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Robert Palmer is a principal in the Los Angeles office of McKool Smith Hennigan. Robert primarily handles complex litigation and trial practice, with a special focus on disputes relating to banking and finance, securities, real estate, and the False Claims Act.

Robert joined the firm in 1995. Prior to joining the firm, Robert was a litigation partner at Osborn Maledon in Phoenix, Arizona, for many years.


Rankings & Honors

  • AV(T) Peer Review Rated
  • Southern California Super Lawyers, 2006-2013
  • Notes and comments editor, Columbia Law Review


Community & Professional Activities

  • Law clerk to the Honorable Harold Leventhal, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1971-1972
  • Assistant special prosecutor for Watergate Special Prosecution Force, U.S. Department of Justice, 1973-74
  • President of Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, 1990-92
  • Board of directors, Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, 1988-1995
  • Board of directors, Trial Practice Inn of Court of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1999-2002

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J.D., Columbia University Law School, 1971

B.A., Economics, Georgetown University, 1968

Court Admissions

  • State of California
  • State of Arizona
  • District of Columbia

Bar Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Associate
  • American Bar Association
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