Rob Lee is a partner in Glaser Weil’s Litigation Department. Rob litigates high-stakes commercial disputes in state and federal courts at the trial level, with an emphasis on construction litigation.
In his construction cases, Rob has represented owners of projects ranging from high-end private residences to premium high-rise developments that cost more than $1 billion to construct. Rob also has considerable experience representing public entities, including local governments, in a variety of disputes.
Rob has significant experience in:
- Construction litigation
- Tort and contract disputes involving local municipalities
- Municipality regulatory compliance
- Complex commercial disputes
Prior to joining the Firm, Rob practiced law with an Am Law 50 firm in Los Angeles, where he litigated complex cases, including consumer class actions as well as entertainment and commercial real estate matters.
Rob’s notable experience includes his representation of:
- Environmental Restoration, LLC, an environmental remediation contractor, in dismissing 250 of the 265 plaintiff claims (totaling over $1 billion) and settling the remainder in high-profile multidistrict litigation concerning a 3-million-gallon release of acid mine drainage near Silverton, Colorado, referred to generally as the Gold King Mine spill.
Chestlen Development, a real estate investment and development firm and the owner of the 750-room, 52-story Element Philadelphia Downtown by Westin (Marriott), in pursuing claims for damages from and defending against the general contractor’s and other parties’ claims seeking over $150 million in damages. The trial is expected to begin in 2024.
Next Century Partners, a leading real estate company that owns and develops notable resort and hotel properties, in negotiating and litigating multiple disputes with Webcor and several of its subcontractors concerning the $1.5 billion retrofit of the Century Plaza Hotel and the construction of two new 40-story condo towers.
The HOA of the Point at Poipu, Kauai, Hawaii (and its managing entities Diamond Resorts and Hilton), in settling advantageously for our client (after four years of litigation) against the general contractor, Layton Construction Co., LLC, three subcontractors and two material providers for window and building envelope installation-related defects and resulting damages.
- Members of the County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles County Sheriff, defending against a complaint by plaintiffs—a proposed class consisting of all vehicle-dwelling individuals throughout Los Angeles County—alleging that the county’s rules and regulations relating to parking on county streets unfairly singled out and illegally “criminalized” homelessness and deprived them of their civil rights. We achieved a complete dismissal of all 24 claims asserted against our clients.
- A nationwide commercial developer in a contract dispute arising out of the construction of a large development in West Los Angeles.
- A prominent nationwide retailer in its investigation by California governmental entities relating to the retailer’s environmental practices.
- A sports and entertainment company in a high-profile antitrust and unfair competition litigation, including assisting in the depositions of a prominent sports figure and his affiliates and participating in the drafting of a victorious summary judgment briefing.
The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2015
University of Southern California, B.S., mathematics/economics, magna cum laude, 2011