Robert graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Journalism, and a J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. While at MSU, he served as the Sports and Entertainment Editor of The State News. He spent 23 years practicing Maritime and Admiralty Law, while also handling matters in Probate, Medical Malpractice, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Auto Negligence. He has extensive experience serving as a Certified Case Evaluator in Oakland County. His interests include live music, MSU sports and playing pickleball.