Overview

Bob Caldwell is a Shareholder of Kolesar & Leatham, focusing his practice on business law and litigation, including contracts, business entities, sports and entertainment, real estate, intellectual property, product liability and employment law matters. 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.

Caldwell serves as President of the Litigation Commission and Vice President of the Sports Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA/International Association of Lawyers), the oldest multilingual international bar association in the world. He also serves as Chair of the International Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), having previously served as the Section’s Revenue Officer, member of its Governing Council and Chair of its Business Litigation Committee. 

An accomplished author, Caldwell is one of two co-authors of “Handling Business Tort Cases,” published in 2015 by Thomson Reuters/West Publishing.  He also co-authored the Nevada Chapter of the “Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions,” published in 2017 by ABA Publishing. Caldwell has lectured around the globe on issues including business litigation, sports law, gaming and ethics.

In 2017, Caldwell became the first American ever selected for UEFA’s prestigious Football Law Programme, an advanced certification in law and regulations governing world soccer. In addition to his legal activities, Caldwell is a licensed referee and referee instructor for the U.S. Soccer Federation, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the UNLV Rebel Soccer Foundation. 

Professional or Trade Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section; Chair, International Law Committee (2017-  ); Chair-Elect, General Committee Board (2017-  ); Revenue Officer (2014-2016); Council Member (2009-2016); Chair, Business Litigation Committee (2008-2009)
  • Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA/International Association of Lawyers); President, Litigation Commission (2014-Present); Vice-President, Sports Law Commission (2016-Present); Member, Governing Board (2014-Present)
  • State Bar of Nevada, Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board (2014-Present)
  • Sports Lawyers Association

Honors & Awards:

  • SuperLawyer in Business Litigation, SuperLawyers Magazine (2013-2018)
  • SuperLawyer “Rising Star” in Business Litigation, SuperLawyers Magazine (2009, 2011, 2012)
  • 100 Hours Club, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Children’s Advocacy Program (2012, 2013)
  • Legal Elite (Top 150 attorneys in Southern Nevada), Nevada Business Magazine (2012, 2017)
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International, Las Vegas Rotary Club (2016)
  • Fellow, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (2011)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2010)

Publications:

  • “A Practitioner’s Guide to Class Actions” (Nevada Chapter), Robert J. Caldwell and F. Shane Jackson, edited by Marcy Hogan Greer, ABA Publishing, 2d ed. 2017.
  • “Handling Business Tort Cases” (Two-Volume Treatise), Joel W. Mohrman and Robert J. Caldwell, Thomson Reuters (West Publishing), December 2015.
  • “Ten Tips for Summer Clerks, “ Student TIPSter, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Spring 2011.
  • “Practical Considerations in Debt Collection,” Business Litigation Newsletter, American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Business Litigation Committee, Fall 2005.

Speaking Engagements:

  • “Legal, Financial and Integrity Aspects of Ownership of Professional Sports Teams,” 62nd Congress of the Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Sports Law Commission (Porto, Portugal), November 1, 2018.
  • “The Intersection of Real Estate, Contracts and Litigation: Case Studies from Negotiation to Trial,” 62nd Congress of the Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Joint Session of the Litigation, Real Estate and Contract Law Commissions (Porto, Portugal), November 1, 2018.
  • “Negotiating Sponsorship Agreements in Professional and Amateur Sports,” Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Las Vegas, Nevada), October 4, 2018.
  • “Mediation of Sports Disputes: Turning Adversaries into Teammates (Mediation Alongside Other Dispute Resolution Mechanisms for Sports),” Seminar Organized by the Union Internationale des Avocats, Sports Law Commission (Lisbon, Portugal), January 12, 2018.
  • “Litigating Catastrophes: Handling High-Stakes Litigation – Disasters Over Air, Land and Sea,” 61st Congress of the Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Joint Session of the Litigation, Transport Law, Insurance Law and Art Commissions (Toronto, Canada), October 30, 2017.
  • “Arbitration and Governance in Sports (Comparing Sports Arbitration Systems in North America and Europe),” 61st Congress of the Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Sports Law Commission (Toronto, Canada), October 29, 2017.
  • “Key Issues Facing In-House Legal Departments in the Sports and Entertainment Industries,” Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Las Vegas, Nevada), October 7, 2017.
  • “Bringing a Gun to a Knife Fight: Using Business Torts to Win Commercial Cases,” 2017 Section Conference of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (Chicago, Illinois), April 27, 2017.
  • “Litigation and Sports: It’s Not All Fun and Games (Recent Developments in Concussion Litigation),” 60th Congress of the Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Joint Session of the Litigation, Sports Law and Tort Law Commissions (Budapest, Hungary), October 31, 2016.
  • “Latest Developments in Sports Gambling,” Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Las Vegas, Nevada), October 7, 2016.
  • “Ethically Representing Athletes and Celebrities in Difficult Situations,” Annual Meeting of the ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries (Las Vegas, Nevada), October 6, 2016.
  • “Latest Trends in Sports Law in Europe and the United States – Views from Both Sides of the Atlantic,” Union Internationale des Avocats, Sports Law Commission (Miami, Florida), March 31-April 1, 2016.
  • “Litigation in the Internet Age,” 59th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Litigation Commission (Valencia, Spain), October 31, 2015.
  • “Representing Clients in Sports Law Matters,” NALS National Forum (Las Vegas, Nevada), October 8, 2015.
  • “Hot Topics in Nevada Sports Law,” Sports Lawyers Association and the William S. Boyd School of Law (Las Vegas, Nevada), February 21, 2014
  • “Foreign Investment in Sports Teams,” 58th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Sports Law Commission (Florence, Italy), October 30, 2014.
  • “Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation – Bridging the Divide: Plaintiff and Defense Counsel Mediation Summit,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (Phoenix, Arizona), April 4, 2014.
  • “The Litigation Gamble: Representing Gaming Companies in Litigation,” 57th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Litigation Commission (Macau S.A.R., China), November 2, 2013.
  • “Match Fixing and Other Frauds in Sports (Keynote Address),” 56th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Sports Law Commission (Dresden, Germany), November 1, 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.
  • “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.
  • “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,” American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Trial Techniques Committee (Phoenix, Arizona), March 2008.
  • “Planning and Taking an Effective Deposition,” American Bar Association Midyear Meeting (Los Angeles, California), February 2008.
  • “Nevada Employment Law Update,” National Business Institute (Las Vegas, Nevada), 2006.

In the News:


Representative Experience:

  • Parke, et al. v. Nissan North America, Inc.
  • 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.

Community Involvement:

  • Grade 7 Referee, United States Soccer Federation
  • Referee Instructor, United States Soccer Federation
  • Referee, Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association
  • Board of Directors, UNLV Rebel Soccer Foundation
  • Pro Bono Advocate, Childrens’ Advocacy Project, Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada

Personal:

  • Speaks German
  • Volunteers to host international soccer players during the Las Vegas Mayor’s Cup International Showcase
  • Twice hosted exchange students
  • Have attended four World Cups and four Olympic Games