Robert is a Shareholder in the firm's Litigation Group. His primary practice areas include commercial litigation, corporate compliance, cybersecurity, governmental relations and corporate investigations. He was formerly a prosecutor with the Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office.
Robert has provided compliance-related services and training to over 300 businesses around the country. He has defended businesses against consumer claims, class action lawsuits, and provided representation in connection with government agency inquiries and investigations and conducts internal investigations. Robert works extensively with automobile dealerships in Florida and throughout the country on proactive compliance and litigation in areas including sales, F&I, advertising, recalls, warranty audits, TCPA, ADA, accounting and pay plan disputes. He led the effort to modify the Florida LAW RISC to include the Seller’s Right to Cancel language and incorporate the conditional delivery form into the RISC.
Robert assists clients from a variety of sectors in navigating responses to data breaches and cyber and ransomware attacks, including: initial assessment, response options, liaison with law enforcement, asset recovery, customer notice, interaction with third-party resources, and litigation. Robert understands the time-sensitive nature surrounding data breaches and cyber-attacks and is responsive and available to assist at all hours. Clients represented include those in: financial services, retail, restaurant groups, manufacturing, sales, automobile dealerships, law firms, and individuals. See link to a recent case dismissal and link to a Wall Street Journal article.
He also assists businesses in procurement matters and bid protests and has handled protests for clients against Florida state agencies, counties, cities, school boards and a state judicial circuit.
Robert is a frequent speaker on compliance-related topics to industry groups and associations. He has hosted a number of compliance programs on topics including: “Recalls,” “Conducting Business with Senior Citizen Customers,” “Advertising,” “Employee Theft,” "Addressing Protests and Employee Safety on your Property," and "Cybersecurity Threats & Data Breaches: How to Prepare, Protect and Respond."
Active in many community concerns, Robert is past chair of the Board of Metropolitan Ministries, the area’s most comprehensive program providing self-sufficiency training to the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in the Tampa community. He is a member of the Tampa Police Citizens Review Board and a Board Member and on the Capital Campaign Committee for Meals on Wheels of Tampa. He and his wife mentor local teens and work with and support a number of initiatives on behalf of teens and young adults.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Robert A. Shimberg