Perhaps no other individual lawyer in the State of Indiana has had the impact on Indiana and Federal case law that Rob has had over the last several years. Rob’s cases have reached the Indiana Supreme Court five times and the 7th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals once. Each time, Rob has “made law” (created new precedent) and helped expand the rights of Indiana citizens.
Most recently, in Hurley v. State, 56 N.E.3d 127 (Ind. 2016) the Indiana Supreme Court adopted Rob’s argument that police offers may not cherry-pick regulations when offering chemical tests to Hoosiers suspected of drunk driving. The Hurley case represents a trait in Rob that he prides himself on: never giving up. In the Hurley case, Rob lost at the trial and appellate court levels before winning at the Indiana Supreme Court.
In Alldredge v. Good Samaratin Home, Inc., 9 N.E.3d 1257 (Ind. 2014), Rob’s arguments persuaded the Indiana Supreme Court to establish new precedent that the wrongful death statute of limitations should be tolled when the death in issue has been fraudulently concealed. (Previous Indiana law had suggested that Indiana’s wrongful death statute was never subject to tolling).
The same year, in Front Row Motors v. Jones, 5 N.E.3d 753 (Ind. 2014) Rob won another Indiana Supreme Court case, this time over a technical but important legal issue concerning when a litigant has a right to an appeal. Again, Rob’s winning argument expanded the rights of Hoosiers, making it easier for them to appeal certain types of cases and also requiring lawyers to provide adequate legal notifications to pro se litigants.
In Willis v. State, 888 N.E.2d 177 (Ind. 2008) Rob represented a single mom who was criminally prosecuted for using physical force to discipline her 11 year son. Rob again “made law” by getting the Indiana Supreme Court to recognize a “parental privilege” for child discipline.
In Woods v. State, 892 N.E.2d 637 (Ind. 2008) Rob again made it to the Indiana Supreme Court and established that probationers are denied due process when they are not allowed by judges to explain why they violated their probation.
On the federal level, Rob’s advocacy in Van Gilder v. Baker, 435 F.3d 689 (7th Cir. 2006), established that police officers should not be immunized from civil liability when their arrestees who allege police misconduct have been convicted of certain crimes.
Rob’s clients in the above cases were ordinary people who were just seeking to be treated fairly by the legal system. And today, it is ordinary people, like those referenced in the cases above, who constitute the bulk of Rob’s clients. But Rob did not always represent ordinary people seeking fair treatment. In fact, after law school, Rob worked defending the interests of insurance companies. During this time, Rob served as lead litigation counsel for the likes of Dell Computers, MGM Grand Casino, Pepper Construction Company of Indiana, SunDek of Indiana, and Rescue Rooter.
Today though, with some rare exceptions, Rob focuses his practice on representing those wrongfully injured in accidents. Rob still believes, however, that a lawyer’s job is to champion unpopular causes and cases. For this reason, he continues to devote a portion of his practice to representing those accused of crimes.
Rob is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. In law school, Rob was an associate editor of the Federal Communications Law Journal, as well as a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association trial team. Prior to law school, Rob graduated summa cum laude from Boston College’s Honors Program. While at Boston College, Rob was selected from a pool of Honors Program applicants to study for one year at Oxford University, in Oxford, England. Rob’s collegiate studies also have taken him to Spain’s National University, the Colégio de España, in Salamanca, Spain, where he became proficient in Spanish. Rob is a native of Indianapolis and graduated from Brebeuf Preparatory High School.