Robert grew up in Wisconsin near the shore of Lake Michigan. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1994. In 1996, Robert completed a master’s degree with an emphasis in urban planning from the La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduation, he coordinated a winning state election campaign before becoming a land-use planner for the State of Wisconsin, where he served in several roles advising both local and state officials on urban growth issues.
Since graduating from Marquette University Law School in 2006, Robert has focused his legal practice on land use, environmental, and municipal issues. He has thirteen years of litigation experience. Robert has also published several articles in law journals, and was an editor of Volume Six of the Washington Real Property Deskbook Series (4th ed.).
Robert has worked on cases involving takings and inverse condemnation, permit issuance regulations, street access, nuisance claims, personal injury, contracts, sewer blockage, public records, open public meetings, water rights, municipal annexations, municipal incorporations, stormwater, employment, Land Use Petition Act, Clean Water Act, public construction bid disputes, administrative law matters, and many related state and federal claims, such as procedural and substantive due process, free speech, and equal protection. He has also drafted contracts, ordinances and resolutions, and worked on issues related to excise taxes, impact fees, sewer service plan amendments, interlocal agreements, right-of-way permits, and right-of-way vacations.
Robert is admitted to practice law in Washington, Wisconsin, the U.S. District Courts of Eastern and Western Washington, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Robert lives in Bellevue with his wife, Rachael Wyman, a cardiologist, and their son. His recent volunteer work includes serving four years (2015-19) on the board of trustees of The Little School, an independent pre-K through elementary school in Bellevue, and several years organizing and coaching youth basketball and ultimate frisbee teams. He enjoys playing the trombone in a community band, watching the teams of his alma maters, cheering the Packers and Seahawks, traveling, skiing, and spending time with his family.