Biography

Rob has a diverse practice that focuses on two distinct primary areas - commercial litigation and promotion law. Rob’s skill sets in these disparate areas enable him to provide a holistic approach to meeting each client’s needs: his litigation clients benefit from the practical, real-world advice common in advertising law, while his promotion clients benefit from an outlook that tries to avoid litigation.

From the companies he represents in contractual, employment, real estate, shareholder and business disputes, to the major national brands which look to him for his in-depth understanding and knowledge in promotions, cause-related marketing and commercial co-ventures, all praise Rob for his outgoing personality and his pragmatic advice. His clients know they can depend on him to accomplish whatever needs to be done in a timely manner.

Commercial Litigation

For more than 25 years in state and federal courts nationwide, Rob has litigated cases before juries in a wide-range of commercial actions including contracts, employment issues, intellectual property, commercial lending and other corporate disputes. He has also arbitrated claims in Connecticut, New York, and before the International Chamber of Commerce.

Rob represents litigation clients in a wide range of industries, including aircraft, paper, food, energy, entertainment, construction, fashion, real estate and investment funds. A sampling of results in some of his recent cases include:

  • Multi-million dollar arbitration award for a foreign representative against a commercial cargo aircraft company doing business abroad
  • Summary judgment for a member of a Cayman Islands investment fund for wrongful termination of the manager
  • Favorable jury verdicts for:
    • the lessee of two 747 aircraft in a federal breach of lease trial
    • a regional heating oil company against a former salesperson for breach of a non-solicitation agreement
    • a multi-million dollar investment trust against its manager for mismanagement
  • Injunctive relief:
    • on behalf of a South Dakota producer of prime beef against a distributor for wrongful termination of an exclusive distributorship agreement
    • where a company that had purchased a multi-million dollar business brought an action against the seller for breach of a non-compete agreement
    • for a short term commercial lender concerning a portfolio of secured properties
  • Successful defense of a claim of trademark infringement against a Florida water purification company
  • Enforcing the IP rights of a well-known bicycle manufacturer and the IP rights of a high-end designer of handbags
  • Multiple actions on commercial paper and to foreclose commercial property in New York and Connecticut
  • Satisfactory settlements in:
    • a suit by a national paper distributor against a customer for non-payment
    • a breach of employment agreement case on behalf of a former president of a Broadway sound company against her former employer
    • a patent infringement case on behalf of a national pool products manufacturer against a competitor

Services / Industries

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School  (J.D.)
  • Columbia College  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • State-Certified Firefighter for the Weston (CT) Volunteer Fire Department (2005 - present)

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • New York

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association

Honors

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Business Litigation (2013-2016)

To learn more about third-party ratings and rankings, and the selection processes used for inclusion, click here.

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Firm Highlights

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The TTB is Watching – Beverage Community Asked to Self-Report Violations

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New York AG Gives No Stars To Fake Online Reviews

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I Catch the Fish, You Cook the Fish, The Only Time We're Together is When We Eat the Fish: Banning Gender Stereotypes in Ads

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