Robert M. Dawson

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Los Angeles
United States
T:+1 213 892 9211
Los Angeles
United States
T:+1 213 892 9211
Robert M. Dawson

Robert M. Dawson



Bob Dawson has, for over 30 years, handled a wide range of complex business and civil litigation, including the management and trial of a substantial number of matters for financial institutions, the health care industry, and in the labor and employment area, among others. 

Bob represents many different types of clients, including large corporations, small companies, public agencies, public officials, and charitable institutions.  The subject matter of the cases he has handled have been wide-ranging, including consumer class actions, securities, banking, employment, government, medicine, gaming, science and technology, and entertainment.  On behalf of the health care industry, Bob has handled hundreds of matters against state and federal regulators, representing all aspects of the health care field.  On behalf of financial institutions, Bob has handled consumer class actions, customer disputes, unfair business practice claims, customer privacy claims, and cases involving bank fraud, lender liability, credit card and ATM disclosure class actions, identity theft, money laundering, grand jury investigations, safe deposit box losses, bank robberies, disclosures to law enforcement, and co-branding agreements.  His securities litigation experience includes serving as coordinating counsel on behalf of the carrier providing defenses to the former officers and directors of Columbia Savings & Loan in the consolidated Columbia/Drexel class actions.

Bob's employment litigation experience includes the decertification of a significant wage and hour class action, upheld in a published decision by the California Court of Appeal.  In 1996, because of Bob's landmark decision on California summary judgment law, then Governor Pete Wilson requested his support of proposed legislation to reform the California Code of Civil Procedure in this area which included testifying repeatedly before the State Senate Judiciary Committee and State Assembly Judiciary Committee.

Professional experience

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JD, University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, 1978
BA, with honors, History, University of Santa Clara, 1975
Sorbonne University

Bob was active both as an undergraduate, serving as Student Body President, and in law school, as Tournament Coordinator on the Moot Court Board and is a member of the Order of Barristers. 

  • California State Bar

Bob has extensive trial experience, and has had numerous cases result in important published appellate decisions, including cases involving credit card disclosures, class certification of wage and hour litigation, the Right to Financial Privacy Act, the Truth in Lending Act (Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision cited with approval by the United States Supreme Court) the privilege in communications with law enforcement, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals law on Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41 and a landmark decision on California summary judgment law.

  • Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers, LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, 2012 - 2013
  • Author, How to Win (And Survive) A Lawsuit, Arbor Books 2007
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • Health Law Section, former Chair
  • Law school instructor in contract law, lecturer on trial advocacy
  • French