Overview

Before joining Taylor|Anderson, Rob was a Deputy District Attorney, first in Denver and then in Durango, Colorado. In that role, Rob litigated thousands of cases and tried more than 80 jury trials, which included securing hard fought convictions to First Degree Murder, Second Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, and Sexual Assault on a Child -- Pattern of Abuse. Rob can quickly evaluate cases and, because of his experience, enjoys handling cases from the initial investigatory stage, through discovery, and ultimately, to trial. At trial, Rob understands how juries work and knows how to utilize framing the facts to make the jury sympathetic to his clients' circumstances. Rob's trial experience allows him to concisely and accurately advise litigation clients.  

Experience

Representative Cases:

In the last year with the firm, Rob has secured three voluntary dismissals and three settlements for nuisance value. In a Fair Credit Reporting Act case in federal court, the filing of Rob’s motion for summary judgment and motion for sanctions caused Plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss the client from the lawsuit. In another federal court case on a fraud claim, Rob drafted a motion in limine explaining that a latent defect must be a physical condition on property, the Court agreed and granted the motion (Hardy v. Flood, 2019 WL 5092445, issued Oct. 11, 2019) which negated Plaintiffs’ theory of liability, and Plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. In a premises liability case in Colorado state court, Rob drafted a motion to dismiss based on the definition of “landowner” pursuant to C.R.S. § 13-21-115(1), and Plaintiff’s counsel agreed to voluntarily dismiss the lawsuit after reading the motion.

In an asbestos mitigation negligence claim in Colorado state court, Rob’s motion for summary judgment on the legal doctrine that an intentional tort by an employee is not imputed to the employer caused a Plaintiff to accept a low four-figure settlement within ninety minutes of being provided the motion (on a case that had languished for three years in court). In another Colorado premises liability case where injury occurred at a salvage yard, the Plaintiff accepted a settlement of less than $2,000 to avoid the possibility of the trial court granting a second motion to dismiss. In a bicycle-automobile accident lawsuit, a Plaintiff accepted a nuisance value settlement of less than $1,000 when confronted with proof problems.

People v. Martinez-Perez (La Plata County 17CR180). Represented the People of the State of Colorado. Over a two-week trial, examined 26 witnesses, including 6 expert witnesses across a range of fields, including pathology, toxicology, mobile forensics, domestic violence, and neuroscience. Secured convictions on all counts: First Degree Murder, Abuse of a Corpse, and Child Abuse x 3.

People v. Wright (La Plata County 17CR626). Represented the People of the State of Colorado. Over a one-week trial, examined 7 witnesses, including an expert in mobile forensics. The mobile forensics evidence included 44,000 short message service (sms) and multimedia messaging service (mms) texts. Secured convictions on all counts: Sexual Assault on a Child – Pattern; Sexual Exploitation of a Child x 3.

People v. Orndorff (La Plata County 16CR569), conviction aff’d by 18CA0089, July 2, 2020. Represented the People of the State of Colorado. Over a one-week trial, examined 4 witnesses. The evidence included hundreds of facebook messenger application text messages. Secured conviction on the sole count: Stalking.

Past Employment

6th Judicial District, District Attorney’s Office – Felony Deputy District Attorney

2nd Judicial District, Denver District Attorney’s Office – Deputy District Attorney

Personal Interests

Rob is an avid mountaineer and ultra-marathoner. He was the first person to hike Colorado's 100 highest mountains without a car, biking between mountain ranges (2100 miles, 300,000’ vertical gain, 70 days; to date, only two people have done this). He has been to the top of a Colorado 14er 362 times (there are 58). Rob has also summited Mt. Rainier (Washington State, 14,410’) via the Kautz glacier (Alaska Grade II/III); Iztaccihuatl (Mexico, 17,159’), Pico de Orizaba (Mexico, 18,490’), and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania, 19,341’). Rob also runs 100-mile ultramarathons. He finds that the challenges in the backcountry translate to the courtroom.

Education
  • University of Colorado Law School
    • J.D. - 2011
  • Northwestern University
    • B.A. - 2008
    • Major: Political Science
Bar Admission
  • Colorado
Clerkships

Judge Morris B. Hoffman, Denver District Court August 2011 to April 2013.

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