
  • Obtained a $1.5 million jury verdict 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.
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