Phone: 415-505-6339


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D. 1976, cum laude, Order of the Coif, Associate Editor of the Law Review
  • DePauw University, B.A. 1973, with distinction  


Bob is admitted to practice law in California; the U.S. district courts for the Eastern, Central, Northern, and Southern districts of California; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was certified as a legal specialist in Franchise and Distribution Law (State Bar of California) from 2009-2019.


  • "Results and Observations: How a Multistep Med-Arb Produced a Fast(er) Settlement," (Part 2 of 2), Alternatives Newsletter (International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution), Vol. 29, No. 4 (April 2011)
  • "A Different Approach to Conducting Med-Arb In Complex Commercial Litigation Matters" (Part 1 of 2), Alternatives Newsletter (International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution), Vol. 29, No. 3 (March 2011)
  • "New Arbitration Ordinance Issued in Hong Kong Attracts Attention From International Arbitration Community," Asia Pacific Alert (December 15, 2010)
  • “Fundamentals of Arbitrating before CIETAC,” Contract Law and International Trade Law, Law 360 (September 9, 2009)
  • “Price Allowance Programs Here for the Long Haul: The Supreme Court Decision in Volvo Trucks North America v. Reeder-Simco GMC” (coauthor), Distribution, ABA (May 2006)
  • “United States v. Dentsply: The Third Circuit Sinks Its Teeth into Exclusive Dealing Issues,” Distribution, ABA (February 2006)
  • “Radisson and the Potential Demise of the Sealy-Barnes-Hinton Rule” (coauthor), American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal (Summer 2007)
  • “Making US Courts Accept Foreign Arbitration” (coauthor), International Financial Law Review (September 2005)
  • “The Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration,” American Bar Association Franchise Law Journal (Fall 2002)


  • Speaker, “Topics in International Arbitration: E-Discovery and Choosing the Arbitrator,” Yulchon seminar, Seoul, Korea (October 2009)
  • Speaker, “Ownership, Protection and Use of Customer Data,” ABA Forum on Franchising, Phoenix, Ariz. (October 2007)
  • Speaker, “ Drafting International Arbitration Clauses, Primer on International Commercial Arbitration and Mediation: Legal Foundations and Practice Tips,” California State Bar Annual Meeting (October 2002)
  • Speaker, “Franchising and Distribution in the Automotive Industry,” ABA Franchise Forum (October 1999)

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2015-24, and in Business Litigation, 2007-14, selected by Law and Politics and San Francisco magazines.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Franchise Law, selected by peers for inclusion: 2008 - 2024
  • International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers, 2010-2014
  • Member, The Mediation Society of San Francisco
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Legal Services for Children, Pro Bono Advocate Awards: 2008, 2009, and 2011
  • California Trout, Inc.: President’s “Streamkeeper” Award

Personal Interests

Bob is an avid bicyclist, backpacker, fly fisherman and skier, does his best to carve wood and make furniture, and enjoys above all else spending time with his family, including his six grandchildren.

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