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Robert was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served his country, was decorated, and honorably discharged from the United States Air Force in 1979.

He attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, Sociology, and Rhetoric in 1995.

Robert graduated from California Western School of Law in 2000 on an academic scholarship and is a licensed attorney admitted to the State Bar of Minnesota and the State Bar of California.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the San Diego County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Robert is admitted to all state courts in California and Minnesota, as well as all federal courts in California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Robert has been associated with such prestigious law firms as Dorsey & Whitney, Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, and Barry & Slade, LLC, in a non-attorney capacity.

Finally, Robert is an Adjunct Professor of Law at California Western School of Law, where he teaches Consumer Law.


Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 75%
    13 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Class Action: 25%
    13 years, 20 cases



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  • Todd Friedman

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    Todd Friedman Lemon law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Matthew Michael Loker

    I endorse Mr. Hyde and believe that he is the most knowledgeable attorney that I have come across with regard to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This thorough knowledge of these statutes combined with Mr. Hyde's superior motion practice have earned Mr. Hyde a reputation as one of the best in the field.


    Matthew Loker Consumer protection Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Hyde & Swigart

2221 Camino Del Rio South
Ste 101
San Diego, CA, 92108

Hyde & Swigart

4129 Main Street
Ste. B8
Riverside, CA, 92501-3673

Hyde & Swigart

5343 N. 16th Street
Ste 460
Phoenix, AZ, 85016



MNAuthorized to practice200507/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHyde & Swigart2002 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Supreme Court Of The United StatesAttorney2009 - Present
Supreme Court Historical SocietyMember2009 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitAttorney2005 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaAttorney2004 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaAttorney2004 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaAttorney2004 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2003 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaAttorney2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bellows v. NCO Fin. Sys., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 297 (S.D. Cal. Jan. 5, 2009)Prevailed
Shaw v. Credit Collection Servs., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117248 (S.D. Cal. Dec. 11, 2009)Prevailed
Hyde v. Midland Credit Mgmt., Inc., 567 F.3d 1137 (9th Cir. Cal. 2009)The award of attorney's fees and costs was reversed.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of MinnesotaN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
California Western School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The FDCPA for ConsumersConsumer Rights2013