Robert was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served his country, was decorated, and honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. He attended the University of Minnesota, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, Sociology, and Rhetoric. Robert has been associated with such prestigious law firms as Dorsey & Whitney, Patterson, Thuente, Skaar & Christensen, and Barry & Slade, LLC, in a non-attorney capacity.
Robert attended California Western School of Law on an academic scholarship and is a licensed attorney admitted to the State Bar of Minnesota and the State Bar of California. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the San Diego County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Besides being admitted the State Bar of Minnesota and the State Bar of California, Robert is admitted to the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of California, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, the United States Distict Court for the Central District of California, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
As Robert has been heard to say, "there’s nobody in this country who got rich on his own."