Robert J. Caldwell
Kolesar & Leatham
400 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 400
Las Vegas, NV 89145
Robert J. Caldwell is a Shareholder of Kolesar & Leatham in Las Vegas, concentrating his practice in sports and entertainment law, business law and commercial litigation, including class actions, contract disputes, lender liability, product liability, international law, intellectual property and employment law matters.
Caldwell received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1999 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Miami University (Ohio) in 1996. He also studied international banking law at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Prior to law school, Caldwell worked for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in Washington, D.C., advising the Senator on matters of military and foreign affairs.
Active in the leadership of the UIA (Union Internationale des Avocats/International Association of Lawyers), the oldest international lawyersâ€™ association in the world, Caldwell currently serves as President of the UIA Litigation Commission and as a Member of the UIA Governing Board. He has spoken at international conferences around the world, on topics ranging from foreign investment in sports teams to emerging trends in litigation.
Caldwell has also been active in the leadership of the American Bar Associationâ€™s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), where he recently completed service as the Sectionâ€™s Revenue Officer. In that role, he was in charge of sponsor relationships and non-dues revenue on behalf of over 25,000 members. Previously, Caldwell served as a Member of TIPSâ€™ Governing Council and as Chair of its Business Litigation Committee. In 2010, he became the youngest Nevadan elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honor reserved for less than one-third of one percent of attorneys admitted in any jurisdiction.
As the head of the firmâ€™s Entertainment and Sports Law practice group, Caldwell has represented professional and amateur teams, athletes and officials in litigation and transactional matters. His sports law clients have included the Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, Borussia Moenchengladbach of the German Bundesliga, Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club, the Professional Soccer Referees Association, NFL All-Pro placekicker Rob Bironas and Eric Prindle, Heavyweight Tournament Champion of Bellator MMA (mixed martial arts). Caldwell advises ownership groups looking to start or acquire professional sports franchises. He has also represented clients in sport-related personal injury and wrongful death actions involving off-road racing, skiing and golf course incidents.
In addition to his active practice, Caldwell is also an accomplished author. He was one of two national co-authors of â€śHandling Business Tort Cases,â€ť recently published by Thomson Reuters, one of the largest legal publishers in the world. The two volume treatise serves as a desk reference for lawyers on how to handle litigation involving business matters. Caldwell has also published articles on sports law, gaming, lender liability and law practice management. In addition, Caldwell led the firmâ€™s involvement as a national design partner of eDiscovery Point, Thomson Reuterâ€™s new eDiscovery software platform.
Caldwell is active in community and volunteer activities in the Las Vegas area. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the UNLV Rebel Soccer Foundation. He also serves as a member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Nevada, where he presides over attorney disciplinary matters. Caldwell oversees the firmâ€™s participation in the Childrenâ€™s Advocacy Program (CAP) of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, representing abused and neglected children and serving as their advocate in court proceedings.
In his spare time, Caldwell is a licensed soccer referee, officiating top-level competitive youth games for the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. Working with the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Caldwell, who speaks German, helps organize the participation of German youth soccer teams for the Las Vegas Mayorâ€™s Cup International Showcase youth soccer tournament.
Member, State Bar of Nevada
Member, State Bar of Kentucky
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Supreme Court
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth, Seventh and Ninth Circuits
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Courts, Western and Eastern Districts of Kentucky
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Courts, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
Member, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Member, Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board, State Bar of Nevada
Member, Sports Lawyers Association
Member, Union Internationale des AvocatsÂ
Awards â€˘ Honors â€˘ Recognitions
Super Lawyer in Business Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine (2013-2016)
100 Hours Club, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada (2012, 2013)
“Legal Elite” (Top 150 attorneys in Southern Nevada), Nevada Business Magazine (2012)
“Rising Star” in Business Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine (2009, 2011-12)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation, (2010)
Fellow, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (2011)
Speeches â€˘ Presentations â€˘ Publications
Joel W. Mohrman and Robert J. Caldwell, â€śHandling Business Tort Casesâ€ť (Two-Volume Treatise), Thomson Reuters (2015).
â€śLitigation and Sports: Itâ€™s Not All Fun and Games,â€ť 60th Congress of the Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA/International Association of Lawyers), Joint Session of the Litigation, Sports Law and Tort Law Commissions (Budapest, Hungary), October 2016.
â€śEthically Representing Athletes and Celebrities in Difficult Situations,â€ť Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Las Vegas, Nevada), October 2016.
â€śLatest Developments in Sports Gambling,â€ť Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Las Vegas, Nevada), October 2016.
â€śHandling Business Torts Cases,â€ť ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (National Teleconference), October 2016.
â€śLatest Trends in Sports Law in Europe and the United States: Views from Both Sides of the Atlantic,â€ť Union Internationale des Avocats/International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Sports Law Commission (Miami, Florida), March-April 2016.
â€śLitigation in the Internet Age,â€ť 59th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats/International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Litigation Commission (Valencia, Spain), October 2015.
â€śForeign Investment in Sports Teams,â€ť 58th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats/International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Sports Law Commission (Florence, Italy), November 2014.Â Â
â€śEmerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation,â€ť ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Joint Program of the Products Liability and Automobile Law Committees (Phoenix, Arizona), April 2014.
â€śLong-time friendship helped attorney break into sports law,â€ť Las Vegas Review-Journal, February 8, 2014.
â€śHot Topics in Nevada Sports Law,â€ť Sports Lawyers Association and UNLV Boyd School of Law (Las Vegas, Nevada), February 2014.
â€śThe Litigation Gamble: Representing Gaming Companies in Litigation,â€ť 57th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats/International Association of Lawyers (UIA), Litigation Commission (Macau S.A.R., China), November 2013.
â€śMatch Fixing and Other Frauds in Sports,â€ť 56th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA), Sports Law Commission (Dresden, Germany), November 2012.
“What is the greatest lesson you learned from your parents?”Â Nevada Business Magazine, August 2012.
“Doing Business in the United States: What You Need to Know About Investing, Product Liability and Dispute Resolution,” China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (Beijing, China), April 2012.
“Face to Face: Executive Profile.” Nevada Business Magazine, July 2011.
“I’m Getting My J.D.; Now What? A Forum on How to Get your First Job,” ABA Midyear Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia), February 2011.
“Careers in Sports Law,” Sports and Entertainment Law Society, UNLV Boyd School of Law (Las Vegas, Nevada), November 2010.
“Ten Tips for Summer Clerks.“Â Student TIPSter, ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, May 2010.
“Legal Challenges to Chinese Companies Doing Business in the United States,” Tsinghua University School of Law (Beijing, China), September 2009.
“Masters of the Courtroom: A Display of Innovative and Proven Trial Techniques,” ABA/TIPS Trial Techniques Committee (Phoenix, Arizona), March 2008.
“Planning and Taking an Effective Deposition,” ABA Midyear Meeting (Los Angeles, California), February 2008.
“Nevada Employment Law Update,” National Business Institute, 2006.
“Practical Considerations in Debt Collection.”Â Business Litigation Newsletter, ABA/TIPS Business Litigation Committee, Fall 2005.
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Carpenter v. Henderson Hyundai Superstore, Inc., et al.
Sharon v. Nissan Motor Company in USA, et al.
Jones-Jefferson v. Nissan North America, Inc., et al.
Bryan Brey v. M&I Bank, FSB, et al.
In the Appeal of K.A.G. and H.M.G.
World Omni Financial Corp. v. Towbin Jeep-Eagle, Inc.
Buehler v. Mallo
Avaness v. Greenwich Global Trust and Mortgage, et al.