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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.

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1997

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Education

  • University of Richmond, The T.C. Williams School of Law, J.D., 1997
    cum laude
    Champion, 1997 Judge John R. Brown National Admiralty Moot Court
    Best Petitioner's Brief, 1997 Judge John R. Brown National Admiralty
    Moot Court Board
  • University of Virginia, B.S., 1993
    Dean's List
    Major: Architecture

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
      —Appellate Advocacy Committee, Vice Chair
      —Class Action Seminar Planning Committee
      —Amicus Committee
    • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
      —Board of Directors, Past Member
      —Long Range Planning Committee
    • Virginia State Bar Association, 1997 - Present
      —Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, Past Faculty
      —Litigation Section, Appellate Practice Subcommittee
    • Richmond Bar Association

Distinctions

    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Virginia Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2018
      —Virginia Rising Stars, 2010

Recent Verdicts & Case Studies


CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • "Recall Fallout – How Your Recall Has Repercussions at Trial and Beyond," Product Liability Advisory Council Fall Conference, October 2016
  • “Supreme Court Allows Discharged Jury to be Re-Empaneled," Client Alert, Co-Author, June 2016
  • "Everything You Need To Know About Class Actions, But Were Afraid To Ask," Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, June 2016
  • "Developments in Vehicle Product Liability Class Actions," Client In-House Counsel Meeting, November 5, 2015
  • "Auto Product Cases Turned Into Class Action," DRI Strictly Automotive Seminar, November, 2015
  • "In-House Perspectives on Appellate Practice," DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Seminar, Moderator, July 2014
  • "Ethics in Amicus Representation," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Spring Meeting, Panelist, May 2014
  • "Funkhouser v. Ford & More," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Annual Meeting, Co-Presenter, October 2012
  • "Witness Preparation: Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Challenges: The Role of FRE 612 in Protecting Work Product," Strafford Publications Webinar, Presenter, July 2012 
  • "With Friends Like These:  Exploring the Ethics of Amicus Support," DRI Appellate Advocacy Seminar, Moderator/Co-Presenter, June 2012
  • "Automotive Preemption After Williamson," Bowman and Brooke Detroit Hot Topics, Presenter, February 2012
  • "Witness Preparation: Attorney-Client Privilege and Work Product Challenges: The Role of FRE 612 in Protecting Work Product," Strafford Publications Webinar, Presenter, July 2011
  • "Strategies at the Initial Pleadings Stage in Products Liability and Toxic Tort Cases," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Spring Meeting, Presenter, May 2011
  • "Recent Appellate Rules Amendments," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Teleconference Presenter, June 2010
  • "Beyond the 'Business Case': How to Customize Diversity Practices and Maximize Competitive Advantage," DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Webcast, Panelist, March 2010
  • "Narouz v. Charter Comm., LLC (9th Cir. Jan. 15, 2010) The Instant Impact on Litigators and the Effect of Settling with the Class Representative on the Appealability of Class Certification Denial," (with William F. Auther and Pamela J. Roberts), ExecSense Webinars, February 2010
  • "The Art of Persuasion: Effective Written Advocacy," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Meeting, Moderator, October 2008
  • "What General Counsel Wants in Outside Counsel," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys Annual Meeting, Moderator, October 2008
  • "Sometimes the Best Defense is a Good Offense: Use of Bell Atlantic, Inc. v. Twombly," Defense Research Institute Webconference, Moderator, August 2008
  • "Virginia Products Liability Law: Good News, Bad News," Virginia Manufacturers Association, Presenter, August 2008
  • "Effective Uses of Affirmative Defenses," Richmond Bar Association, Panelist, April 2007
  • "Failure to Warn in Virginia: Where We are and a Path to Consider Taking Together," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Presenter, October 2006
  • "Virginia State Bar Course on Professionalism," General Workshop and Intellectual Property Workshop Sessions, Virginia State Bar Association, Faculty, July 2006-July 2008
  • "Yes, Virginia, There is Accident Reconstruction Expert Testimony in this State," Bowman and Brooke In- House, Presenter, June 2006
  • "The Impact on Non-Settling Defendants of Stipulations in Releases Between Plaintiff and Co-Defendant," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Presenter, May 2006
  • "Spoliation Since Silvestri," Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Presenter, May 2004
  • "Are Your Contracts Working As Hard For You As They Should?," Remodelers Council of Home Builders Association of Virginia, Presenter, October 2001

