Robert was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 21, 1959. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in November 1986 and, subsequently, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Northern District and Central District of Illinois.
Robert received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1981. He received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1986.
High school baseball coach and member of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association.