Robert Haar

ROBERT T. HAAR

Partner

(314) 241-2224

roberthaar@haar-woods.com

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Professional Profile

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

The focus of Mr. Haar's practice is civil and criminal trials and appeals in both federal and state courts. He has represented universities, law firms, banks, major corporations, labor unions, insurance carriers and individuals in diverse contexts, including commercial, securities, professional liability, intellectual property, environmental and constitutional litigation. He has defended individuals and corporations in criminal investigations and proceedings involving allegations of corporate or securities fraud, tax violations, bank fraud, pharmaceutical adulteration or mislabeling, environmental violations and mail and wire fraud. He frequently represents clients in the federal and state appellate courts and has been retained specifically for appellate work in the U.S. Supreme Court, the federal courts of appeals, and the Missouri Supreme Court.

Mr. Haar is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a former law clerk to then Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Harold Leventhal of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri. In the latter capacity, he was involved principally in organized crime and public corruption prosecutions. In 1994, he was appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan to the Board of Police Commissioners of the City of St. Louis and served as a police commissioner until 1998. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve on the Committee on District Judge Education of the Federal Judicial Center from 2001 through 2007. In 2010, the Missouri Supreme Court appointed him to a special ad hoc committee to study the use of experts in Missouri and to make recommendations regarding the proper scope of expert discovery.

Representative Matters

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Represented electrical utility with respect to criminal investigations, Public Utility Commission hearings, and environmental litigation, with the State of Missouri and private litigants, arising out of collapse of 1.4-billion-gallon mountaintop reservoir at pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant

  • Represented former Governor of Missouri in federal prosecution involving campaign contributions

  • Represented majority shareholders of bank holding company and of large private corporation in defense of claims of breach of fiduciary duty and oppression of minority shareholders

  • Represented defense contractor in federal investigations and obtained dismissals of shareholder derivative and class action claims arising out of backdating of stock options

  • Represented major university and obtained summary judgment in qui tam action alleging Medicare fraud.

  • Represented leading urban redeveloper and obtained dismissal of federal indictment for failure to state an offense under the mail, wire and bank fraud statutes

  • Represented CFO of Fortune 500 cable television company in defense of federal criminal wire fraud charges and civil class action proceedings alleging accounting fraud

  • Represented international energy company and obtained dismissal of class action alleging PCB contamination along multi-state natural gas pipeline

  • Represented one of nation's largest law firms and obtained summary judgment on $25 million claim alleging transactional malpractice

  • Represented numerous lawyers and law firms in defense of legal malpractice claims, criminal investigations and Bar investigations arising in various contexts, including civil litigation, criminal defense, securities law, international arbitration, contempt, immigration, trusts and estates, and transactional matters

  • Represented school district in landmark First Amendment case regarding school newspapers (Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier, 484 U.S. 260 (1988))

  • Represented religious school where federal court found repeated constitutional violations by Missouri state officials and obtained acquittal of school official in related criminal prosecution

  • Represented NHL hockey player charged with murder-for-hire

  • Represented prominent state legislator and obtained acquittal in criminal prosecution for alleged sexual assault

  • Represented internationally known Italian photographer in lawsuit filed by State of Missouri arising out of Benetton "We, On Death Row" Campaign

PRACTICE AREAS

EDUCATION

Yale Law School, J.D., (Editor-in-Chief, Volume 86, Yale Law Journal)
Oxford University, B.Phil. Economics, (Rhodes Scholar)
Stanford University, B.S. Electrical Engineering

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Federal Civil Procedure Committee; Missouri State Committee)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Master, Theodore McMillian American Inn of Court
  • Member, Committee on District Judge Education of the Federal Judicial Center
    (2001-2007)
  • Member, Missouri Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee on Expert Discovery (2010-2011)
  • Chair (1995-1997) and Member (1994-1995), Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group, Eastern District of Missouri
  • Chair, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis Task Force on Litigation Reform (1992-1993)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lecturer, U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society's Summer Institute for High School Teachers
  • Adjunct Professor; Trial Practice, St. Louis University School of Law, 1986-1989; Litigation, Washington University School of Law, 1985-1987
  • Lecturer on trial practice, appellate advocacy, ethics and professionalism, constitutional litigation, business litigation, white collar criminal defense, and business torts.

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Appellate Practice, and White Collar Criminal Defense
  • St. Louis Best Lawyers Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year for 2014
  • St. Louis Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year for 2012 and 2015
  • Law and Politics, Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers, Business Litigation (Top 50 Lawyers St. Louis 2006, 2007, 2011-2015; Top 100 Missouri and Kansas 2007, 2012)
  • Law and Politics, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition, Business Litigation
  • Benchmark Missouri Litigation Star (Appellate, Professional Liability, Criminal)
  • St. Louis Magazine, St. Louis Area’s Top Attorneys

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Member, Board of Police Commissioners of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (1994-1998)
  • Chair, Human Resources Committee, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
  • 2004 Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association Person of the Year (for successful pro bono defense of community activists sued for libel and conspiracy by landlord of problem property)