Hugh M. Robert graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Tulsa (BA '94). He focuses on complex litigation cases including business transactions and tort, business dissolution, oil & gas, nursing home/medical negligence, real estate transactions, and condemnation. He also represents and works with over 50 non-profit foundations and organizations advising them on state and federal compliance issues, policy and procedure best practices, intellectual property and licensing, and board governance issues. Hugh attended the Georgetown Law 28th annual Representing and Managing Tax Exempt Organizations seminar and again at the 30th annual seminar. He does private mediations on various types of cases including business torts, business disputes, business dissolutions, contract disputes, personal injury, and non-profit/homeowners association disputes.
While at the University of Tulsa College of Law, he served as Articles Editor for the peer-reviewed Energy Law Journal. He was a member of the Phi Delta Phi honors fraternity. He was on the Dean's honor roll and held several offices in the Law & Medicine Society. He received a number of awards including the Outstanding Service Award from the Law & Medicine Society, Phi Delta Phi Professional Responsibility Award, and Cali Awards (highest grade) in Mental Health Disability Law, Civil Procedure, Pre-Trial Practice, and Professional Responsibility. He also received the Martin H. Belsky Award in Public Interest Law for his demonstrated commitment in the areas of public service, diversity, religious respect and promotion of constitutional values in 2008.
He has published "Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT): What Is It and Why Should My Exempt Organizational Clients Care?" in The Oklahoma Bar Journal, Vol. 83, No. 14, May 19, 2012, pgs 1237-1240, Lessons of Prudhoe Bay: An Examination of Low-Stress Pipelines Regulations in the American Bar Association Energy Committee Newsletter (Vol. 5, No. 3, p. 10-13, June 2008). He has also published “Hot Coffee, A Review of the Hot Documentary of the Summer” in the Advocate (the Journal of the Oklahoma Association for Justice), vol. 42, no. 3, Fall 2011, “Ballot Initiative” in the Advocate, vol. 41, no. 3, Fall 2010, "A Thumbnail of Prospective v. Retroactive Application" in the Advocate, vol. 41, no.1, Spring 2010, and “Election 2010: How and Why to Be Involved?” in the Advocate, vol. 40, no. 1, Winter 2009. He presented his paper on “Involuntary Representation” to the American Association for Justice Nursing Home Litigation Group (Sept. 2010); presented to the Oklahoma Bar Association Nursing Home Litigation CLE on “proving Common Nursing Home Claims- Pressure Ulcers, Falls, and Wandering” (Nov. 2010); and co-chaired/presented at the Tulsa County Bar Association Seminar on “Medicine for Lawyers” and presented a legislative update (2011). He taught Elder Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Tulsa College of Law (2012.) Most recently Hugh presented to the Tulsa County Bar Association on "Non-profits, what is your exposure" (2013).
He founded and served as Executive Director of the non-profit organization Oklahoma Center for Consumer & Patient Safety, now OKWatchdog, a 501(c)(3) organization. He was responsible for the identification of policies and practices that impact consumer and patient safety and bring about change in those areas. He was awarded the Consumer Advocate of the Year by the Oklahoma Association for Justice in 2007. Prior to founding OKWatchdog, he worked at MCI Telecommunications as a manager over international service delivery teams in Chicago, Tulsa, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Iron Gate, board of directors of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Secretary to the Alumni Board for the University of Tulsa College of Law, CLE Chair for the Hudson Hall Wheaton Inns of Court, and Membership Committee Chair of the Tulsa County Bar Association. Hugh is the co-founder of Lawyers Fighting Hunger, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) foundation that raises money to help feed the hungry. He also serves as the President on the International Board of Directors of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity and board member on the Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund.
He was awarded The University of Tulsa College of Law Distinguished Young Alumni in 2010. He received Iron Gate’s Volunteer of the Year award and volunteer under 40 award in 2011. He was named as a "Power Attorney" in 2013 by the Tulsa Business & Legal News.
Hugh is a member of the Tulsa County Bar Association, Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, and Hudson Hall Wheaton Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He is admitted in Oklahoma, all Federal Courts in Oklahoma, the Cherokee Tribal Court, and Osage Tribal Court. He also serves the Tulsa County courts as an adjunct settlement judge. Hugh is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating from this national attorney rating service.