Robert J. Palmer - Partner

The large extent of Bob’s legal career has been with May Oberfell Lorber, joining the firm in 1982. He concentrates his practice on appellate law in state and federal Courts, providing experience and precision when working through the appeals process. Always looking to share information with others, Bob maintains an active Twitter feed and has taught an appellate law course at Notre Dame Law School for the past 20 years, where he and his students take actual cases to the Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Practice Areas

  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Personal Injury
  • Litigation

Professional Achievements

  • Successfully defended appeal of partial summary judgment based on opposing expert witness’s unreliable methodology
  • Successfully sought transfer to Indiana Supreme Court in case involving attempt to modify a Property Settlement Agreement
  • Successfully defended trial court order setting aside judgment

Professional Affiliations

  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Robert A. Grant Inn of Court

Civic Involvement

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Notre Dame Law School
  • Board Member, For The Children International Medical Missions, Inc.
  • Member of Corpus Christi School Board


  • Best Lawyers in America; 2012
  • Indiana Super Lawyers; 2009, 2007, 2005


  • State of Indiana
  • United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court


  • B.A. in Psychology from the University of Notre Dame, 1977
  • J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law, 1980

Personal Snapshot

  • Father of four, including two adopted children from the Philippines
  • Hockey fan
  • Committee member for drafting amendments to Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure
  • Has handled more than 300 appeals while with May Oberfell Lorber
  • Former law clerk for Honorable George B. Hoffman, Jr. Indiana Court of Appeals

Bob's Insights