Bob is a trial lawyer with emphasis on consumer financial services litigation.
Bob is a trial lawyer with an emphasis on consumer financial services litigation. Bob has litigated lender liability claims in federal and state court and novel issues related to the standard of care of financial institutions to third parties, as well as application of the economic loss rule to financial services. Bob also has experience litigating the Maryland Mortgage Fraud Protection Act, as well as the numerous federal statutes impacting the financial services industry, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Truth In Lending Act and state and federal unfair and deceptive practices acts. He is a member of both the Litigation and Financial Services Practice Groups.
In addition, Bob is experienced in litigating a wide array of business competition claims, including shareholder disputes, restrictive covenants, unfair competition claims and trade secret, employment and insurance coverage disputes. He has served as first chair trial counsel in a number of jury and non-jury cases and has extensive experience with many different types of alternative dispute resolution. He has briefed and argued motions related to class certification concerning a variety of industries.
Before entering private practice, Bob served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Lawrence F. Rodowsky in the Court of Appeals of Maryland and as a Special Assistant States Attorney for the Baltimore City States Attorney's Office.
Represents banks in various types of financial services cases including those involving alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Residential Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Maryland Mortgage Fraud Protection Act, as well as those involving common law claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duties and other causes of action related to lender liability.
Defended and prosecuted claims against banks involving allegations of employee embezzlement, fraud and negligent supervision.
Served as first chair counsel in an arbitration involving an officer and shareholder of one of the largest accounting firms in Maryland. Client obtained full recovery of equity and won a substantial victory on restrictive covenant.
Served as first chair counsel in a bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada in a commercial claim involving the sale of mini-bars to one of the largest hotel chains in Las Vegas.
Served as first chair counsel in a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County in a claim of discrimination and breach of contract involving one of the largest homebuilders in the country. Case was won on a motion for judgment at the close of plaintiff's case.
Served as first chair counsel in a jury trial in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in a case brought by an employer alleging that a competitor engaged in unfair competition and that its employees breached non-solicitation covenants. The jury awarded the client all actual damages and attorney's fees.
Served as first chair counsel in an arbitration before the Consumer Protection Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office in a Plaintiff's claim involving breach of contract and unfair competition claims. Obtained favorable judgment from arbitrator.
Represented a large manufacturer in a Magnuson Moss warranty class action in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Represented an employer in collective and class action based on violations of the Federal Labor Standards Act and the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law.
Member, Board of the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, February 2020 to present
Member, Board of Trustees of the Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc., 2019 to present
Criminal Defense Panel Attorney, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 2006 to present
Manuscript Editor, Law Review, University of Maryland School of Law, 1998-1999