Rob Wise focuses his practice on appeals and advanced motions, product liability defense, and complex commercial litigation, including class and mass actions.
As a founding member of the firm's Appellate and Advanced Motions practice group, Rob serves in that role on several high-profile class and mass actions, including in ongoing alleged football-concussion-injury litigation, nationwide automotive and vehicle putative class actions, and medical device class and mass actions, coordinating the briefing and legal-issues strategy for those cases. He has also handled appeals before all levels of appellate courts in Virginia in both civil and administrative proceedings and has been involved in appeals throughout the country as lead appellate counsel, on-brief author, and off-brief legal strategy consultant. He also works on appeals from the amicus perspective, both authoring amicus briefs as well as working with industry and advocacy groups to promote client interests and positions.
Rob works closely with businesses to develop global strategies on difficult issues that can raise broader, company-wide concerns. His trial-motions support includes posturing, arguing, and preserving issues for possible appeal. He is involved in developing legal strategy and motions practice for several high-profile class actions for a variety of clients involving a wide range of products. His product liability work focuses primarily on representing manufacturers and businesses in catastrophic personal-injury matters nationwide.
Rob is active in several legal and professional organizations, including DRI and its Appellate Advocacy Committee and Class Action Seminars, as well as the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, for which he served on the board for several years. He is also a regular author and presenter on a variety of topics of interest to his clients at state and national conferences and seminars.