Bob, a partner in Lindquist & Vennum’s Trusts and Estates practice group, applies years of experience to help executors, trustees, guardians, and conservators navigate the quickest route through the judicial process. He has devoted his career exclusively to the area of estate planning and probate, working with clients to create plans for business succession, charitable gifts, and wealth preservation, and assisting with advanced estate- and gift-tax planning.
Bob collaborated with the Minnesota Legislature on drafting portions of the state’s trust, probate, and guardianship law, and developed the court-approved forms that every Minnesota attorney is asked to use when practicing guardianship and conservatorship law. He wrote and updated Minnesota Continuing Legal Education’s Guardianship and Conservatorship Handbook
. His additional writing credits include articles for the William Mitchell Law Review
, The Monthly Digest of Tax Articles
, and the Journal of Taxation
An adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law, he has taught estate and trust law since 1995. He is also a frequent lecturer and author in many areas of estate planning.
Bob is a fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has been recognized as a Minnesota "Super Lawyer" every year since 2004. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from Minnesota State Bar Association, the MSBA Presidential Commendation Award, and was recognized by the Minnesota Supreme Court for his pro bono service. Bob is also the recipient of the Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award, given annually by Lindquist & Vennum to an attorney who demonstrates an exceptional commitment to pro bono work.
Honors and Awards
- Attorney of the Year Award, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
- Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2004–2012
- MSBA Presidential Commendation Award, 2011
- Leonard E. Lindquist Pro Bono Award, 2005
- Outstanding Service Award (Minnesota State Bar Association), 2005
- Minnesota Supreme Court Certificate of Appreciation