Robert P. Schuster, P.C.
Bob Schuster is a trial lawyer nationally honored for his achievements in complex cases.
Mr. Schuster’s practice concentrates on complex commercial litigation, white collar criminal defense, and selected personal injury cases.
He is recognized as one of the outstanding lawyers in the country by The Best Lawyers in America in both Commercial and Personal Injury Litigation.
Mr. Schuster won the largest jury verdict for personal injury damages in Wyoming history: $17.5 Million. He obtained the largest wrongful death settlements in Wyoming history, cases against Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. that were settled before trial for a confidential amount. He also obtained what is believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in the history of New Mexico and one of the largest in the United States, in excess of $100 Million.
Mr. Schuster’s law office is located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, but his practice is nationwide. He has taken on clients’ cases from most states in the nation, including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming.
Bob Schuster was born in St. Louis in 1945, and raised in Casper, Wyoming. A 1963 graduate of Natrona County High School in Casper, Schuster went on to Yale College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in American Studies in 1967. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1970 as valedictorian. While a law student at the University of Wyoming, he undertook a year-long study of damage awards provided to private landowners when the government condemned land through eminent domain proceedings. He determined that damage awards were inadequate and they failed to compensate the injured landowners for significant types of losses to which they were entitled. The results of this research were published in two law review articles, Eminent Domain: Determination of Compensable Interests through Classification of Executory Contracts,” 4 Land and Water Review 209 (1969); “The Doctrine of Consequential Loss as Affected by Valuation Formulas,” 4 Land and Water Law Review 539 (1969).
After graduating from law school, Schuster was honored as an Urban Law Fellow by the Ford Foundation. The fellowship included summer study at New York University School of Law and the Bureau of the Budget for the City of New York in Manhattan. He then attended Harvard Law School as a Ford Fellow and was awarded a master’s degree in law (LL.M.) in 1971. His master’s thesis at Harvard, “Discovery: A Study of Procedural Reform,” analyzed the development of the pretrial discovery provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Although those rules were intended to bring greater fairness and efficiency to the pretrial stage of litigation, he concluded they disproportionately benefited wealthier and more powerful litigants.
After finishing his legal studies, Schuster returned to Wyoming and was admitted to the Wyoming Bar in 1971. He has been active in civic and community affairs. He was president of the Natrona County United Way in 1974 and served on the Board of Trustees of the University of Wyoming from 1985 to 1989. He was a member of the Board of Visitors of the UW College of Arts and Sciences from 1991 to 2000 and was the chair and secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Wyoming Selection Committee from 1989 to 1998. He formed the Wyoming Public Policy Forum, an economic development policy group, which issued its report “For Wyoming’s Future: An Economic Development Plan for the People of Wyoming” in 1998. In 1998 he formed the Wind River Reservation Economic Advisory Council.
Schuster has also been active in the Democratic Party. He was a political columnist for the “Casper Star Tribune,” Wyoming’s statewide newspaper, from 1987 to 1994. Schuster was the Democratic nominee for Wyoming’s sole seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. From 1992 to 2000, Schuster was a member of the Democratic National Committee and served on the Executive Committee of the Wyoming Democratic Party.
Bob’s daughter, Susan, is a chef in Oakland, California. Prior to receiving the Grand Diplôme in Pastry and Cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2005, Susan graduated from high school at Phillips Exeter Academy and received her undergraduate degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale College. Susan graduated from Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C., in May 2003 and received an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. In the summers of 2001 and 2002, she worked at The Hague with Attorney John Ackerman to defend a civilian before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.