Rob has more than 25 years of experience advising financial institutions on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, recapitalizations, and contract negotiations. Clients have commented that Rob is personable, efficient, strategic, and committed to his clients’ success.

Rob is a co-chair of BFKN’s Financial Institutions Group. Rob focuses his practice on serving financial institutions in all their corporate needs, including advising them on their strategic transactions, general contracts, corporate governance, and their continued compliance with federal and state securities laws, reporting under the Securities Exchange Act. Rob has been fortunate enough to develop deep relationships with the clients he serves and has represented many of those clients as outside counsel for over a decade.

Rob is an adjunct professor in banking law at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.  He was an adjunct professor of securities law in the graduate program in financial services law at the Chicago Kent College of Law for five years. Rob is also a frequent speaker in the financial institutions and securities law areas to trade associations and professionals.



  • State of Illinois


  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1998
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1995




Speaking Engagements



  • Best Lawyer, The Best Lawyers in America© (2021-2024)
    • Financial Services Regulation Law
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  • Adjunct Professor, Banking Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Member, American Bar Association, Corporate Law & Banking Law Committees
  • Associate Member, Illinois Bankers Association
  • Adjunct Professor, Securities Law, Graduate Program in Financial Services Law, Chicago Kent College of Law (2002-2007)
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