Bob's litigation experience is both broad and deep. He has been involved in defending class actions in state and federal courts for almost 30 years. Much of this work has been for Allstate Insurance Company, but has also included work for Country Companies, T. Y. Lin International, NCR Corporation and Montgomery Ward. He has successfully defeated class certification in several cases, most recently in Opperman v. Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company (2009). Bob also successfully settled class actions when that was in the best interests of his clients, the most recent being Webb v. cleverbridge, Inc., et al. (2012). Bob's article, "Four Lessons From Wal-Mart v. Dukes And Their Application to Montana Class Action Law," published in the Montana Law Review in 2012, was recently cited with approval in a dissenting opinion in Mattson v. Montana Power Co. (2012). Although focused on Montana law, the article has general applicability to federal and state cases in which the state class action rules mimic the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Bob has also had substantial experience in insurance claims litigation and bad faith. While practicing in San Francisco, Bob advised Allstate with regard to, and handled much of the litigation arising out of, the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the 1991 Oakland Hills fire and the 1993 Northridge earthquake. He also handled a variety of bad faith cases arising from various claims-handling practices and coverage issues. After his return to the Chicago office, Bob was extensively involved in the litigation arising out of Hurricane Isabel (2003 – 2006) and Hurricane Katrina (2005 – 2008). In two recent cases, Bob successfully defended Allstate's 180-day provision governing the payment of replacement cost coverage from an assertion that it violated the provisions of New York's and New Jersey's Standard Fire Policies. (See Woodhams v. Allstate Property & Casualty Insurance Company , aff'd  and Reddick v. Allstate New Jersey Insurance Company .)
Bob has spent a significant amount of time during his career defending antitrust claims involving price fixing, monopolization, attempted monopolization and/or group boycott in a variety of industries, including insurance, franchising, health care, manufacturing and mining. Most recently, Bob favorably settled an attempt to monopolize and a tying claim for Renown Health Systems in Reno, NV (2010). He was also part of a defense team that successfully dismissed an antitrust challenge to the insurance industry's auto glass repair/replacement program for Allstate Insurance Company in the Southern District of New York (2012). In addition, Bob has lectured at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan on antitrust issues.
Furthermore, Bob has litigated dozens of franchise cases for McDonald's, Holiday Inns and Embassy Suites; has handled construction defect cases for Pepper Construction Company and T.Y. Lin International; has handled trademark litigation for McDonald's; and been involved in general commercial litigation and arbitration for a variety of large and small companies.
Bob recently completed mediation training at the Center for Collaborative Solutions in Bozeman, MT, and is available to act as a mediator.