Attorney Profile

Robert is proficient in a broad range of areas including business litigation, administrative litigation, utility/energy law, municipal issues, employment claims, public access/disclosure laws, open meetings, regulatory law, civil rights, and matters affecting the public interest. Robert has represented clients before state, federal, administrative, and tax court, and in arbitration/mediation. Robert also represents his clients before government bodies, including during open and closed city council and committee meetings. Robert has also assisted clients in managing their public relations, including providing media and social media campaigns, and outreach to the media.

Robert also provides business and organizational strategy to for-profit and non-profit businesses. Robert has provided legal advice and representation to a variety of start-ups and developing businesses, including marijuana collectives, technology companies, fashion houses, arts groups, children’s camps, and non-profit service providers, such as homeless services, human trafficking survivor services, and food assistance. Robert provides advice on a diverse range of subject areas including employment, corporate compliance, tax strategy, contract, and formation issues.

Robert is a founding member of the Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative, a nonprofit organization composed of attorneys who are committed to expanding access to the law through education and outreach. PIAC is an education-focused organization that conceives of and hosts MCLE and non-credit seminars for attorneys and members of the public on issues affecting populations traditionally under-served by the typical “downtown” attorney. PIAC also assists other non-profits with legal analysis and government/public outreach on a variety of issues including refugee rights, homelessness, and tax reform. I am also the Co-Editor of The PIAC Blog which publishes in-depth analyses of issues affecting the public interest, such as, government, energy, the media, civil rights, gun regulation, voting rights, and many more.

Legal Work

Cal. Supreme Court, Amicus Curiae Brief in Support of Petitioner, California Cannabis Coalition, et. al. vs. City of Upland, et. al. (2017) 3 Cal.5th 924

Publications

California Western Law Review: “Compelling California-Based In-Person Deposition Testimony of a Foreign Resident Through PMQ/PMK Procedures,” California Western, School of Law, Spring 2020

For the Record: “Meet and Confers: Not Just a Delay Tactic,” San Diego County Bar Association, February 2020

Law Practice Today: “A.B. 5 and Dynamex: What does this mean for California law firms?” American Bar Association, October 2019

Law Practice Today: “Government Oversight and Digital Privacy: Who’s Watching the Watchers?” American Bar Association, August 2019

Reprinted by Law Practice Today, Best of Issue, American Bar Association, July 2020

The San Diego Lawyer, “Gig Economy: How a Legal Advocate May Fit into the Scheme,” San Diego County Bar Association, August 2019

Law Practice Today: “The Future of the Practice of Law: (?) An Associate’s Perspective Working at a Virtual Law Firm,” American Bar Association, July 2019

For the Record: “Non-Legal Services: Ethical Rules and Compliance,” San Diego County Bar Association, April 2018

101/201 Practice Series: “Expanding Legal Representation to Modest Means Clients: Flat Fee, Reduced Fee, Unbundled Services, and Limited Representation,” American Bar Association, April 2017

Environment, Energy and Resources Law: “Distributed Energy Resources: The Future of Electricity,” American Bar Association, April 2017

For the Record: “Essential Questions to Ask Every Supervising Attorney,” San Diego County Bar Association, January 2017

YLD, Solo Practitioners: “Opening a Boutique Law Firm: Find a Niche,” American Bar Association, April 2016

Environment, Energy and Resources Law: “The Arctic: A Changing Landscape that Presents Opportunities and Challenges,” American Bar Association, October 2015

For the Record: “Advice for Unemployed and Underemployed Lawyers,” San Diego County Bar Association, August 2015

For the Record: “Challenging Presumptions: Is New York the Second Hardest Bar Exam?” San Diego County Bar Association, June 2015