Rob’s entire practice has been focused on the transportation and logistics industry. He has tried more than 80 cases to jury verdict in federal and state courts and has decades of experience representing trucking companies, brokers, logistics companies and their insurance carriers in disputes involving:
commercial transportation accidents
federal and state safety regulations
insurance coverage disputes
For several insurance companies and regional and national motor carriers, Rob serves as national counsel managing active litigation in 20 to 30 states at any given time.
Rob has developed a team of lawyers versed in the world of freight claims. The terms Carmack Amendment, Himalaya Clause, and on-hand notice are nothing new here. Rob has also obtained acclaim in pursuing cases for his collection of freight charges from shippers, including government agencies.
Transportation contracting is an area where Rob concentrates on reviewing and drafting shipping contracts and tariffs. He has defended brokers in negligent selection cases and is on the forefront of arguments related to federal preemption. Broker liability cases are not unfamiliar territory. Rob has handled some of the most serious and noteworthy broker liability cases in the country.
One of Rob's assets is his ability to advise trucking companies on proactively assessing and addressing risk, both internally and externally, as well as planning for growth and development.
Independent contractors can be a troublesome area for motor carriers. Rob works with motor carriers to manage contractual relations and negotiate the Federal Regulations and decisions.
After law school, Rob clerked for Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. on the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.
Graduated first in his class from The Citadel with a 4.0 GPA
Graduated second in his class at University of South Carolina School of Law
Received five American Jurisprudence Awards (now CALI), University of South Carolina School of Law
Honors & Awards
Motor Carrier Insurance Education Foundation, Honorary Member
Transportation Lawyers Association's Distinguished Service Award, 2011
South Carolina SuperLawyers, Listed Transportation/Maritime (2009, 2011-2018)
Named Greenville Best Lawyers Law Lawyer of the Year, Insurance (2014), Personal Injury Litigation (2016)
Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants, more than 10 years
Recognized by Chambers and Partners, USA, as one of South Carolina Leaders, General Commercial Litigation (2014-2019)
Greenville Business Magazine awards
Legal Elite, Insurance (2013, 2015, 2016, 2018) o Legal Elite, Transportation (2013, 2015)
Best and Brightest Under 35 (1997)
Compleat Lawyer Award, University of South Carolina School of Law, 2001
Recognized by the South Carolina Trucking Association for efforts in protecting the interests of the Transportation Industry, 2004
American Trucking Association's Safety and Loss Prevention Council Outstanding Contribution Award, 2007
Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court, District of SC
American College of Transportation
Attorneys Past Chairman
Transportation Lawyers Association
South Carolina Trucking Association,
Board of Directors
American Trucking Association
Safety & Loss Prevention Management
SMC3~Education Advisory Committee
Conference of Freight Counsel
Association of Transportation
Motor Carrier Educational Foundation,
University of South Carolina School of Law, JD, Salutatorian
The Citadel - The Military College of South Carolina, BS Political Science, Valedictorian
Outside the Office
Rob and his wife Robin have seven children. They attend The Church at Cherrydale.