Overview

Bobby enjoys disentangling complex legal issues to find the best path forward for his clients.  He litigates high stakes commercial disputes, helps multinational corporations navigate environmental laws and regulations including RCRA, CERCLA, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, and works with closely held companies seeking to protect their intellectual property. Having represented both plaintiffs and defendants in environmental citizen suits, Bobby is skilled at the ins and outs of those proceedings. 

To each matter, Bobby brings his extensive experience, his dedication to attacking issues from every side, and his devotion to finding a beneficial outcome for his clients.

A fierce advocate for diversity in the legal profession, Bobby is an active member of Schiff Hardin’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and an outspoken advocate for marginalized groups. He is also a member of Schiff Hardin’s Law Student Recruitment Committee.

  • Experience

    • When the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit took on a case with potentially devastating repercussions for a client, Bobby was part of the Schiff Hardin team that crafted an amicus brief for the court. The brief focused the court’s attention on the injustice underlying the appellees’ positions and the dire consequences of acquiescing to the appellees’ requests.
    • Bobby represents clients in environmental citizen suits – actions brought by private citizens and organizations alleging violations of law – including ongoing litigation against a multinational organization to ensure investigation and, potentially, remediation of a future public park in Brooklyn, New York.
    • Bobby is always ready to negotiate on behalf of his clients. Bobby has extensive experience assisting clients in negotiating agreements to access private property to execute remedial efforts. These negotiations have included everything from simple access agreements to land purchases.
    • In his first year of practice, Bobby secured a favorable jury verdict for his pro bono client in a landlord-tenant dispute. This bitter dispute afforded Bobby the opportunity to single-chair a jury trial and develop invaluable experience in settlement negotiations, motion practice, oral arguments, and client counseling.
  • Credentials

    Education

    • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2014, cum laude
      Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, Member
      Teaching Assistant, Property
    • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., Spanish and Women, Gender & Sexuality, 2010, summa cum laude
      Phi Beta Kappa
    • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile - Santiago, Chile, Study Abroad Program, 2008

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

        Professional Memberships

        • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Pathfinder (2020)

        Teaching Appointments

        • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy – Northwestern University (2021-present)
      • Insights

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        News Release

        Four Schiff Lawyers Join LCLD 2020 Leadership Programs

        Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that four attorneys have been selected for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2020 leadership programs.

        Blog Post

        Advocacy Groups Have a New Opening to Enforce the CWA When States Do Not Act

        Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

        Blog Post
        News Release

        Schiff Secures Rare Evidentiary Hearing for Pro Bono Client in Post-Conviction Petition

        Schiff successfully secured an evidentiary hearing on a post-conviction petition filed on behalf of our pro bono client, who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2014 and sentenced to a 55-year imprisonment.

        Blog Post

        WOTUS Wars: New Lessons from the Seventh Circuit

        Schiff Hardin Energy & Environmental Law Adviser

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Represents Central Steel in Acquisition by Ryerson

        Schiff is representing Central Steel & Wire Company, a leading metal service center with a strong reputation as a valued supply chain partner.

        News Release

        Schiff Hardin Secures LGBT Victory for Civil Unions in Illinois

        Schiff Hardin played a pivotal role in an Illinois Court of Appeals dismissal of an appeal by bed and breakfast owners seeking to justify their discrimination by religious beliefs against a gay couple interested in using the facility for a civil union ceremony.

        Article

        Recent Developments in Toxic Tort & Environmental Law

        Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal

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        Recent Developments in Toxic Tort & Environmental Law

        Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal

      • Citizenship

        Pro Bono Activities

         

        Recognizing the privilege of a legal education, pro bono work has been a crucial element of Bobby’s practice. Recent pro bono work includes:

         

        • Representing LGBTQ+ foster children in litigation against the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services.
        • Representing clients through the Northwestern University Center on Wrongful Convictions. Bobby represented clients at the Center first as a law student, then as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow after graduation, and now as an attorney at Schiff Hardin.
        • Obtaining a significant monetary judgment on behalf of two men denied a civil union venue on the basis of their sexual orientation.
        • Co-chairing Schiff Hardin’s Chicago Volunteer Legal Services clinic, ensuring legal services access to low income individuals across Chicago.
        • Securing Social Security disability benefits for a client whose request for benefits had been denied multiple times before Bobby took on his case.

        Civic and Charitable Memberships

         

        As the Vice President of the ACLU of Illinois’ junior board, the Next Generation Society, Bobby works to ensure the next generation of leaders is educated on the ACLU’s mission and engaged in the fight to promote and protect civil liberties.

      Energy and Environmental Law Adviser

      Advocacy Groups Have a New Opening to Enforce the CWA When States Do Not Act

      A district court judge adopted the rarely applied “constructive submission” doctrine, which could ultimately give advocacy groups leverage over states that ignore Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements. This decision may embolden advocacy groups and comes at a time when, as noted in previous posts on this blog, enforcement actions brought by public citizens continue to grow as... Continue Reading

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