Rob became licensed to practice law in Illinois in 2009. Since 2015, he is a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.
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 has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star since 2015, which recognizes no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Illinois. Also in 2015 Leading Lawyers profiled Rob and Drew Parker’s law practice as a father-son duo. Rob has been named an Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network, being featured in 2016 as “Peoria’s Savvy Adoption and Family Law Counselor.
” That year he was one of six attorneys in Peoria under 40 to be named to both Super Lawyers’ and Leading Lawyers’ lists. Rob is involved with the Peoria County Bar Association, chairing and assisting in a number of committees; the American Bar Association; a Barrister in the American Inns of Court; and 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 appeals and trials, 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.
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. (*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.)
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