Meet Robert C. Carlson

Robert C. Carlson


Bob is a founding partner at Koeller Nebeker Carlson Haluck, LLP in the firm’s San Diego office.  His practice is centered around trial and preparation for trial.  Since the beginning of the firm, Bob has been the “go to” partner for trial work.  He has tried many trials to verdict in both State courts and Federal courts.  His trials and the subsequent appeals have steered the law in several states in a direction favorable to a fair resolution for the firm’s clients.  The desired outcome was always a fair resolution to a case and sometimes that meant that the other party walked away with nothing.

He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps as a pilot of the F-4 Phantom aircraft.  While serving in the Marine Corps, then Captain Carlson served as his squadron’s legal officer. He attended the Naval Justice School for non-lawyers in Newport Rhode Island and graduated with honors.  That experience and the subsequent work as the Squadron legal officer caused then Captain Carlson to go to law school at night and pursue his law degree.  He left active duty in the Marine Corps in 1979 and completed law school in 1980, graduating with Honors.  He was admitted to practice law in California in 1981 and tried his first jury trial in August of that year.

Since being admitted to the practice of law in the State of California and subsequently in the State of Nevada, he has tried numerous cases to verdict before both juries and judges.  He has represented such diverse clients as the Republican Party of the State of California and members of the California Government Workers Union, developers and homeowners.  Several of his trials resulted in reported appellate decisions, including a landmark case in the State of Nevada concerning class actions. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, (ABOTA).

Bob’s passion, other than practicing law, is raising wine grapes in Arizona where he and his two sons make wine.

  • Construction Claims & Litigation
  • Commercial Trucking & Transportation Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage & Related Matters
  • Business & Transaction Law
  • Pollution & Environmental Law
  • Employment & Workers' Compensation Law

  • San Diego Defense Lawyers
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Clark County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

  • AV peer rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Super Lawyers
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • Barrister, Order of Centurions
    • Advocate, Order of Certus
    • Member, Trial Law Institute & Diversity Law Institute

  • See attached resume for complete listing of published items and speaking engagements

(619) 233-1600
  • United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1973 – B.S
  • Western State College of Law, 1980 – J.D.
States Licensed to Practice
  • State Bar of California, 1981
  • State Bar of Nevada, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit