Robert C. Houser, Of Counsel
Robert earned his J.D. degree in 1974 from Georgetown University where he was a Member of the Executive Board of Georgetown’s international law journal. He earned his A.B., cum laude in economics in 1971 from Harvard University. Robert was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1975 and State Bar of Arizona in 1979.
Robert has been in private practice for more than thirty years with emphasis on complex litigation principally involving contract, antitrust, intellectual property, unfair competition and family law cases, practicing in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate court levels. Robert also served as a Judge on the Arizona Superior Court for Maricopa County for seven years from 2002 to 2009, with rotations in the Civil Department, the Family Court Department, the Lower Court Appeals Department and the Juvenile Department.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS, DESIGNATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Lorna Lockwood Inn of Court. Co-President 2007-2008.
American Bar Association. Member, Litigation Section; past member, Judicial Division, National Conference of State Trial Judges and Arizona State Delegate to the National Conference of State Trial Judges; past member, Antitrust and Intellectual Property Sections; past member, Sherman Act Section One Committee, Intellectual Property Section IP/Antitrust Committee, Litigation Section Trial Practice Committee and Co-Chair Law and Literature Subcommittee.
Maricopa County Bar Association. Member, Litigation and Bankruptcy Sections; past member, Bench Bar Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee, Volunteer Lawyers Project Committee, Public Policy Committee and International Law Section.
State Bar of Arizona. Member, Trial Practice, Bankruptcy and Family Law Sections; past member, Intellectual Property and Business Law Sections, Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee, Technology Task Force Subcommittee on Low-Cost Access, Trial Practice Publications Subcommittee and Business Law Bar Convention Committee.
Arizona Judges Association. Member of the Executive Committee (2009 as Maricopa County Superior Court Representative and currently as Retired Judges Representative)
Supreme Court Historical Society
Lecturer, Arizona Supreme Court Domestic Relations Conference (Bankruptcy and Family Law Issues), Annual Judicial Conference (Post-Trial Motions for Awards of Attorney’s Fees), Maricopa County Superior Court Civil Department Training (Attorneys’ Fees Issues), State Bar of Arizona and Maricopa County Bar Association CLE programs (Trial Practice, Computer Evidence Issues, Attorneys’ Fees Issues and Intellectual Property Litigation) and CLE International Condemnation program (Ethics Issues); guest lecturer at Arizona State University College of Law clinical program on trial practice.
Arizona Attorneys’ Fees Manual, Chapter Two: A.R.S. § 12-341.01A, 2010 (5th Ed. Bruce Meyerson & Patricia K. Norris, eds.) State Bar of Arizona/Phoenix, Arizona. Also co-authored previous four editions of the Manual published in 1987, 1992, 1998 and 2003.
The Domain-Name Game: New Rules Speed Wins for Trademark Owners,Arizona Attorney, October/2000, at 16.
New Technology Produces New Legal Issues, Arizona Business Gazette, December 14, 1995.
Antitrust and the Foreign Government Trader: The Impact of Pfizer, Inc. v. Government of India, Law and Policy in International Business, Volume 10, 1978 (pp. 719-67) Georgetown University/ Washington, D.C., reprinted in CORPORATE COUNSEL’S ANNUAL, Volume 2, 1979 (pp. 1149-98)(Jeremiah J. Spires & Edward J. Burchell, eds.) Mathew Bender & Co./New York, New York.
Member, Judicial Executive Committee of the Superior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County
AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell before appointment to Superior Court
Member, Arizona Commission on Judicial Performance Review (2000-2002)
Judge Pro Tem, Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One
Judge Pro Tem, Superior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County