Robert J. Hauser

Robert J. Hauser

ATTORNEY AT LAW

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Practice Areas

  • Appeals
  • Litigation

Biography

A partner at Pankauski Hauser PLLC in West Palm Beach, Florida, Robert J. Hauser handles a variety of litigation matters at both the trial and appellate levels for his clients in Palm Beach County. In addition to appellate matters in virtually any area of substantive law, his trial practice includes business litigation and trust, estate, and probate disputes. Mr. Hauser has been certified as a specialist in appellate practice by The Florida Bar since 2009. After graduating from Duke University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in public policy studies, Mr. Hauser attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1995. After law school, he spent a year as a research assistant with the Florida Third District Court of Appeal and then joined a West Palm Beach boutique litigation firm, where he was a shareholder until joining his present firm (today, Pankauski Hauser Lazarus PLLC) in 2014. Admitted to practice in Florida, Mr. Hauser is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Held in high regard by his fellow professionals, Mr. Hauser has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In 2019, Mr. Hauser was selected to appear in the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America, for his work in the field of Appellate Practice. A former chairman of the Appellate Practice Certification Committee of The Florida Bar, Mr. Hauser is a member of a variety of legal organizations, including the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the Appellate Practice Section of The Florida Bar, and the Fourth District Court of Appeal Historical Society.

Education

  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainsville, Florida
    • Duke University, Sanford Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs, Durham, North Carolina
      • B.A. Public Policy Studies - 1991

    Published Works

    • An Unsettling Outcome: Why the Florida Supreme Court was Wrong to Ban All Settlement Evidence in Saleeby v. Rocky Elson Construction, Inc., 3 So. 3d 1078, 2009
    • University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy, Vol. 21 No. 3
    • Critique of Saleeby v. Rocky Elson Construction, Inc., Florida Statutes and section 768.041(3), 3 So. 3d 1078, 2009
    • Discussion of the interplay between section 90.408, Florida Statutes and section 768.041(3), 3 So. 3d 1078, 2009

    Professional Associations

    • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee, Chair, 2014-2015
    • Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2019
    • The Florida Bar Appellate Courts Rules Committee, 2008-2011
    • The Florida Bar, 1995
    • Appellate Practice Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Vice Chair, 2008-2009
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee, Member, 2011
    • Florida Fourth DCA 50th Anniversary Committee / Historical Society, Board Member
    • Appellate Courts Rules Committee of The Florida Bar, Member, 2008
    • Palm Beach County Bar Association, Member
    • Florida Bar Appellate Practice Certification Committee, Vice Chair, 2013-2014
    • Appellate Practice Committee, Palm Beach County Bar Association, Chair, 2009-2010
    • U.S Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
    • Appellate Practice Section, The Florida Bar
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

    Certified Legal Specialties

    • Board Certification in Appellate Practice, The Florida Bar, 2009
    • Board Re-Certification in Appellate Practice, Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, 2019
    • Board Re-Certification in Appellate Practice, The Florida Bar, 2014

    Honors

    • Appellate Practice, 26th edition, 2020, The Best Lawyers in America - 26th ed. - Appellate Practice, Best Lawyers, 2019
    • Pro Bono Award, Appellate Law, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., 2016
    • Selected as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer in Commercial Litigation , Top Rated Lawyer, LexisNexis / Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, 2012
    • AV Rating, Martindale Hubbell
    • Florida's Legal Elite, Florida Trend Magazine, 2011
    • Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2009 - 2010, Top Up and Comer, South Florida Legal Guide
    • Top Lawyer (2012 - present), Top Lawyer, South Florida Legal Guide, 2012
    • Top-Rated Lawyer, Top-Rated Lawyer, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™, 2013

    Pro-Bono Activities

    • Board, Fourth District Court of Appeal Historical Society