Biography

With experience advising retail energy providers, counseling non-profits, advocating for customers, and negotiating disputes between utilities, Robert has built a comprehensive practice focused on serving clients with a variety of Energy + Environmental needs.

Public Utilities

Because of his knowledge of regulations and policies governing public electric and gas utilities, and relationships within the industry and at the PUCO, Robert is able to cost-effectively address a variety of needs for a diverse group of clients. Robert focuses on matters related to regulatory proceedings at the PUCO. He counsels retail energy providers, utility customers, natural gas utilities, non-profit environmental organizations, and clean energy businesses on a variety of matters relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, rate design, retail certification and compliance concerns, and issues at the Ohio Power Siting Board.

Litigation

Robert regularly participates in multi-party litigation before the PUCO, including matters such as complex rate cases, implementing Ohio’s energy efficiency and renewable energy requirements, and designing electric security plans. He has also negotiated disputes and asset transfers between natural gas utilities, individuals and their utility, and argued issues regarding the abandonment of natural gas service before the Ohio Supreme Court.

In addition to energy litigation, Robert has represented both residential and commercial tenants and landlords, secured judgments in commercial litigation, successfully defended clients against banks, secured a reversal in Federal Appeals Court, and argued real property and contract issues before Ohio’s Eleventh District Court of Appeals.

Government Affairs

Robert understands that an effective Public Utilities practice requires advocating for your clients not just at the PUCO but also at the Statehouse. Robert keeps his clients informed of the legislative issues that could impact them and meets with legislators on the client’s behalf. Robert works within the firm’s legislative practice area to create a comprehensive strategy designed to meet clients’ objectives. 

Practice Areas

Education

  • Capital University Law School (J.D., 2014)
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., 2011)

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association, member
  • Columbus Bar Association, member