Robert Shaw focuses his practice on administrative law, including litigation of health care and tax controversies. Mr. Shaw has represented clients in a broad range of litigation matters, including health care provider controversies, tax disputes, and constitutional litigation.

Robert Shaw focuses his practice on administrative law, including litigation of health care and tax controversies. Mr. Shaw has represented clients in a broad range of litigation matters, including health care provider controversies, tax disputes, and constitutional litigation.

Mr. Shaw's experience has included cases before the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings, North Carolina Business Court, U.S. District Court, North Carolina Superior Court, North Carolina Court of Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Before joining Williams Mullen, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Mr. Shaw is a member of the North Carolina Society of Healthcare Attorneys and the Section of Taxation for the American Bar Association, including the State and Local Tax Subcommittee.  He is a founding steering committee member of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Institute for Professional in Taxation.

He is a member of the board of trustees for the North Carolina Supreme Court Historical Society and a board member of the Carolinas Chapter of the Vatican Patrons of the Arts. He also serves on the steering committees for the North Carolina Opera’s Pulse and the Occoneechee Council’s young professionals group.

A graduate of Wake Forest University, Mr. Shaw earned his B.S., magna cum laude, in mathematical economics as a Presidential and Carswell Scholar. He holds an A.M. degree from Duke University and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where Mr. Shaw was a Chancellor’s Scholar and graduated with honors. Mr. Shaw is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. In 2004, he was named the University of North Carolina School of Law Pro Bono Law Student of the Year. Mr. Shaw is an Eagle Scout.

  • Represented individual involved in a wrongful termination of employee benefits under ERISA case in federal court. Case was later appealed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Litigated several corporate income tax cases before the Office of Administrative Hearings.
  • Defended online travel companies in a case a class action case filed on behalf of all North Carolina jurisdictions levying occupancy taxes.  At issue was whether or not fees for online travel bookings were subject to occupancy taxes.  Williams Mullen worked as North Carolina counsel with national lead counsel and four other law firms to defend the case.    Williams Mullen litigated the case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and later handled the appeal to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
  • Defended university against FERPA claim brought by the parent of a student arising from the student's performance at the university.
  • Defended insurance company in employee benefits dispute over coverage for a governmental employee benefits plan.  Case settled.