Robert K. Taylor

Of Counsel



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.

Practice Areas

Commercial Finance

Corporate & Business

Energy & Environmental

Intellectual Property

Litigation & Disputes

Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt

Private Clients


Yale University, B.A., cum laude

Bar Memberships


District of Columbia

Rhode Island

U.S. District Court, Rhode Island

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Antitrust and Litigation Sections
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
    • Antitrust Section


  • Providence Public Library
    • Past-Chairman
  • Providence Public Library Foundation
    • Trustee
    • Past-Vice Chairman
  • Providence Preservation Society
    • Chair, Governance Committee
  • Business Innovation Factory
    • Board of Directors
  • BSA Narragansett Council
    • Executive Board

Representative Cases

  • Represented the Public Utility Commission with regard to a major rate case focused on the decoupling of transportation of natural gas from commodity charges.
  • Successfully represented the Rhode Island Department of Transportation in a number of high stakes litigation involving construction issues, federal funding, and attacks on the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s tolling authority.
  • Successfully represented municipality in a court challenge to its authority to impose a moratorium on solar developments to permit the municipality to complete its impact analysis and amend its zoning ordinance to address identified issues.


  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America as an expert in commercial litigation
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in Rhode Island Super Lawyers

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