Rob has represented businesses, associations, government agencies, and individuals in litigation and arbitration proceedings for 25 years. He also counsels clients on antitrust, unfair competition, consumer litigation defense, and other trade regulation issues.
Rob has handled a diverse range of contract, business tort and intellectual property lawsuits involving the banking, construction, manufacturing and insurance industries, among others. Drawing on the expertise developed for his treatise, Testimonial Privileges, he represents attorneys and accountants in cases involving alleged malpractice and ethics violations. He has successfully argued in the federal appeals courts and the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
Rob has served in top leadership positions on the boards of numerous Rhode Island nonprofits, and has broad experience with nonprofit legal and management issues including board governance, conflicts of interest, financial supervision and reporting, investment policy, for-profit subsidiaries and related activities, charitable foundation oversight, and crisis communications.
Successful representation of health insurer challenging cuts in federal reimbursement.
Successful coverage defense of national title insurance company.
Successful defense of warranty, fraud and breach of contract claims against yacht broker.
Successful defense of bank customer’s contract, tortious interference and trade secret claims against bank.
Successful defense of payroll processing company in embezzlement case.
Successful representation in numerous trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement lawsuits.
Successful representation in numerous commercial contract disputes.
Overturned controversial eminent domain taking on public purpose grounds.
Successful representation of large REIT on complex property rights and easement issues.
Successful representation of breach of fiduciary duty claims against directors, officers, shareholders and trustees.
Successful defense of antitrust claims arising from dealer termination.
Successful defense of California false advertising and deceptive trade practices action.
Successful defense of antitrust claims against state agency.
Successful defense of health insurer on monopolization and attempted monopolization claims.
Successful representation of national manufacturer in federal price fixing investigation.
Successful representation of companies and private equity funds in merger reviews.
Successful enforcement of borrower guaranties and loan agreements.
- Make Your Charity Great Again; Double-Check Your Compliance With State Registration Laws
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Take Note E-Alert, October 2016
- Co-editor, Testimonial Privileges (2d ed.)
- Invitation to Collude Violated Massachusetts Unfair Trade Practice Statute
PS&H Antitrust Briefing (winter 2013)
- Supreme Court Rejected Antitrust Class Actions
PS&H Antitrust Briefing (Summer 2013)
- Resale Price Agreements – Mixed Developments
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (Summer 2008)
- Supreme Court to Revisit Minimum Resale Price Maintenance, Address IPO Practices
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (Winter 2007)
- Supreme Court Opens Door to Limits on Retailer Discounting
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (Fall 2007)
- Supreme Court Announces Far-Reaching Legal Standard
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (Summer 2007)
- U.S. Supreme Court Addresses Manufacturer Price Discrimination
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (Winter/Spring 2006)
- Arbitration Clause May Not Prohibit Antitrust Class Actions or Treble Damages; Limits on Discovery Allowed
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (Autumn 2006)
- Rhode Island Supreme Court Finds Broad DTPA Exemption
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (June 2004)
- Supreme Court Rules on Refusal to Deal, Essential Facilities
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (March 2004)
- FTC Asserts Limits on Petitioning Activity
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (July 2003)
- Health Care on Front Burner in 2003
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (January 2003)
- Massachusetts, RI High Courts Diverge on Indirect Purchaser Standing to Sue
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (July 2002)
- Agencies Signal Intention to Challenge Small Mergers, Sue to Unwind Completed Deals
PS&H Antitrust and Trade Regulation Briefing (March 2002)
- Rhode Island Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Antitrust and Litigation Sections
- District of Columbia Bar Association
Providence Public Library
Providence Public Library Foundation
Providence Preservation Society
- Chair, Governance Committee
Business Innovation Factory