Robert P. Trout
Robert P. Trout has over 40 years' experience in civil and criminal litigation. His practice has concentrated primarily on complex commercial litigation and white collar criminal defense, as well as the defense of administrative agency enforcement actions. He began his legal career at the Department of Justice, where he served for two years in the Criminal Division, followed by four years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Trout served as Associate Deputy Independent Counsel in 1995-96. Before founding his current firm in 1996, Mr. Trout was a partner in a large national law firm.
Mr. Trout is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he has served as a member of the College's State Committee for the District of Columbia. One of the original members of the Steering Committee of the Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar, Mr. Trout served as Chair of the Litigation Section in 1984-85. He previously served for six years, including one year as Chair, on the Attorney Grievance Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia . He has been active in the DC Bar's efforts to promote alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") and he has served as a volunteer mediator for both the United States District Court and the District of Columbia Superior Court. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in four categories (White Collar Criminal Defense, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Securities Litigation), and he is also listed in Super Lawyers (including Washington DC Top 100), Chambers USA Guide America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and Washingtonian Magazine’s Top Lawyers.
Mr. Trout is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, and he is admitted to practice before a number of federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Third Circuit, the Seventh Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, the Tenth Circuit, the Eleventh Circuit and the Federal Circuit, as well as the U.S. Tax Court.
Mr. Trout earned his B.A. in 1970 from Washington & Lee University and his J.D. in 1973 from the University of Virginia School of Law.