Robert A. Lewis is a trial lawyer whose complex commercial litigation practice emphasizes financial institutions litigation, software litigation, professional liability defense, unfair competition and trade secrets litigation, and insurance. Bob has represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials in federal and state courts in California and in other states, as well as in numerous arbitrations. Chambers USA noted that Bob’s clients say, "His key strengths are his extensive trial experience, his creative approach to litigation strategy and the practical nature of his legal advice." The Legal 500 cited clients’ observations that Bob makes “fine oral arguments” and is an “excellent cross-examiner."
Bob's complex commercial litigation practice is wide ranging and includes a defense verdict in a jury trial seeking damages under the earn-out provision of an acquired high-tech company and a defense judgment in a jury trial seeking damages from the denial of stock options.
In the area of financial institutions litigation, Bob represents clients in an array of matters. Examples include the successful arbitration of claims for undisclosed fees and obtaining summary judgment on a claim arising from improper pension plan disbursements.
In software litigation, Bob represents clients in disputes over software implementation and integration, including claims relating to huge enterprise resource planning (ERP) installations. He has successfully defended claims of improper implementations by both businesses and government entities.
In the area of professional liability defense, Bob represents software integrators, lawyers, insurance and reinsurance brokers, actuaries, and other professionals in malpractice actions, including a defense jury verdict on a reinsurance intermediary malpractice claim and a defense verdict on a malpractice claim against ERISA actuaries.
Regarding unfair competition and trade secrets, Bob's accomplishments include a defense verdict in an eight-week jury trial on claims of alleged secret rebates, the successful arbitration of a claim for alleged misappropriation of software trade secrets, and the coordination of multistate litigation to prevent the theft of trade secrets by competitive hirings from a client.
Bob has also litigated and provided counseling in virtually every facet of insurance law. Chambers USA noted that clients respect Bob's “superior knowledge of how the [insurance] industry works.”
Bob is also an experienced appellate lawyer, having briefed numerous appellate matters and argued more than a dozen times in the Ninth and Tenth Circuits and the California Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.
Obtained a defense verdict in a two-week arbitration on claims against a financial institution that it improperly retained more than $25 million in undisclosed fees
Obtained a defense verdict in a three-week jury trial on claims against a reinsurance intermediary for professional negligence seeking more than $33 million
Obtained a defense verdict in a two-month arbitration on claims of trade secret violations relating to ERP software and seeking $400 million
Obtained judgment for defendants in a two-week jury trial seeking millions in damages for denial of stock options
Obtained a defense verdict in a three-week jury trial on claims of fraud and breach of contract and seeking more than $25 million stemming from an earn-out provision in the acquisition of a high-tech company
Obtained a multimillion-dollar verdict in a jury trial on behalf of a bankruptcy trustee seeking insurance benefits for a debtor
Obtained a defense verdict in a bench trial on claims of professional negligence against ERISA actuaries seeking more than $10 million stemming from alleged under-reserving of a pension plan
Obtained a plaintiff verdict in a bench trial on behalf of a corporation against a former employee who had engaged in kickback schemes with vendors
Represented a software integrator in the successful defense of claims of malpractice in an ERP implementation seeking more than $100 million
Represented a corporation in litigation brought in numerous states to curtail the concerted effort of a competitor to obtain trade secrets by hiring the corporation’s employees
Obtained a defense verdict in an eight-week jury trial on antitrust claims alleging secret discounts and seeking more than $40 million
Harvard Law School, J.D.
University of IllinoisUrbana-Champaign, B.A., summa cum laude
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Eastern District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US District Court for the District of Colorado
US District Court for the District of Utah
Awards and Affiliations
Recognized, Top Labor & Employment Attorneys in California, The Daily Journal (2019)
Client Service All-Star, BTI Consulting Group (2018)
Recognized, Northern California, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers (2004, 2008–2022)
Recognized, Business Litigation, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition (2010–2022)
Ranked, Insurance: Insurer Firms (California), Chambers USA (2009–2016)
Recommended, Antitrust, The Legal 500 (2012)
Member, American Bar Association, Litigation and Tort and Insurance Practice Sections