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HELPING PEOPLE MAKE AGREEMENTS AND RESOLVE DISAGREEMENTS IN BUSINESS AND REAL ESTATE.   Harvard Law School Class of  1978.  AV (highest) rating by Martinale-Hubbell.  Serving clients in Pasadena since 1981.  






Robert Wm. Sloat focuses upon forming and preserving successful business relationships for his clients.


Mr. Sloat advises clients pragmatically, from the perspective of his broad legal and business experience.  Rather than merely raising issues which obstruct a transaction, he helps his clients evaluate risks in their business context, advising creative, practical solutions.  He negotiates in a spirit of productive cooperation, to reach the client's goals without undermining business relationships.  Deals are documented clearly, anticipating and avoiding potential disputes.  Where differences arise, he is a strong advocate, effectively articulating and advancing his client's best interests, seeking to resolve disagreements without litigation.


Negotiating and documenting real estate and business agreements and resolving disagreements–this is the major focus of Mr. Sloat's law practice.  It encompasses, for example, complex contract negotiations, purchases and sales of real estate and businesses, leases, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, customer contracts, and other transactions.  He often works with people caught up in a dispute, evaluating their legal rights and practical alternatives, then negotiating a realistic solution through vigorous advocacy.


Among his clients are real estate, engineering, technology, manufacturing, retail services, entertainment, advertising, telecommunications, and health care companies, and many individuals.






Robert Wm. Sloat has practiced business and real estate law since 1978.  He received the Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1978, after graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1975 from Seattle Pacific University.  He was Managing and Executive Editor of, and published an article in, The Harvard Journal on Legislation.


Mr. Sloat began practicing law with a prominent Los Angeles firm then known as Agnew, Miller & Carlson.  He moved his practice to Pasadena in 1981, where he helped found a ten-attorney firm, becoming Managing Partner.  His business experience includes commercial real estate brokerage, investment analysis for a real estate firm, and producing and distributing a motion picture.  In 1986 he began his individual law practice.


Based upon his reputation in the legal community, Mr. Sloat has received an AV rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, their highest rating of legal abilities and ethical standards.


A 52-year resident of Pasadena, Mr. Sloat has been active in the community as a member of the Pasadena Bar Association (Real Property Section Chairman 1998-2000), the Tournament of Roses (1989-present), and the Pasadena Unified School District school bond Citizens' Oversight Committee (2000-2004), together with other civic, church, and family pursuits with his wife and three children.


Practice Areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    36 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    36 years
  3. Business: 25%
    36 years



Hourly ($395/hour)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Karen JoAnne Sloat

    Bob Sloat is the consummate transactional lawyer. We have worked together on legal matters and he has assisted me in my legal practice, when transactional issues have arisen, on many occasions. Bob is thorough, reasonable, wise and discerning. Perhaps most impressive is his diligent, patient technique for negotiating that almost always leads to a successful resolution. I heartily endorse Bob Sloat.


    Karen Sloat Contracts & Agreements Attorney
    Relationship: Family member

Contact Info

301 East Colorado Boulevard, Suite 320
Pasadena, CA, 91101-1921



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Top AttorneysPasadena Magazine2015
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerRobert Wm. Sloat, attorney at law1986 - Present
Managing PartnerMacFarlane, Lambert, Sloat & Gallo1982 - 1986
AssociateBoyle, Olson, Poole & Robinson1981 - 1982
AssociateAgnew, Miller & Carlson1978 - 1981
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent’s Committee on Effective School Capacity and UtilizationMember2003 - 2003
Pasadena Unified School District School Bond Oversight CommitteeChair, Communication Subcommittee1999 - 2003
Pasadena Bar AssociationChair, Real Property Section1998 - 2000
Pasadena Tournament of Roses AssociationMember1989 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1978 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Harvard Journal on LegislationGovernment in the Sunshine Act: A Danger of Overexposure1978
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Univ Law SchoolLawJuris Doctor1978
Seattle Pacific UnivPolitical ScienceBachelor of Arts1975