Robert is a member of Butler Snow’s commercial litigation group where he focuses his practice on complex civil litigation for a variety of clients, including large corporations, manufacturers, small businesses, real estate owners and developers, and trustees. He has tried jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts in North and South Carolina, and has successfully handled appeals before the Court of Appeals and Supreme Courts of North and South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2002
  • South Carolina, 2003
  • U.S. District Courts
    • South Carolina: District of South Carolina
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 4th Circuit

Civic Involvement

  • Leadership Charleston, Class of 2012
  • Charleston Stage, Board Member

Distinctions

  • South Carolina Super Lawyers®
    • Business Litigation, 2016-2019

Education & Honors

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., 2002
    • Articles Editor, South Carolina Environmental Law Journal
    • Member, Moot Court Bar
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., English, 1999

Experience

  • Lead counsel defending a large manufacturer in a wrongful death action pending in District Court in South Carolina. After completing the first phase of a bifurcated discovery schedule, on March 25, 2019, the District Court granted the defendant’s Motion to Dismiss based on a finding that the decedent was the statutory employee of the defendant and that his estate’s only legal recourse was under the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Act. 
  • Lead counsel representing a family in a series of actions pending in Probate and Circuit Courts in Beaufort, SC, seeking to remove a trustee from a series of revocable, irrevocable, and charitable trusts and recover damages for breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty. After five years of litigation, the cases settled. December 2018. 
  • Lead trial counsel in a scheduled multi-week jury trial in the Circuit Court in Charleston County, SC defending a property owner from personal injury claims related to an alleged toxic exposure. The case settled after two days of trial. September 2018. 
  • Co-counsel defending an online travel company in a class action filed in District Court in South Carolina. The District Court granted the travel company’s motion to dismiss on the grounds that the arbitration clause and class action waiver contained in the hybrid clickwrap/browsewrap agreement were enforceable. June 2018. 
  • Lead counsel for the plaintiff trust in an LLC derivative proceeding pending in the South Carolina Business Court, seeking damages for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and an accounting. The case settled after two years of litigation. May 2018. 
  • Lead trial counsel in a two-week jury trial in the Circuit Court in Charleston County, SC defending a property owner from claims of breach of contract and interference with contract after the property was damaged by fire. The owner settled with two of the parties after the trial. The case against the remaining plaintiff is currently on appeal in the South Carolina Court of Appeals. February 2018.
  • Lead counsel representing a German machine manufacturer in a series of products liability cases filed in District Courts and state courts in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Alabama. All of the cases settled prior to trial. May 2015 – September 2018.
  • Lead counsel for the trustee of an irrevocable trust in a matter pending in the Probate Court in Beaufort County, SC, defending against claims of breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty. After two years of litigation, the case settled at mediation. May 2017.
  • Lead counsel for a community bank in an action pending in the Circuit Court in Horry County, SC, defending against claims for breach of contract, unfair trade practices, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, and conversion. After three years of litigation, the case settled at mediation. August 2015.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, “How to Achieve the Mandate of Proportionality Through Phased Discovery,” ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice, May 2018.
  • Presenter, “Weathering the Storm of Data Breach Liability,” Commercial Law WebAdvisor Webinar, June 27, 2017.
  • ​Speaker, “Recent Developments in Electronic Discovery & Defense Strategies,” Hannover, Germany, June 13, 2017.
  • Presenter, “The War Against Fiduciaries: A Growing Trend in Trust & Estate Litigation,” Commercial Law WebAdvisor Webinar, April 25, 2017.
  • Co-Author, “When Do You Need an English Translator in Civil Depositions?,” ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice, August 2016.
  • Author, “European Parliament Passes Landmark Data Protection Regulation”, Privacy & Data Security Law Blog, July 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Resident Defendant Exception for Removal: A Clever Move or Legal Gamesmanship?,” ABA Section of Litigation Trial Practice, April 2016.
  • Co-Author, “Requests for Admission: The Forgotten Weapon in the Litigator’s Arsenal,” American Bar Association’s Spring Newsletter, June 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Does Your Company Have Insurance Coverage For a Data Breach?,” Inside Counsel, December 2014.
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