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About Me

Diverse commercial litigation practice in state and federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia, with a current emphasis on real estate and consumer finance litigation. Extensive trial and appellate experience in cases involving title insurance, mortgages, consumer lending, banking, commercial construction, product liability, business torts and condemnation.


Practice Areas


  1. Litigation: 100%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Benjamin Starbuck Wechsler

    Robert and I worked closely together on a complex mortgage fraud matter over the course of several years. He is an aggressive advocate and a skilled litigator, with good dose of common sense, humor and humility thrown in for good measure.


    Benjamin Wechsler Environmental and Natural Resources Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Ballard Spahr LLP

300 E Lombard Street
18th Floor
Baltimore, MD, 21202-3268


DCActive 200605/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AmJur Award - Commercial transactionsAmerican Jurisprudence Award1994
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerBallard Spahr LLP1996 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorUniversity Of Baltimore School Of Law2011 - 2012
Law clerkCourt Of Appeals Of Maryland1995 - 1996
Association NamePosition NameDuration
ABA Tilte Insurance Litigation CommitteeN/A2009 - Present
ABA Real Estate Litigation CommitteeN/A2009 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Taylor Electric Co. v. First Mariner Bank, 191 Md. App. 482, 992 A.2d 490 (2010).Prevailed
Smalley v. Shapiro & Burson, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9131 (D.Md. Jan. 26, 2012)Prevailed
Washington Mutual v. Homan, 186 Md. App. 372, 974 A.2d 376 (2009)Prevailed
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Publication NameTitleDate
American Bar Association Title Insurance Litigation Committee newsletterDealing With Defective Mortgages2011
American Bar Association Real Estate Litigation Committee newsletterCourt Protects Mortgages Executed in Foreclosure Rescue Transactions2009
American Bar Association Real Estate Litigation Committee newsletterArthur v. Ticor Title Insurance Co.: State Law Remedies in Title Insurance Class Actions2009
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Baltimore School of LawN/AJ.D.1995
University of Wisconsin-MadisonJournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1987
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CitiMortgage in-house CLE seminarProtecting Confidential Information in Discovery2011
Stewart Title Guaranty Company in-house training seminarRisks for Title Insurers in Foreclosure Rescue Transactions2007