Bob Trout was born July 17, 1948 in Roanoke, Virginia. After graduating from Washington & Lee University in 1970, and University of Virginia School of Law in 1973, he joined the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney. After two years at the Criminal Division, Bob became an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served for four years. In 1979, Bob returned to Washington to practice at the firm of Dunnells, Duvall, Bennett & Porter. He became a partner in 1981.
In 1994, Bob became a partner in Holland & Knight following the merger of the Dunnells, Duvall firm into Holland & Knight. He left Holland & Knight in 1996 to form his own firm, Trout & Richards, with John Richards, another partner from Holland & Knight. The name of the firm was changed to Trout Cacheris when Plato Cacheris joined the firm in 2005. Since 2014, with the arrival of Dick Janis, the firm has been known as Trout Cacheris & Janis. Bob’s entire career has been focused on civil and criminal litigation and trial practice.
Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and he has served as a member as well as Chair of the College’s State Committee for the District of Columbia. One of the original members of the Steering Committee of the Litigation Section of the District of Columbia Bar, Bob served as Chair of the Litigation Section in 1984‐85. He previously served for six years, including one year as Chair, on the Attorney Grievance Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Bob is married to Janet Studley, who is also a lawyer. He has two sons, Carter (married to Lindsay) and Philip (married to Rachel Cotton), and three grandchildren (hopefully, more to come).