Rob is an accomplished, AV Preeminent peer-rated
litigation and trial attorney, formerly of New York based
Coudert Brothers LLP, where he served as regional
managing partner for Northern California, and Californiabased Hopkins & Carley ALC. Rob also has served as a
mediator, arbitrator, and settlement judge pro-tem for the
Santa Clara County Superior Court. Rob is also General
Counsel and Co-Owner of Christopher Ranch LLC, a
family-owned California farm business whose fresh garlic
products are a nationally recognized brand. He has spoken before numerous business groups and law firms on disruption and innovation in dispute resolution.
After three decades as a litigator, Rob came to recognize the need for innovation in our civil justice system, particularly in limited stakes cases which frequently cost more to litigate than they´re worth. Consequently, he founded Just Resolve to research, develop, and administer a neutral-driven, non-adversarial method of alternative dispute resolution. This method is the foundation of his new book, Just Right: How Neutral-Driven Resolution Can Close the Gap in American Civil Justice, available on Amazon and other online bookstores. In addition to serving on corporate and charitable boards, Rob is a member of Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO coaching and peer advisory organization for small and midsize business leaders. His active personal interests include tennis, performing in local civic theatres, mountain hiking, playing and singing music, travel, and loving his wife of 40+ years and his two grown sons and their families.
Rob earned an AB with Honors in Economics from Stanford University, and his JD from the University of California at Davis.