Rob has headed the firm’s environmental law and land use practice since 1991. He works on a wide range of environmental and land use matters, including regulatory compliance, hazardous waste litigation, Superfund matters, air, water and wetlands issues, enforcement proceedings, and resolving environmental issues in corporate and real estate transactions. Rob’s practice also includes a broad spectrum of civil litigation matters, including personal injury, insurance loss recovery, eminent domain, employment discrimination, and breach of contract cases, among others.
Rob began his legal career at the Boston law firm of Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett, where he was an associate attorney in the litigation department from 1981 to 1986, focusing on civil litigation, environmental and health law. From 1986 to1991 he served as Deputy General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), concentrating primarily on environmental matters. During his tenure at the MDPH, Rob represented the MDPH on the Special Legislative Commission on Liability for Releases of Oil and Hazardous Materials and on the Interagency Committee on Occupational Health Surveillance, and became a member of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Lead Poisoning Task Force.
Since joining Egan, Flanagan & Cohen in 1991, Rob has successfully represented numerous individuals, corporations and nonprofit organizations in a variety of matters. In 2013 Rob obtained a $500,000 settlement for an engineer injured at a job site, a $500,000 settlement for the owner of property contaminated with gasoline by an oil company, and a $50.4 million reference award that led to a $62 million settlement for a nonprofit in a claim against its insurer for property damage resulting from a tornado. In 2014 Rob obtained a $29.4 million recovery for a nonprofit from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for uninsured tornado damage. In 2015 Rob obtained a $691,000 settlement for the owner of a newly built mausoleum for breach of the construction contract, and a settlement for a client whose commercial property had been contaminated with solvents, heavy metals and PCBs that included a $2.5 million cash payment, plus the cost to remediate the property to achieve a Permanent Solution without an Activities and Use Limitation, estimated at the time of settlement to be $1 million to $4 million.