Robert’s practice includes representing clients small and large in the prosecution of domestic and international patent-related matters in the pharmaceutical, life science, medical diagnostic and chemical arts. Robert’s practice also includes infringement and validity analyses, due diligence analyses of patent portfolios involved in mergers and acquisitions in addition to the advising and drafting of intellectual property (IP) agreements. 

Before joining Shook, Robert worked at an IP-focused law firm in the area, and before that, clerked for the University of Kansas Center for Technology Commercialization, where he performed prior art searches and drafted patentability opinions and licensing agreements. 

Robert has more than nine years of research experience, including as a postdoctoral researcher at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research where he performed biochemical research on the relationship between eukaryotic gene expression and mitosis. As a graduate student, Robert performed biochemical and biophysical research on a number of macromolecular complexes.


RNA Polymerase II Mutations Conferring Defects in Poly(a) Site Cleavage and Termination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, February 2013 (with C.E. Kubicek, S. Takayama and D.K. Hawley).

Acetylation of the SUN Protein Mps3 by Eco1 Regulates its Function in Nuclear Organization, Molecular Biology of the Cell, July 2012 (with S. Ghosh, J.M. Gardner, C.J. Smoyer, J.M. Friedrichs, J.R. Unruh, B.D. Slaughter, R. Alexander, K.K. Lee, J.L. Workman and S.L. Jaspersen).