Robert P. Trout
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
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).