As a member of Butler Snow’s commercial litigation group, Robert focuses his practice on complex civil litigation for a range of business clients including large corporations, small businesses, manufacturers, real estate owners and developers and trustees. He handles jury and non-jury cases throughout the country and has appeared before the North Carolina and South Carolina Courts of Appeals and Supreme Courts, as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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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


  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2021-2022
    • Litigation – Trusts and Estates, 2021-2022
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers®
    • Business Litigation, 2016-2021
  • Charleston Business Magazine
    • 2021 Legal Elite

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


  • Lead trial counsel in a two-week jury trial in the South Carolina Business Court in Charleston County, SC defending a national retail pharmacy in a case involving claims of interference with contract and unfair trade practices. The parties reached a settlement after the conclusion of evidence and two days of jury deliberations.  February 2020.
  • 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.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Author, "Self-Evaluative Privilege May Protect Internal Investigations," Law360, February 22, 2022.
  • Co-Author, "A New Line of Defense," ACC South Carolina, 4th Quarter Newsletter, December 17, 2021
  • ​Presenter, “Put the Odds in Your Favor: How Witness Prep and Jury Research Can Give your Company the Winning Advantage at Trial,” 2021 South Carolina Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, September 16, 2021.
  • Presenter, “Socially Distant Trials and Errors” (Troubleshooting Live Expert Trial Testimony by Video), 2021 Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, August 4, 2021.
  • ​Co-Author, "Clawing Your Way to the Top in the Age of Computer-Assisted Review," ABA, Practice Points, June 14, 2021.
  • Presenter, “Trends in Fiduciary Litigation in South Carolina,” 2021 South Carolina Bar Association Annual Meeting, Probate Estate Planning & Trust Section, January 21, 2021.
  • Author, "The Dirty Secret About Doing Business in 2020," Butler Snow BizLitNews Blog, October 27, 2020.
  • ​Presenter, “COVID Litigation Update and Trends” South Carolina Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting, September 2020.
  • ​Presenter, “Commercial Leasing: Pitfalls for Commercial Landlords/Tenants and Their Real Estate Brokers,” Charleston, S.C., September 19, 2019.
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