Robert Ebert's litigation practice includes general business and commercial litigation and product liability litigation both locally and nationally. His experience includes a broad spectrum of all types of commercial disputes and product liability disputes. Additionally, Mr. Ebert uses his business-focused education (B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame), and his experience as a Board Member of a $9 billion technology business, to represent boards and audit committees of publicly traded companies. He has also represented professional teams, owners and professional athletes in high-profile litigation and arbitrations involving contract disputes and league-imposed sanctions.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Ranked in Chambers USA 2011-2018, General Commercial Litigation
    • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2015-2018
    • The Legal 500 US, 2017-2018
    • Member, MLS2STL Group (Nine St. Louis business and sports leaders formed to bring the MLS to St. Louis)
    • Member, Board of Directors of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club
    • Member, Board of Directors of St. Louis F.C. USL professional soccer team
    • The Legal 500 US, 2017-2018
    • Member, MLS2STL Group (Nine St. Louis business and sports leaders formed to bring the MLS to St. Louis)
    • Member, Board of Directors of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club
    • Member, Board of Directors of St. Louis F.C. USL professional soccer team
    • Member, Board of Directors of St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club
    • Member, Board of Directors of St. Louis F.C. USL professional soccer team
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Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • Member, Diversity Law Institute
    • Member, The Trial Law Institute
    • Member, Diversity Law Institute
    • Member, The Trial Law Institute
    • Member, The Trial Law Institute
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Representative Experience

  • Lead national counsel for major rental company defending product liability claims and other litigation throughout the country.
  • Lead counsel for numerous audit committees and boards of public companies in the financial and banking, manufacturing, furniture, technology and other industries, concerning investigations of financial reporting and related issues, including issues such as software revenue recognition, state tax reserves, conflicts and disclosures of management, bank regulatory issues and inventory accounting.
  • Lead counsel for global multinational hospitality company in New York arbitration involving complicated contract and business tort claims.
  • Lead counsel successfully defending (complete dismissal) major whistleblower/qui tam action involving the Trade Agreement Act.
  • Lead counsel for global hospitality company successfully defeating complex international contract disputes involving three international hotels.
  • Lead counsel pursuing complex breach of contract claims arising out of ERP software implementation.
  • Lead counsel for multi-billion dollar technology company in arbitration successfully recovering on a multi-million dollar insurance dispute.
  • Lead counsel for major cosmetics manufacturer successfully defending (dismissal) claims for breach of a sole distributorship agreement.
  • Lead counsel in arbitrations and mediations addressing complex software disputes, post-closing balance sheet claims and other post-merger claims.
  • Lead counsel successfully defending and responding to various federal government claims and inquiries, formal and informal, relating to TAA compliance, sales practices, regulatory compliance and related issues.
  • Lead trial counsel for professional sports team in well-publicized league arbitration involving allegations of tampering and other serious violations of league rules and seeking penalties of several million dollars and numerous draft picks.
  • Counsel for professional sports team defending well-publicized contract claim brought by former head coach.
  • Lead national counsel for major life insurance company defending national sales practices class actions and related individual actions.

Robert Ebert has a litigation background involving all types of business disputes. Mr. Ebert has been a member of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of a $900 million telecommunications company and is a member of the board of directors of a $4.5 billion minority-owned technology company. His business-focused education (B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame) and practice experience, combined with his litigation experience, has helped him serve publicly traded companies and their audit committees in connection with independent investigations relating to allegations of financial-reporting errors or misstatements, management conduct, conflicts of interest and related issues.

Select Representations

  • Represented Audit Committee of a financial institution relating to regulatory compliance issues.
  • Represented Audit Committee of publicly traded financial institution in connection with alleged non-compliance by management of company policies.
  • Represented publicly traded company in connection with financial reporting issues arising out of software revenue recognition practices and compliance with SOP 97-2.
  • Represented Audit Committee of publicly traded national manufacturer and retailer concerning state tax reserves and contingency reporting and related financial reporting issues.
  • Represented Audit Committee of publicly traded company in connection with alleged financial reporting errors.
  • Represented Audit Committee of publicly traded company in connection with alleged financial reporting errors arising out of intra-company transfers and sales.

Other Representative Cases

  • Lead counsel in arbitrations and mediations addressing complex software disputes, post-closing balance sheet claims and other post-merger claims.
  • Lead counsel in domestic and international contract disputes in the hospitality industry.
  • Lead counsel successfully defending and responding to various federal government claims and inquiries, formal and informal, relating to TAA compliance, sales practices, regulatory compliance and related issues.
  • Lead national counsel for major rental company defending product liability claims and other litigation throughout the country.
  • Lead insurance coverage counsel for a major life insurance company for recovery of 0&0 insurance arising out of life insurance class actions.
  • Lead trial counsel for professional sports team in well-publicized league arbitration involving allegations of tampering and other serious violations of league rules and seeking penalties of several million dollars and numerous draft picks.
  • Lead counsel successfully defending (complete dismissal) major whistleblower/qui tam action involving the Trade Agreement Act.
  • Lead counsel pursuing complex breach of contract claims arising out of ERP software implementation.
  • Lead counsel for major cosmetics manufacturer successfully defending (dismissal) claims for breach of a sole distributorship agreement.

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1987

Illinois, 1988

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

Education

University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1987

University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. (Accounting), magna cum laude, 1984

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • Member, The Trial Law Institute

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Ranked in Chambers USA 2011-2013, General Commercial Litigation
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Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • Member, Diversity Law Institute
    • Member, The Trial Law Institute
    • Member, Diversity Law Institute
    • Member, The Trial Law Institute
    • Member, The Trial Law Institute
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Representative Experience

  • Lead national counsel for major rental company defending product liability claims and other litigation throughout the country.
  • Lead counsel for numerous audit committees and boards of public companies in the financial and banking, manufacturing, furniture, technology and other industries, concerning investigations of financial reporting and related issues, including issues such as software revenue recognition, state tax reserves, conflicts and disclosures of management, bank regulatory issues and inventory accounting.
  • Lead counsel successfully defending (complete dismissal) major whistleblower/qui tam action involving the Trade Agreement Act.
  • Lead counsel pursuing complex breach of contract claims arising out of ERP software implementation.
  • Lead counsel for major cosmetics manufacturer successfully defending (dismissal) claims for breach of a sole distributorship agreement.
  • Lead counsel in arbitrations and mediations addressing complex software disputes, post-closing balance sheet claims and other post-merger claims.
  • Lead counsel in domestic and international contract disputes in the hospitality industry.
  • Lead counsel successfully defending and responding to various federal government claims and inquiries, formal and informal, relating to TAA compliance, sales practices, regulatory compliance and related issues.
  • Lead trial counsel for professional sports team in well-publicized league arbitration involving allegations of tampering and other serious violations of league rules and seeking penalties of several million dollars and numerous draft picks.
  • Counsel for professional sports team defending well-publicized contract claim brought by former head coach.
  • Lead national counsel for major life insurance company defending national sales practices class actions and related individual actions.