Bob, a partner in Bernkopf Goodman’s litigation group, combines hard work, preparation and dedication to deliver cutting-edge legal services, representing clients in negotiations, disputes and inside the courtroom.

Bob’s clients, which range from real estate developers, general contractors and business owners to residential property owners, say Bob is their “go-to guy” because he’s “thorough,” “poised” and “comes up with a clear plan of attack.”

A persuasive and successful trial lawyer, Bob captures the respect of judges and jurors alike. Following a hotly contested motion hearing in a complex construction dispute before an experienced judge – himself a former commercial litigator – the judge commented that Bob’s performance was the “best” he’d ever seen, paving the way for a favorable settlement for his client, a successful developer and contractor.

Bob has delivered results for his clients in all phases of litigation. Following a two-week trial, he obtained a favorable verdict on all significant claims defending a corporate veil-piercing case against a medical provider and its affiliates – a case featured in the litigation issue of Best Lawyers. He also delivered a multi-million-dollar jury verdict in a real estate and construction dispute involving breach of warranty, bad faith and punitive damage claims.  Following a week-long trial involving real estate, he also defeated a laundry list of claims for fraud, undue influence and breach of contract relating to real estate and delivered a verdict which resulted in payment to his clients in excess of a half-million dollars.

In addition to his litigation prowess, Bob represents clients in the preparation of construction contracts of all sizes throughout the United States.

“Knowing Bob is by our side has allowed us to make decisions and grow as a company and go in directions we might not have if we didn’t have that support.” – Bryan Haynes, President, Haynes Group, Inc.

Memberships & Activities

Memberships & Activities

  • Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Town of Easton Planning and Zoning Board
Honors & Recognition

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” every year since 2014
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Served as assistant editor of the first edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence ⁠— an invaluable resource to the Massachusetts legal world ⁠relied upon by judges and lawyers alike

News, Events & Publications

Governor’s Order Could Overrule Boston, Cambridge Construction Bans
Bernkopf Goodman LLP to Present an Interactive Webinar on COVID-19’s Impact on the Massachusetts Construction Industry
Five Bernkopf Goodman Attorneys Chosen as Rising Stars
A Corporate Veil Remains Unpierced: How an Unwinnable Case Was Won
Robert W. Stetson Elevated to Partner
Eleven Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys recognized as 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Developers given green light to fight sham lawsuits with change in Massachusetts’ anti-SLAPP law
Exec’s counterclaims in fiduciary action not a SLAPP suit
Peter B. McGlynn and Robert W. Stetson Selected as Fellows in the Construction Lawyers Society of America
The American Institute of Architect’s Seventh Decennial Construction Documents Revisions and Their Potential Impact on the Construction Industry
Law firm can countersue ex-client for abuse of process, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Ten Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys recognized as 2017 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Cost of lawyer’s fraud falls on client, not third party, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Insurance co.’s duty to defend doesn’t include counterclaim: SJC rejects expansion of ‘in for one, in for all’ rule, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Door opened for SJC to review sidewalk liability, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
Eleven Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys recognized as 2016 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
How to Prevent Professional Liability Lawsuits, INSUREON BLOG
Professional Recognition: Super Lawyers, Boston Business Journal
Robert Stetson: Rising Star, Boston Business Journal
Ten Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys recognized as 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Six Bernkopf Goodman LLP attorneys selected for inclusion in 2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Editions
Four Tips for Drafting Personal Guarantees, Bloomberg BNA Corporate Counsel Weekly
Indemnity vs. Acceleration: The Importance of Post-Termination Clauses in Leases
Robert Stetson Joins Bernkopf Goodman