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Robert Joseph Palmer

Appeals Attorney at Mishawaka, IN

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Bob Palmer

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 4 years
    Indiana - IN 43 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2019
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1980
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Attorney Palmer is an excellent appeals attorney. He has been helping Hoosiers since 1980 and he will do everything he can to help you. Call him today for a free consultation.

    42 years

  2. Litigation
    If you need an experienced litigation attorney, Attorney Bob Palmer is a premier litigation attorney and can help you. Call him now for a free consultation.

    42 years

May Oberfell Lorber is a full service law firm based in Mishawaka, Indiana. I am proud of our firm's contributions to our local community.


As a partner in the firm, I focus my practice on appeals, although that often includes becoming involved with litigation at the trial court level.  I have handled more than 350 appeals at the state and federal levels and am an adjunct assistant professor of law at the University of Notre Dame law school where I work with the Appellate moot court board.


My wife and I have four children, including two medical mission children from the Philippines.  I am an avid Notre Dame sports fan.

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May, Oberfell & Lorber
4100 Edison Lakes Parkway
Mishawaka, IN, 46545-3465


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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2014
Bob has gone above and beyond in the representation he has provided. He is not only extremely knowledgeable of the processes and laws, but he is caring and passionate about the cases he represents as well as the client. Bob supported me by constantly keeping me informed, helping me to understand each step in the suit, and always being caring and professional in his reassurance in an area that can be very frightening. I would highly recommend Bob Palmer to anyone who is seeking a trustworthy, responsive, and compassionate knowledgeable attorney. I can't say thank you enough for all of your hard work and dedication to not only your clients, but the profession as well.
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Posted by anonymous | June 5, 2014
Excellent lawyer and great guy too!
Bob took on our case and filed an appeal for a custody judgement because he believed in our case and us. He is extremely qualified and knowledgeable in the law. Bob took the time to get to know us and our situation it made us feel good to know that he really cares about us and our family. Many, many times Bob took the time to listen patiently whether it was during a meeting, phone call, or before or after court to our worries, possible scenarios, and frustrations. Most busy lawyers like Bob wouldn't take the time to do that! Our appeal ending up getting denied and together with Bob's advice we decided to file with the Supreme Court where our case was overturned. Thanks to Bob our family is now back together and we are very grateful for his services. Throughout this whole process, Bob handled himself professionally and effectively. He took the extra time to research other cases to cite in our pleas. He never failed to communicate with us any updates in our case. Bob is a fantastic lawyer, a great person and family man and we highly recommend him.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-400 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • 1990 - Present
  • Partner
  • May Oberfell Lorber
  • 1982 - Present
  • Law Clerk
  • Indiana Court Of Appeals
  • 1980 - 1982


  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • University of Notre Dame
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Shah et al. v. Rodino
  • Case dismissed with leave to amend
  • Lock Realty IX vs. Americare III et al.
  • Case dismissed; Dismissal affirmed on Appeal
  • Wilson v. Myers
  • Reversed and remanded for evidentiary hearing by Indiana Supreme Court
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  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2005
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  • Valparaiso University Law Review
  • The Case for A Speech or Debate Clause Privilege for State Legislators in Federal Courts
  • 1980

Speaking Engagements

  • Appellate Skills Institute
  • Appellate Skills
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (14)
Endorse Robert
Appeals Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bob is knowledgeable and experienced in complex litigation and appellate matters, and he is a talented advocate and writer."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bob has a wealth of experience in handling both State and Federal appeals."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is one of the most talented lawyers I've had the honor to know. The breadth of his legal knowledge and ability is unparalleled. He is well-known and respected for so many great reasons. He is resourceful, practical, thoughtful and simply brilliant."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bob has tremendous experience navigating the appeals process for his clients."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Bob is a leading appellate attorney in the State of Indiana with a wealth of experience in the field."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bob is a fantastic appeals lawyer. He is the go to lawyer in the community if you need to take a case up on appeal."
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