Robert Tobey knows where all the bodies are buried. At this Texas business litigation and malpractice law firm, he is a master at preparing cases for trial, arbitration or settlement. He does most of Johnston Tobey Baruch’s trial preparation, whether he litigates the case himself, hands it off to one of his partners or they handle the case as a team.
“Robert’s attention to detail is phenomenal,” says firm co-founder Randy Johnston. “He can tell you exactly how to keep yourself out of trouble.”
Robert is Board Certified in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. More than any other specialization, this one requires a broad knowledge of civil law.
A 1980 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Robert began his undergraduate work at Southern Methodist University and earned a degree in economics at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He was associated with two Dallas law firms before joining Randy Johnston in a litigation practice in 1987. Perhaps Robert’s best recommendation is the testimonial he received from a client who was defrauded by an investment company until Robert made it right.
“Our situation was desperate until Robert Tobey took the case,” the client said. “It was just Robert against a roomful of lawyers on the other side. And he outsmarted all of them.”
In 2015, Robert was featured in Texas Monthly as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Texas. The top five percent of lawyers in the state are honored each year as Texas Super Lawyers, and Robert has made the list of distinguished attorneys chosen by their peers and recognized by Thomson Reuters each year since 2003. He was featured in the Texas’ Best Lawyers publication in 2013 and was assigned the highest AV rating by Martindale Hubbell. He was selected among the Best Lawyers in Dallas by a vote of his peers (D Magazine 2013-16). Robert is recognized as a Best Lawyer in Commercial Litigation and Legal Malpractice Law in The Best Lawyers in America 2018 Edition. He is also a 2017 Super Lawyer in Professional Liability: Plaintiff and was listed as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth. He and his partners also publish a blog which contains tips on legal ethics and practice management meant to keep his fellow attorneys miles away from legal malpractice lawsuits and grievances.
For the past decade, Robert has been involved with a number of legal industry organizations. He currently serves as chair of the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors. He was Section Chair of the Transition to Law Committee (2013), the Bench Bar Committee (2012), the Tort and Insurance Practice Section (2011) and the Business Litigation Section (2010). He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association for the past five years.
Partner Randy Johnston attests to his expertise. “When Robert speaks, you get true words of wisdom. If he says it, you can take it to the bank.”