Bob Crockett was a partner in the international law firm of Latham & Watkins until December 31, 2014. He had practiced there since 1982, became an equity partner in 1990 and is a trial lawyer.
Mr. Crockett has extensive appellate experience. A few representative matters include Precision Development LLC v. Plyam, 2013 WL 5801759 (Cal. Ct. App., Oct. 29, 2013) [real estate development; jury trial]; Klein v. Anaheim Memorial Hosp. Association, 2009 WL 3233914 (Cal. Ct. App., Oct. 9, 2010) [challenge to change of ownership of hospital; motion practice]; Center for Biological Diversity v. Marina Point Development Co., 535 F.3d 1026 (9th Cir. 2008), cert. denied 132 S.Ct. 1795 (2012) [obtained reversal of trial loss on Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act grounds]; City of Santa Monica v. City of Los Angeles, 2007 WL 2677035 (Cal. Ct. App., Sept. 13, 2007) [challenge to Environmental Impact Report; bench trial]; Aimco Venezia, LLC v. State Historical Resources Com’n, 2007 WL 572938 (Cal. Ct. App. 2007) [upheld permits for historical structures]; Sierra Club v. California Coastal Comm’n, 35 Cal.4th 839 (2005) [coastal zone dispute; bench trial]; Parnell v. Adventist Health System/West, 35 Cal.4th 595 (2005) [health plan payor regulations]; San Joaquin Community Hosp. v. San Joaquin Valley Medical Group, 2004 WL 1398551 (Cal. Ct. App. 2004) [upheld jury verdict with partial reversal]; Televisa S. A. De C. V. v. DTVLA WC Inc., 363 F.3d 840 (9th Cir. 2004) [international arbitration ruling; motion practice]; Coalition of Concerned Communities, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles, 34 Cal.4th 733 (2004) (Coastal Zone litigation; upheld trial victory); Pacific Coast Homeowners v. J. Paul Getty Trust, 2002 WL 31358807 (Cal. Ct. App. 2002) [reversed trial loss on permits for old Getty Museum reopening]; Wetlands Action Network v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 222 F.3d 1105 (9th Cir. 2000), cert. denied, 524 U.S. 946 (2001) (reversed trial court loss; upheld environmental permits); In re Hamilton Taft, 53 F.3d 285 (9th Cir. 1995); California Country Club Homes Assn. v. City of Los Angeles, 18 Cal.App.4th 1425 (1993) [upheld trial verdict for expansion of motion picture studio]; McDonnell Douglas Corp. v. St. Bd. of Equalization, 10 Cal.App.4th 1413 (1992), cert denied 510 U.S. 814 (1993) [Import/Export Clause].
Mr. Crockett has dozens of weeks in jury and bench trials.
Mr. Crockett has handled cases which involve intellectual property; airline and hotel antitrust, real estate development of large-scale residential and commercial development (including as lead counsel for 20 years to resist challenges to the Playa Vista development), the Lanham Act, trade secret, personal injury tort defense, mass tort defense, airport regulation and eminent domain, pipeline and power line eminent domain, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species permit challenges, Coastal Zone development, California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act permitted developments, real estate developments involving major league football and baseball stadiums and the Staples Center and Import/Export Clause taxation of an air frame manufacturer.
In 2014, the State Bar’s California Lawyer magazine named him, along with 61 others, “Lawyer of the Year.”
Thompson Reuters has named him a “Los Angeles Super Lawyer” in 2005, 2010 and 2017. He served as an editor of the County Bar’s Los Angeles Lawyer magazine for several years in the 1980s.
Mr. Crockett has been a panelist on MCLE presentations relating to expert witnesses, trial techniques and environmental issues.
Bob has provided extensive litigation and logistical support for an ACLU project involving the rights of minority children in California schools.
Mr. Crockett has published Robert D. Crockett, “Religious Free Speech and Somebody Else’s Civil Rights, etc.,” Rutgers Journal of Law & Religion (2012) 13:364; Robert D. Crockett & Jonathan Jenkins, “Taking it to the Bank: A Recent Survey of Jury Verdicts in Los Angeles, etc.”, L.A. Law., Sep. 2001, at 47. He also published two tax-related notes as a law review member and has published two articles in 2003-04 on nineteenth-century criminal jurisprudence.
While a member of his firm’s Technology Committee circa 1990, he helped guide Latham & Watkins to networking, email, document management and litigation support platforms.
Mr. Crockett graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif with a J.D. from Brigham Young University in 1982. He was a member and editor of the B.Y.U. Law Review and winner of the Welch Third Year Writing Award. Mr. Crockett graduated from Brigham Young University in 1978 with a B.S. cum laude in Economics and minors in Finance and Computer Science. He worked his way through the university and law school as an academic and scientific computer programmer.
Mr. Crockett serves as executive director of a Mormon Studies program (http://claremontmormonstudies.org/) associated with the Department of Theology at Claremont Graduate University and the Howard W. Hunter Foundation.
Mr. Crockett was an economics professor for a Los Angeles County junior college in the 1980s. In 1979 he worked as an engineer for Boeing Computer Services on the Air-Launched Cruise Missile competition with General Dynamics.
Mr. Crockett competes in marathons, ultrathons and bicycle centuries, placing as high as fourth overall in one 100 mile ultrarun event. He has run the Boston Marathon and is qualified to run for 2018. Bob is married to the former Debora Townsend. They are the parents of eleven children.