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				J. Robert
Property rights litigator

J. Robert Sears

Member in St. Louis

Bob Sears represents clients in federal and state courts in complex civil matters. His primary focus is advocating for individuals and businesses in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C., seeking compensation from the United States when it takes private land. His clients are throughout the United States have received several millions of dollars in compensation for easements taken across their land, usually when a former railroad track is replaced by a hiking and biking trail for public use. For seven years, Bob was Missouri’s Antitrust Counsel responsible for investigating and litigating antitrust cases and merger reviews. He participated in and led multistate actions against bad actors seeking to limit competition in their markets.


  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1994
  • University of Missouri, B.A., 1983

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Awards & Recognition

  • Order of the Woolsack
  • Three time Academic Achievement Award recipient (given for highest score in class) in Business Associations, Mergers and Acquisitions/EEC Law, and Regulation of Foreign Trade
  • International Law Certificate
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court - advanced to world competition

Community Involvement

  • City Council, Kirkwood, Missouri (2010-2014, 2014-2018, 2020-2024)
  • Rotarian - Club President (2017-2018)


  • Co-Author, Where Did Aspen Go?: How Courts are Dealing with Refusals to Deal Since Trinko, The St. Louis Bar Journal (Winter 2007)


  • Court of Federal Claims: 29th Annual Judicial Conference – Rails to Trails: The Pitfalls When Litigating Liability and Damages Together or Separately – Using a Fee Shifting Statute. (Selected by the Court to participate as the sole member of the bar representing plaintiffs)
  • Antitrust Fundamentals presentation to Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Numerous CLE presentations for the Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis