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Robert practices aviation accident law. He handles a wide variety of complex aviation
cases involving U.S. and international accidents. Robert represents victims and their families. He has spent nearly 25 years litigating cases against small and large corporations, aircraft component manufacturers, airlines, charter and fixed base operators, maintenance and overhaul facilities, and other at-fault parties.
In 1982 Robert received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Aeronautical Studies from the University of North Dakota’s Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Robert received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law in 1988, where he was a law review editor and member of moot court. Robert also obtained a Masters of Law Degree (LLM) in International Aviation Law from the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University, where he graduated with highest honors. Since 1999 Robert has been an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School where he teaches Aviation Accident Law.
Robert is a multi-engine rated commercial pilot, ex-flight instructor (commercial and instrument), seaplane pilot, and FAA certified airframe and power plant mechanic. He worked as a professional pilot for three years before becoming an attorney.
Robert is active in many organizations including the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association and past chairman of the Aviation Sections of both the King County Bar Association and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association. Robert is a regular speaker at aviation seminars and conferences throughout the U.S, Canada, and overseas. He has published more than thirty legal articles in various publications including law reviews and aviation law periodicals. He is admitted to practice law in federal and state courts, including the states of Washington, California, Alaska, Hawaii (pending), Minnesota, and Colorado.