Robert B. Gilmore Partner
Robert Gilmore is a partner specializing in complex commercial, securities, and shareholder litigation. He has represented a number of major companies in a wide range of industries, including construction, petrochemicals, finance, banking, insurance services, and government IT contracting. Mr. Gilmore has litigated in federal and state courts across the United States, as well as in a number of private arbitrations involving breach of contract, securities, fiduciary duty, RICO and commercial tort claims. In addition, Mr. Gilmore has maintained an active pro bono practice, representing clients in suits brought against public accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, family law proceedings and in nonprofit formation counseling.
Prior to joining Stein Mitchell Beato & Missner LLP, Robert was a litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Honors & Awards
BTI All-Star MVP (2016); BTI All-Star (2015). BTI is the only independently researched, client-driven ranking of attorneys.
SuperLawyers® Rising Star, Washington, D.C. (2014, 2015, and 2016)
Expert Network Distinguished© Lawyer Designation (2015)
Recipient, Outstanding Service Award (2012-13) from Washington Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights, for pro bono representation of the Equal Rights Center in litigation against Filene’s Basement under the Americans with Disabilities Act and D.C. Human Rights Act.
- Commercial Arbitration Matter: Trial counsel for leading engineering, procurement and construction contractor in a large commercial arbitration involving claims of over $1 billion brought by leading energy utility company regarding a $3.5 billion power plant project. Secured complete defense award for client after arbitration hearing conducted over two months.
- 4DD Holdings, LLC v. United States (Court of Federal Claims): Counsel for software company in largest ever copyright infringement suit against the United States government.
- UMG Recordings, Inc., et al. v. Grande Communications Networks, LLC (Western District of Texas): Counsel for leading music recording companies in large-scale copyright infringement suit against an internet service provider.
- John C. Depp II, et al. v. Bloom Hergott (Los Angeles County Superior Court): Counsel for the actor Johnny Depp in legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty suit against his former entertainment lawyers. Obtained judgment on the pleadings in Mr. Depp’s favor on defendants’ counterclaims; case is pending.
- Commercial Arbitration Matter: Counsel for leading financial technology venture capital firm, in a breach of contract and trade secret dispute with its former chief executive officer. After obtaining favorable rulings on initial dispositive motions and evidence preservation forensic discovery of our opponent, secured settlement on highly favorable terms: our opponent had initiated arbitration seeking more than $22 million, but ended up agreeing to pay our client $1 million.
- Counsel for Virtus Pharmaceuticals, LLC in a suit alleging theft of trade secrets, unfair trade practices, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference, and breach of contract claims against a competitor as well as former Virtus employees. Achieved a successful outcome for our clients.
- Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC v. Simmonds (In re Section 16(b) Litigation) (U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit and E.D. Wash.): secured dismissal of Exchange Act Section 16(b) derivative complaints targeting ten underwriters, including client Morgan Stanley & Co., and issuers of 54 initial public offerings. The court of appeals reversed and affirmed in part. Successfully obtained certiorari review by the Supreme Court, and secured the Supreme Court's reversal of the court of appeals. Following remand to the district court, plaintiff dismissed all 54 of the cases.
- SRA International Inc. Shareholder Litigation (Del. Ch. and E.D. Va.): secured full summary judgment on behalf of SRA and its board of directors in shareholder litigation challenging SRA's acquisition by Providence Equity Partners. Successfully defended plaintiff’s appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, obtaining affirmance of the Court of Chancery’s judgment on all grounds. Successfully defended plaintiff's request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the consummation of the merger, allowing the transaction to close.
- Republic of Iraq v. ABB AG, et al. (S.D.N.Y.): secured dismissal with prejudice on behalf of 92 defendants, including client Siemens subsidiaries, in $10 billion suit concerning civil RICO and other claims by the Republic of Iraq arising from the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program. Successfully defended plaintiff’s appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, obtaining affirmance of the district court’s dismissal.
