Rob was born and raised in Peoria, where he attended Notre Dame High School. He received his bachelor degree at the University of Illinois in 2005 as a James Scholar, with a major in political science and minors in anthropology and philosophy. Law school followed at St. Louis University School of Law, where he was on the trial team and served as Vice President of the Student Bar during his second and third years. Prior to graduating there in 2009, he worked at the Missouri Attorney General helping prosecute child sex crimes and the St. Louis Public Defender’s Office defending felony crimes.
Rob became licensed to practice law in Illinois in 2009. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys, one of only approximately 340 attorneys in the U.S. and Canada. According to their website, members are experts in the complexities of adoption law and the variety of interstate and international regulations surrounding adoption*, and must maintain their practice according to the highest standards of ethics, competence and professionalism. Rob is also a member of the Peoria County Bar Association, chairing and assisting in a number of committees; the American Bar Association; and a Barrister in the American Inns of Court. He is licensed in Federal Court as a CJA Panel Attorney, in which he is appointed by the court to work on complex criminal litigation involving multiple defendants.
Rob’s profile on Super Lawyers can be found here. You can find him in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys’ directory search here. The National Trial Lawyers named Rob to the Top 100 in 2015 and 2016. As of 2016, he is one of six attorneys in Peoria under 40 to be named to both Super Lawyers’ and Leading Lawyers’ lists. Leading Lawyers profiled Rob and Drew Parker as father and son in 2015, and the Leading Lawyers article can be found here. Rob is also named an Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network, and you can see that profile by clicking here (Leading Lawyers). For the inaugural under-40 edition of Leading Lawyers, they featured Rob and profiled him in a 3-page article that we reprinted for online formatting here (click).
He also is a licensed DCFS Panel Attorney, which means he handles adoptions of children out of foster care and helps adoptive parents complete state monetary subsidies for those adoption placements. Rob has handled trials in both federal and state court, and appeals in the Third District Appellate Court. These cases have included many large divorces, contested adoptions, murder and methamphetamine manufacturing, and international child abduction under the Hague Convention, as well as a nursing home case that reportedly settled for the highest amount in Knox County. One of Rob’s recent oral arguments to the Appellate Court can be heard here (click).
(*The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law, and the recognition is not required to practice law in Illinois.)
Periodically Rob goes onto Avvo.com, where he has a “Superb: 10.0” rating, and answers questions posted by Illinois and local visitors. Here are some of the answers he’s given to questions posted on that site about Adoption, Family Law, and Nursing Home Neglect: