Rob represents businesses and governments in complex litigation and internal investigations as a member of the firm’s Litigation, Employment, and Intellectual Property practice groups, with an emphasis on the health care industry. In addition to his private practice, Rob is chief legal officer of Post Acute Medical, LLC, a central Pennsylvania-based health care system that owns and operates more than 25 hospitals throughout the United States. He is responsible for all legal operations associated with Post Acute Medical, including compliance and regulatory, litigation, business development and contracting, and employment issues.
Rob has regularly represented clients in complex litigation, including employment, intellectual property and corporate governance disputes. He has defended cases before federal and state administrative agencies, state trial and appellate courts, and federal bankruptcy, district, and appellate courts throughout the United States.
Rob has served as lead counsel in business litigation, from small claims to “bet-the-company” litigation. He litigated complex disputes involving contract, fraud, lender liability, business tort, defamation and slander, and professional liability claims. He also counsels clients on the avoidance of litigation, and on alternate dispute resolution methods.
Rob has represented business and governmental entities in all aspects of employment law, from day-to-day human resource issues to drafting handbooks and employment agreements to litigating all aspects of employment discrimination, wage and hour, and FMLA claims. He has conducted internal investigations and wage and hour audits for clients of all sizes, in a continuing effort to avoid costly private and governmental litigation and claims.
For more than twenty years, Rob has protected the proprietary information of his clients through trade secret, trademark, unfair competition, and confidentiality and non-compete litigation. He regularly drafts and reviews agreements associated with intellectual property, and advises clients on day-to-day IP issues. He’s served as trial counsel in patent infringement litigation, in conjunction with patent counsel, having handled multiple jury and bench trials within the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Corporate Compliance and Investigations
A significant portion of Rob’s practice involves internal investigation and corporate compliance matters. He has conducted, participated in, and counseled clients in hundreds of internal investigations at both corporate and governmental entities. He has assisted clients in drafting, interpretation, and enforcement of corporate compliance policies, and has guided clients through crisis management in connection with alleged wrongdoing by clients and their representatives. He regularly trains executives, human resource professionals, and other attorneys in the proper procedures for conducting an internal investigation.
- Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Harrisburg, 2020, Litigation – Intellectual Property
- Federal Bar Association, Middle District of Pennsylvania, president (2017-2018)
- The Best Lawyers in America©, Litigation – Intellectual Property (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022)
- Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star
- Central Penn Business Journal, “40 Under 40” (2008)
- Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Dauphin County Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association, Middle District Chapter, board of directors
- American Health Lawyers Association
- “The Impact of Cyberculture on Administrative Litigation,” 6th Annual Administrative Law Symposium for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2001)
- “The Practitioner’s Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” co-author, Recent Developments in Federal Practice (1995, 1998)
- “Rule 68: Awakening a Sleeping Giant,” co-author, 65 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 379 (1997)
- “Practice Tips for Litigating in Federal Court,” co-author, 68 Pennsylvania Bar Association Q.1 (January 1997)
- “Rule 11: Focus on Sanctions,” co-author, Vol. 2, No. 3, The Middle District Reporter 6 (Fall 1996)
- “The Nuances of Rule 26,” co-author, Vol. 2, No.3, The Middle District Reporter 5 (Summer 1996)
- “Cracking the Doctrinal Wall of Chapman v. Barney: A New Diversity Test for Limited Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies,” 5 Widener J. Pub. L. 89 (1995)
- “Franklin v. Gwinnett County Public Schools: Bursting the Bubble of Sexual Discrimination in Education,” 19 Ohio No. U.L. Rev. 817 (1993)