As a partner in Hedrick Gardner’s Raleigh office, Rob practices civil litigation defense, including cases involving products liability, professional liability, premises liability, institutional defense, commercial litigation, and construction defects. Rob’s work in the products liability field has included defending designers, manufacturers, and sellers of products including medical devices, motor vehicles and their component parts, helmets, electrical devices, and a variety of other consumer goods. His professional liability work has included the defense of professionals such as real estate agents, appraisers, engineers, and architects. Rob’s premises liability cases commonly involve personal injuries on retail premises but have also included wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases arising related to swimming pools and other recreational facilities as well as fire and explosion cases at both residential and commercial premises. Rob has also defended institutions such as universities, school systems, churches, and municipalities. In 2015, Rob was included in Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite list.  Rob currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys.

“One of the best aspects of my practice is the fact that each case and every client is different and I value being able to learn the details of my clients’ businesses so that we can reach the most favorable and practical result.”

A life-long North Carolinian, Rob graduated from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science while also playing for the Wildcats’ Division 1 baseball team. After college, Rob went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from Wake Forest University School of Law. Rob has been married to his wife, Heather, since 2010 and they have two young children, Everett and Caroline.

Experience and Involvement


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys
    • Member, Board of Directors (2019-2022)
  • Defense Research Institute