Rob is a shareholder in our Fargo office and dedicates his practice to the defense of civil litigation claims in state and federal court. Rob's areas of expertise include commercial litigation, products liability, professional negligence, employment litigation, general insurance defense, construction disputes, transportation claims, and oil and gas litigation. He regularly works on oil field related litigation, focusing on the defense of oil industry clients in all types of catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims ranging from rig accidents to motor vehicle accidents. Rob also has extensive experience representing employers in FLSA wage and hour litigation. 

Rob graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from North Dakota State University in 2000. He then graduated, with distinction, from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2004, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Rob served as President of the Student Trial Lawyers Association and as Editor-in-Chief of the North Dakota Law Review. Before joining the firm, Rob served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rodney S. Webb, United States District Judge for the District of North Dakota. 

Rob is past President of the North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association and of the Cass County Bar Association and currently serves as the President of the North Dakota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Rob also serves on the steering committee for the Transportation Practice Group of ALFA International and serves in various leadership positions for the Defense Research Institute (DRI).

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Construction Litigation

Products Liability

Professional Negligence Defense

Employment Litigation

Insurance Defense

Transportation Law

Oil & Gas Litigation

Honors and Distinctions

Great Plains Super Lawyers®, Thomson/Reuters (2013-2016)

Listed as a leading North Dakota Litigation attorney, Chambers USA 

Admitted To Practice

Fort Berthold Tribal Court, 2013

North Dakota, 2004

Minnesota, 2006

U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, 2006

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2008

U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2009

U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013

Memberships

State Bar Association of North Dakota

Minnesota State Bar Association

Cass County Bar Association

Clay County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute (DRI)

North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association (NDDLA)

Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel

Presentations

"What to do in the Event of a Major Truck Accident," North Dakota Motor Carriers Association, Fall 2008.

"What's it Worth? An Interactive Discussion Regarding Case Value and Resolution Strategy," EMC Insurance Companies, Fall 2009.

"Contractor Dispute Resolution," American Association of General Contractors, Spring 2010.

"Crash-Best Practices in Accident Reconstruction," ATA Litigation Center's 2014 Forum for Motor Carrier General Counsel, July 2014

Representative / Published Cases

Manitoba Public Ins. Corp. v. Dakota Fire Ins. Co., 743 N.W.2d 788 (N.D. 2007)

Sauby v. City of Fargo, 747 N.W.2d 65 (N.D. 2008)

Kappenman v. Klipfel, 765 N.W.2d 716 (N.D. 2009)

Gravalin v. Reliance Standard Life Ins., 592 F.Supp.2d 1184 (D.N.D. 2009)

Moore v. American Family Mut. Ins. Co., 576 F.3d 781 (8th Cir. 2009)

Kronberg v. Oasis Petroleum North America, LLC, et. al., 831 F.3d 1043 (8th Cir. 2016)

Publications

Criminal Law-Sentencing and Punishment: The United States Supreme Court Defines what Constitutes a "Crime": Harris v. United States, 536 U.S. 545 (2002). 79 N.D. L. Rev. 391

Community Involvement

Junior Achievement of America, Volunteer Teacher

Chamber of Commerce Mock Trial Program, Volunteer

West Fargo High School Career Day, Volunteer

Delta Waterfowl Committee, Four-Curl Chapter, Member

Guest speaker for Aackers Business College, NDSU Pre-Law Club, and Political Science 230, NDSU