Civil trials and appeals; environmental, water, energy and land-use law; eminent domain; matters before the Vermont Public Service Board; advising tax-exempt organizations and municipalities; mediation and arbitration.
Managing director of Witten, Woolmington, Campbell & Bernal, P.C.
Education: Colgate University (B.A., magna cum laude); Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude). Phi Beta Kappa.
Professional and service positions: Chair, Vermont Community Foundation, 2008-2010. Chair, Castanea Foundation, 2006-2008. Chair, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, 1987-1994. President, The Fund for North Bennington, Inc. 1992-. Early Neutral Evaluator, United States District Court, District of Vermont, 1998-. Member, State Panel of Preliminary Evaluators, 2003-. Administrative Law Officer for Vermont Secretary of State, 1997-2001. Associate Member, Vermont Board of Bar Examiners, 1991-1993. Moderator, North Bennington Graded School District, Inc. 1993-. Fellow, New England Foundation for the Arts, 1996-1997.
Recent cases: In December 2013, a Vermont Superior Court jury awarded a verdict of $1 million to Rob's clients in an appeal of an eminent domain taking by the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB). The PSB had awarded only $25,000. Press story here.
In March 2014, the Vermont Supreme Court upheld a trial judgment in favor of Rob's client in a complex property law case. The Court rejected the claims of neighbors who sought to block creation of a public recreation path on a former railroad right of way. Supreme Court decision here. Rob's brief here.
Court admissions: Admitted to practice before all Vermont courts; United States District Court, District of Vermont; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States Supreme Court.
Prior academic positions: Visiting Lecturer in Environmental Studies, Williams College; Instructor in Business Law, Vermont Community College.