- Etkin & Company, Inc. v. SBD, LLC, et al. (S.D. Fla.): secured dismissal on behalf of SBD Holdings Group Corp., the owner of the South Beach Diet business, in breach of contract case brought by a former advisor to the business's prior owner and founder, Etkin & Company, Inc. (“ECI”), seeking money damages and rescission of the transaction through which SBD Holdings acquired The South Beach Diet business. The federal district court for the Southern District of Florida found for SBD Holdings on all counts, and dismissed it from the case.
- Commercial Arbitration Matter: Counsel for coal-fired power plant emissions technology company and affiliated joint venture in AAA arbitration concerning misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and related claims, and civil RICO claims; resolved through settlement after 20-day evidentiary hearing.
- Commercial Arbitration Matter: Counsel for major petrochemical producer in AAA arbitration concerning the valuation of a large petrochemical plant; after 10-day evidentiary hearing, arbitration panel rejected opposing party’s claim for over $100 million.
- Perini Corporation Securities and Shareholder Litigation (D. Mass and Mass. Sup. Ct.): counsel for Perini Corporation and its directors in federal and state court litigation arising coincident with Perini's merger with Tutor - Saliba, Inc. Secured dismissal of federal securities action alleging 1934 Act Section 10(b) and 20 violations; the plaintiffs took no appeal. In the Massachusetts state court merger litigation, a shareholder class action suit sought to enjoin the merger. After an evidentiary hearing, the state court denied the shareholders' motion for preliminary injunction and later dismissed the case on its merits.
- In re Flag Telecom Holding Ltd. Sec. Litig. and Rahl v. Bande (S.D.N.Y.): secured dismissal of securities and common law claims against client Verizon relating to bankrupt fiber-optic cable telecommunications entity; plaintiffs did not pursue appeals against Verizon.
- Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. Shareholder Litigation (Okla. Dist. Ct.): counsel for MidOcean Partners L.P. and its affiliates in litigation brought by shareholders of Pre-Paid Legal Services in connection with MidOcean's acquisition of Pre-Paid. Successfully reached class settlement that allowed transaction to close.
- Accredited Home Lenders Merger Litigation (Cal. Sup. Ct.): counsel for Accredited in responding to a shareholder challenge of the company's decision to sell itself to a private equity concern. The shareholder claimed that a Special Committee of the Board of Directors breached its fiduciary duties. The merger was consummated and the case has been dismissed.
- Nationwide Insurance - Hurricane Katrina Litigation: participated as coordinating national counsel representing Nationwide in numerous Hurricane Katrina-related cases. Successfully resolved all cases through summary judgment, dismissal or settlement without a single adverse judgment or verdict.
- Defense of, and settlement on favorable terms for, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in life insurance sales practices class action; and successfully represented Thrivent in arbitration of 275 class action opt-out claims.
- FTC v. CompuCredit Corp. (N.D. Ga.) and FDIC v. CompuCredit Corp. (administrative proceeding): counsel for CompuCredit in suits brought by the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation concerning claims under the FTC Act and the FDIA.
- CompuCredit Corp. v. CB&T Co. and Synovus Corp. (Fulton Cty., Ga. State Ct.): counsel for CompuCredit as plaintiff in breach of contract suit concerning issuance of near-prime credit cards and participation in VISA and MasterCard initial public offerings. Reached settlement on favorable terms prior to trial.
Community & Professional Activities
Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Board of Directors, The EVAN Foundation (Evan’s Victory Against Neuroblastoma)
February 8, 2016
Jonathan E. Missner and Robert B. Gilmore represent Affinity Gaming in a lawsuit against Trustwave.Originally Published in The Hill
July 20, 2015
April 29, 2015
- District of Columbia Court of Appeals
- United States Supreme Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States District Court for the District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
The George Washington University Law School, J.D.
University of Maryland Baltimore County, B.A.