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Overview

Robert brings more than 47 years of transactional experience to the firm. He represents developers and other real estate clients in the acquisition, financing, development, construction and sale of all types of properties.

Robert's work has included: 

  • Representing a national real estate firm in the acquisition and development of commercial real estate properties. 
  • Representing a subsidiary of a Fortune 200 company in providing mezzanine and other equity in real estate projects in several states.
  • Representing developers of residential lots for sale to builders.
  • Representing the developers of three downtown office buildings in Austin, Texas, in several matters related to the projects.

On behalf of clients in the construction industry, Robert has represented property owners and construction companies, including both general contractors and highway contractors, in general business consultation, contract negotiation and preparation, litigation and other matters.

Robert also has extensive involvement in business counseling, complex contract negotiation and preparation, negotiation and settlement of business disputes in litigation, and mediation and arbitration. He has assisted with more than 100 mediations and arbitrations, acting as the mediator or arbitrator on a variety of matters. Robert also spent several years managing all legal aspects of a major client’s business as outside general counsel.


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Recognition

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, Champion for Youth Award, 2010
  • Foundation for the Homeless, Spirit of Compassion Planter Award, 2011
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 1995-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2003-2006
  • Who’s Who in American Lawyers

Education

  • LL.B., University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    • with honors
  • B.A., Rice University
    • Economics

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Austin Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Co-Chair, 1991-1992
  • Central Texas Chapter of Association of Attorney-Mediators, Vice President, 1993
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
  • Texas College of Real Estate Council
Community Leadership
  • Austin Habitat for Humanity, volunteer
  • Boy Scouts of America Capital Area Council, Executive Board, 1983-1985
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, 1981-Present; President, 1984-1985; Chairman of the Nominating Committee, 1985-1986; Board of Directors, 1981-Present
  • Eanes Independent School District, Board of Trustees, 1986-1990; President, 1990-1993; Vice President, 1986-1990
  • Family Eldercare
  • Foundation for the Homeless, volunteer, 1988-Present; Board of Directors, 2006-Present
  • Meals on Wheels, volunteer
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club
  • Volunteer Center for Austin and Travis County, Board of Directors Vice Chair, 1981-1987
  • Westlake United Methodist Church, Chair of Pastor-Parish Relations Committee; Board of Trustees; Administrative Board and Endowment Committee