Robert A. Moore


  • University of Virginia, School of Law - J.D., 1982
  • University of California, Berkeley - A.B., 1977, Phi Beta Kappa

Practice Experience

Robert Moore, who retired December 2016, was with Bullivant Houser Bailey for more than 20 years. Inquiries about cases or areas of practice Robert was handling should be directed to Michael Ratoza at

Before joining Bullivant, Robert served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of an American Stock Exchange traded biotechnology company and oversaw an extensive intellectual property portfolio of over one hundred U.S. and foreign patents and patent applications, and U.S. and foreign trademarks, organized joint ventures in South America and Asia, and conducted stock offerings in the U.S. and foreign markets. Robert has represented both publicly traded and privately held companies representing many different businesses and industries. Often in the role of "outside general counsel" for emerging companies, he assisted small businesses with all types of legal issues, from the analysis of the most beneficial form of business entity to ongoing corporate and business issues, including issuance of equity securities, debt financing, employment and consulting agreements, partnership and joint venture agreements, shareholder buy-sell agreements, and intellectual property issues such as analysis and registration of trademarks and copyrights, software and website development and licensing, and e-commerce and Internet law issues.

Robert's representation of both small and large businesses included advice, oversight, and negotiation of employment law matters, including hiring, termination, discrimination, harassment, and benefits issues, involving both litigation and settlement; preparation of documentation regarding a wide range of corporate activity, including purchase and sale agreements, license agreements, product development and research agreements, distribution and supply agreements, real and personal property leases, and documentation of various types of acquisition and merger transactions; and advice in regard to various intellectual property matters, including trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection.

Robert has extensive experience in federal and state securities matters. This included representation of issuers and underwriters in initial and secondary public offerings under the Securities Act of 1933; representation of companies in private placements of securities under Regulation D, Regulation S, and other exempt transactions involving debt and equity securities; qualification or exemption under state blue sky laws; preparation of stock incentive plans, qualified and non-qualified employee stock option agreements, employee stock purchase plans, phantom stock plans, and other employee incentive arrangements; preparation and filing of annual, quarterly, and current reports under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Robert gave advice to officers and directors of public companies regarding Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and related transaction restrictions and reporting obligations. He also advised broker-dealers in regard to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and applicable state laws, and investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

Having served as the Corporate Secretary of an American Stock Exchange listed company, Robert advised and assisted clients in all aspects of corporate secretary functions, including documentation of actions by boards of directors, shareholder relations, stocks and stock benefit plan records and systems and proxy solicitation.

Awards and Honors

  • AV® Preeminent™, Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2017 — Business Organizations)