Rob graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in philosophy. He obtained his law degree from the University of California, Davis, School of Law in 1994 where he was a Staff Editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review. During law school he worked with the Yolo County Public Defender Agency and the California Department of Consumer Affairs in Sacramento.
After graduating from law school, he moved to Alaska to join the firm of Middleton & Timme, P.C., where he became a partner. At Middleton & Timme, his practice emphasized complex litigation in both state and federal courts, involving topics such as ANCSA, public land laws, education, constitutional law, corporate law, and breach of contract. He served as one of the lead trial attorneys for the plaintiffs in Moore v. State of Alaska, a lawsuit brought by students, parents, school districts, and education organizations against the State of Alaska seeking to enforce the State’s constitutional obligation to provide all children with an adequate education.
In 2007, after twelve years with Middleton & Timme, Rob left the firm to form Sato & Sato with his wife, Jeannie. At Sato & Sato, he has expanded his litigation practice to include divorce, custody and other family law matters. He also takes great pleasure in serving as counsel to several Alaska Native villages.
Since joining Sato & Sato, Rob has completed the Mayor’s Marathon (four times), performed on stage with his daughters in an Alaska Theatre of Youth production, and coached his son’s little league team.
Rob is admitted to practice in Alaska, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, and is inactive in California. He is a member of the Alaska Native Law Section and the Family Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association.
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