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Rob Hauser is a partner at Pankauski Hauser Lazarus PLLC in West Palm Beach, Florida.  He has been a litigation attorney in West Palm Beach since 1997.  Mr. Hauser is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell and listed as a “Top Lawyer” in business litigation by South Florida Legal Guide, and as a “Super Lawyer” in Appellate Practice by Florida Super Lawyers Magazine.  Mr. Hauser has been listed in the The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Appellate Practice.

Since June 1, 2009, Mr. Hauser has been designated as a Board Certified Specialist by The Florida Bar in Appellate Practice. Mr. Hauser has personally handled over 125 cases in the Fourth District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach, in addition to bankruptcy appeals and cases in all other Florida district courts of appeal, the Supreme Court of Florida, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  He remains available to consult regarding litigation and pending or potential appeals in state, federal, or bankruptcy courts. Mr. Hauser offers trial and appellate support to clients and our co-counsel in almost any area of law, including family law, class actions, probate/trust disputes, business disputes, professional negligence/malpractice, real estate disputes, insurance disputes, discovery disputes, attorneys’ fee disputes, and arbitration issues.


Rob Hauser graduated from Duke University (B.A. 1991) and the University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1995 with High Honors).  Prior to working in private practice, Mr. Hauser was a law clerk at the Third District Court of Appeal in Miami from 1995-1996.  From 1997 to 2014, Mr. Hauser was a shareholder at a small West Palm Beach litigation boutique. The cases he handled included disputes in the medical, legal, probate, trust and business fields, including disputes in arbitration, state courts, federal courts, and on appeal. He has handled appeals for both plaintiffs and defendants on a broad variety of matters, including complex business disputes, business breakups, bankruptcy appeals, family law, trust disputes and guardianship disputes.  Mr. Hauser has personally argued cases in all five Florida District Courts of Appeal, in the Supreme Court of Florida, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  In addition to his expertise in appeals, he has represented clients in complex business matters in state and federal trial courts, including health care litigation, contract disputes and partnership disputes.


Michael L. Seigel, Robert J. Hauser, and Allison Sirica, An Unsettling Outcome: Why the Supreme Court was Wrong to Ban all Settlement Evidence in Saleeby v. Rocky Elson Construction, Inc., 3 So. 3d 1078 (Fla. 2009), 21 U. Fla. J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 339 (Dec. 2010).

Robert J. Hauser, Raymond E. Kramer, III, Patricia A. Leonard, Re-examining the Presumption in Favor of Arbitration in Complex Commercial Cases, The Florida Bar Journal (March 2010).

Robert J. Hauser, Raymond E. Kramer, III, Patricia A. Leonard, Is Expert Testimony Really Needed in Attorneys’ Fees Litigation? Island Hoppers‘ Call for Change and Other Ways to Reduce the Burdens of Fees Hearings, The Florida Bar Journal (January 2003).