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Rob is the global chair of Reed Smith’s Emerging Technologies practice, a group that includes more than 200 lawyers supporting clients in data privacy, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, adtech, fintech, data governance, digital health, tech transactions, outsourcing, and tech/data disputes and investigations.

Rob’s practice focuses on matters at the intersection of privacy, marketing, and intellectual property. He has extensive experience advising consumer brands, agencies, content creators, and publishers on privacy and marketing regulatory compliance, the protection and commercialization of their creative properties, and litigation risk avoidance in connection with data privacy, intellectual property and emerging technologies.

Recognized as a “Client Service All-Star” (BTI Consulting Group), Rob is a trusted business advisor working closely with clients to protect their data and creative advantages in the following areas:


  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, B.A.

  • Illinois
  • Tennessee

  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois

  • Board of Directors, Lawyers for the Creative Arts
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Former Adjunct Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Former Co-Chair of the Internet and Privacy Subcommittee of the IP Litigation Committee, American Bar Association
  • Former Chair of the Trademark Transactions Committee, former Vice Chair of the Trademark Litigation and Trademark Legislation Committees, and former Annual Review Vice Chair (Copyright Division), American Bar Association
  • Former member, Internet Committee and GAC Subcommittee, International Trademark Association (INTA)

Awards & Recognition

  • Ranked in Chambers USA for Nationwide Advertising: Transactional and Regulatory and for Illinois Media & Entertainment: Transactional, 2023-2024
  • Named a “Best Lawyer” in Privacy and Data Security Law, by The Best Lawyers in America (2020 - 2024)
  • Named in The Legal 500 US in Cyber Law, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2019-2020)
  • Recommended in World Trademark Review 1000 United States - Illinois (2020-2021), WTR is part of The IP Media Group
  • Named a “Client Service All-Star” by BTI Consulting Group (2018)