Publications

  • "Supreme Court Allows Discharged Jury to be Re-Empaneled," Co-Author, Client Alert, June 2016
  • "Supreme Court Hands Defense A Narrow Class Action Win, But Declines To Require “Real World Injury” To Show Standing In Statutory Violation Cases," Co-Author, Client Alert, May 2016
  • "Supreme Court Declines Invitation to Reject the Use of Statistical Evidence in Class Actions," Co-Author, Client Alert, March 2016
  • "Supreme Court Holds Unaccepted Settlement Offer Cannot Moot Consumer Lawsuits," Co-Author, Client Alert, January 2016
  • “Emerging Trends in Class Action Lawsuits,” DRI Strictly Automotive Seminar, November 2015
  • “In-House Perspectives on Appellate Practice,” DRI Appellate Advocacy Committee Seminar, July 2014
  • "Airing Class Action Dirty Laundry In Washer Mold Cases," (with Ike Messmore), Law360, May 2013
  • "Mazza Not Wonderful Enough For Pom," (with Paul G. Cereghini), Law360, October 2012
  • "Supreme Court Year in Review," Co-Author, 22 J. Civil Litig. 561 (2011)
  • "For Kraft Foods, Equal Parts Diversity and Inclusion Make a Recipe for Success" (with Sandra Giannone Ezell and Andrea L. Moody), In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2010
  • "Nothing’s Over Until We Decide It Is - How Settling with Class Representatives Impacts Class-Certification Denial Appeals" (with William F. Auther), In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2010
  • "Supreme Court Year in Review," Co-Author, 22 J. Civ. Litig. 471 (2009)
  • "Fed. R. Evid. 612 - Use It or Lose It," Co-Author, In-House Defense Quarterly, Spring 2009
  • "To Object or Not to Object?: An Exception to the Contemporaneous-Objection Rule," Co-Author, Certworthy, Defense Research Institute's Appellate Advocacy Committee, Summer 2008
  • "Setoff in Tort Cases under Virginia Code Section 8.01-35.1 - For What, When, and for How Much?," The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Spring 2008
  • "Manufacturers Win Another Battle in the Preemption War," Common Law Journal Digest, February 2008
  • "Life After Benitez: Same As It Ever Was or A Brand New Day?," Virginia State Bar Litigation News, Summer 2007
  • "Spoliation After Silvestri: The Good, The Bad and The Sometimes Ugly," The Journal of Civil Litigation, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, Fall 2004

Recent Case Results

CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE.

  • Grodzitsky v. American Honda Motor Co., No. 2:12-cv-01142-SVW-PLAx, 2015 WL 2208184 (C.D. Cal. Apr. 22, 2015) 
  • DuRocher v. Nat'l Collegiate Athletic Ass'n, No. 1:13-CV-01570-SEB, 2015 WL 1505675 (S.D. Ind. Mar. 31, 2015) 
  • DuRocher v. Riddell, Inc., No. 1:13-CV-01570-SEB, 2015 WL 1505672 (S.D. Ind. Mar. 31, 2015)
  • In re Infusion Pump Cases, No. G048732 (Cal. App. 4th Mar. 2, 2015) (unpublished) 
  • Grodzitsky v. American Honda Motor Co., No. 2:12-cv-01142-SVW-PLAx, 2014 WL 718431 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 19, 2014) 
  • Grodzitsky v. American Honda Motor Co., No. 2:12-cv-01142-SVW-PLAx, 2013 WL 2631326 (C.D. Cal. June 12, 2013) 
  • Grodzitsky v. American Honda Motor Co., No. 2:12-cv-01142-SVW-PLAx 2013 WL 690822 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 19, 2013)