Carson-Newman College, B.A., 1972
Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., 1975
Robert is a native Tennessean. He was born in Kingston, Tennessee. Following graduation from Vanderbilt Law School, he was asked by the Dean of the law school to stay on as an instructor in its clinical program. Robert remained at Vanderbilt Law School as a clinical instructor during the academic year 1975 through August, 1976. In August of 1976, Robert accepted an instructor and staff attorney’s position in the criminal clinical program at the University of Tennessee Law School.
Robert continued as a clinical instructor at the University of Tennessee Law School until he was hired as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Tennessee in August, 1977. While in the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, he worked in the criminal division on criminal appeals in the state courts and also was responsible for the State of Tennessee’s representation in major civil litigation in state and federal courts.
In the spring of 1979, Robert commenced the private practice of law in Nashville, Tennessee. Over the years, his practice has included the representation of individuals, small businesses, The Tennessean, Fortune 400 and 500 media companies on employment and circulation issues, interstate construction companies, an international union and non-union employee associations. He has also represented white collar individuals and political figures in federal criminal prosecutions.
Robert’s present practice focuses primarily on general civil litigation, including commercial law, property law, employment law and liable and slander issues. He has extensive experience in trials and appeals in the state and federal courts.
He holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He became a member of Tune, Entrekin & White, P.C. in August, 2010.
He is the father of two sons who are married. His youngest son is in his second year of law school at the University of Illinois Law School at Urbana-Champaign.
Robert is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in Tennessee and in all of the following federal courts: United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He has appeared on behalf of clients in various state and federal courts on a pro hac vice basis. He served as a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the Middle District of Tennessee from the time of its creation through the mid to late 1990’s.