Some attorneys are satisfied counseling from the sidelines. Not Rob. He takes the role of "team player" seriously and gets in the game. The perfect example? One of Rob's practice areas is construction law - and he is the first attorney to be named Chairman of the Board of the Heart of America Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, the pre-eminent trade association for the merit shop contractor. His firsthand industry knowledge is where his construction clients get their edge.
While Rob is knowledgeable in all areas of construction law, his specialties are contract and payment disputes that usually involve mechanics’ liens and payment bond claims. On the employment law side, Rob’s emphasis includes negotiation and litigation of employment contracts, especially noncompete agreements. Rob also handles all kinds of sophisticated and high-stakes business litigation, from fraud and tortious interference cases to claims involving breach of asset purchase agreements.
Rob currently serves as special construction counsel to Platte County, Mo. He has also handled numerous pro bono employment cases over the years at the request of Kansas federal court judges.
Rob began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Hiram H. Ward, Chief U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of North Carolina. He moved to Kansas City in 1988 to practice general business litigation at a large local law firm for four years before joining Levy Craig in 1992. He was elected the firm's President in 2009.
> Has handled scores of trials, including jury trials in both state and
federal court, bench trials and arbitration hearings.
> Has handled numerous construction payment dispute cases, many
involving more than $1 million at stake.
> Obtained judgment for contractor in excess of $500,000 against owner
of development project in Branson, Mo.
> Obtained complete defense verdict for surety on bad faith claim
> Obtained permanent injunction, damages award of more than $100,000
and contempt citation against former employee of local staffing agency
that left to set up a competing business in violation of her noncompete
> Obtained summary judgment in fraud and breach of stock purchase
case claiming damages in excess of $20 million.
> Obtained summary judgment in tortious interference case claiming
damages in excess of $2 million.
> Obtained judgment in excess of $250,000 for purchaser of fast-food
franchises for misrepresentation and breach of warranties in asset
> Obtained directed verdict in foreclosure action seeking more than $3
million and appointment of receiver for apartment complex.
> Handled and negotiated favorable confidential settlement for
architectural firm sued for malpractice relating to design of psychiatric
ward of hospital in which patient committed suicide.
> Handled and negotiated favorable confidential settlement on trademark
infringement and unfair competition claim by national carpet cleaning
> Chairman of the Board, Associated Builders and Contractors, Heart of
America Chapter, 2007
> Centurions Leadership Program, Greater Kansas City Chamber of
> Member, Earl E. O'Connor American Inn of Court, since 2003
> Member, American Bar Association, since 1986
> Litigation Section
> Construction and Commercial & Business Litigation Committees
> Member, Kansas Bar Association, since 1988
> Construction Law Committee
> Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, since 1988
> Construction Law Committee
> Member, Johnson County (Kan.) Bar Association, since 1988
> Member, Christian Legal Society, since 2002
> Director and past president, Christian Legal Resources, Inc., since
> Volunteer, Heart of America United Way, since 1994
> Volunteer coach for childrens' sports
> Author, "Design-Build in Public Construction:
A Project Delivery
System Whose Time Has (Finally!) Come," Kansas City Business
Journal, August 21, 2009
> Author, "Keeping It Out of Court," The Kansas City Star, Feb. 6, 2007
> Author, "Missouri Construction Prompt Pay Act," Missouri Lawyers
Weekly, Sept. 23, 2002, Edition
> Presenter, "10 $teps to Effective Ca$h Flow Management," "The New
Missouri Retainage Law," "Organizing a Collection System," "Dealing
With Delay," Associated Builders and Contractors, 2002, 2003
> Presenter, "Make Your Contracts Effective," "You've Earned It, Here's
How to Keep It!," National Pavement Expo West, annual convention,
2002, 2004, 2006
> J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, Winston Salem, N.C.,
> Honors: National Order of Barristers
> Associate Chief Justice, Moot Court Board
> Marshall-Wythe Moot Court Competition
> Best Brief and Semi-Finalist, Edwin M. Stanley Intramural Moot
> B.A., Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., 1983
> Varsity Football
> Sportswriter, The Wheaton Record
> Volunteer, YoungLife and Salt Company youth ministries
> North Carolina, 1986
> Missouri, 1988
> Kansas, 1989
> U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, 1989
> U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, 1989
> U.S. Circuit Court for the 10th Circuit, 1990
> Best Lawyers in America, 2010, 2011
> Best of the Bar, Kansas City Business Journal, 2003
> Super Lawyers, since 2005