Robert is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and by the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is President of General Counsel Online and serves as its lead attorney. He is also a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association Technology and E-Discovery Committee.
Although Robert has more than 20 years experience in corporate law and practice, it is his role on both sides of the attorney-client relationship that makes him truly unique and valuable to you and your business. Robert is a legal pragmatist who understands that the role of the general counsel is to help the business accomplish its goals, legally, ethically and promptly. Robert’s goal is to provide the kind of ongoing advice that will keep the business out away from lawsuits and out of the courts. Robert’s legal credentials are diverse and extensive. He was General Counsel to US Interactive, a public company that he co-founded in New York in the mid-1990s. There, he helped oversee everything from company mergers to intellectual property and wrote and negotiated contracts with some of the largest companies in the Fortune 100 list. Before that, spent nearly 10 years as senior corporate counsel to an IBM / Sears / CBS company and an online pioneer, Prodigy Services Company, where he authored the industry’s first online agreements and filed a pioneer patent. Robert was also legal analyst to the United States Congress Office of Technology Assessment, helping advise Congressional Committees on matters related to intellectual property law and new technology, and a law clerk to the Federal District Court for the District of New Hampshire.
Areas of Practice
Robert is adept in a broad range of law related to businesses, contracts, policy and intellectual property. He has written S-1 filings for a public company, authored a variety of capital investment documents and written and negotiated a broad range of contracts with some of the largest corporations in the world (American Airlines, the US Senate, Royal Caribbean, American Express and a host of others). Robert is a published author of many legal works and is the motivating force behind pioneer patent (US 5,347,632 et seq.) that are “highly cited among software patents.” Robert’s career is a well-rounded one, including not only 20 years of legal experience, but the founding of a public company, and several other technology firms, as well as a position as adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
Robert earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of New Hampshire Law School (previously the Franklin Pierce Law & Technology Center), as well as Bowling Green University (M.A., Philosophy) and Kalamazoo College (BA, Philosophy). Robert was also a Olympian candidate in 1 and 3 meter diving. He is a father of 2 children.
Robert is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and lower courts, as well as in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and actively involved in its Legal Technology and E-Discovery Committee.
|General Counsel||US Interactive||1995 - 2000|
|Assistant General Counsel||Prodigy Services Company (IBM)||1987 - 1994|
|Legal Analyst||US Office of Technology Assessment, US Congress||1984 - 1987|
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