In Memory of Robert W. Ohnesorge
April 21, 1969 – August 1, 2008
Partner – Colleague – Friend
Lost but Never Forgotten
Robb passed away tragically on Friday, the 1st of August 2008, due to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident in Houston, Texas. He was 39 years old. Robb was born in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated in 1987 from Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz, Texas. A brilliant legal mind, Robb graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Texas Tech University in 1991 and magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center in 1996. Among his educational honors and affiliations, Robb was a member of the Order of the Coif and Order of the Barons and a recipient of the Griggs & Harrison Award, the American Jurisprudence Award, the Corpus Juris Secundum Award and the Claude V. Bridges Scholarship in Philosophy. Robb will be remembered as a tenacious and loyal trial attorney to all his clients and colleagues. Admitted to practice in all Texas state and federal courts, Robb represented clients on various intricate and challenging cases. He began his legal career at Liddell, Sapp, Zivley, Hill & LaBoon in the fall of 1996 where he successfully represented numerous Fortune 500 and other noteworthy clients in multiple complex commercial litigation matters. In 1999, Robb co-founded PowerBrief, a web-based legal software company. In 2002, Robb joined the law firm of Harrison, Bettis, Staff, McFarland & Weems, L.L.P., where he later became a partner. He was a member of the Houston Bar Association, American Bar Association and in 2004 chaired the Marketing Committee for the Houston Young Lawyers Association. Due to Robb’s leadership, the Texas Young Lawyers Association honored and awarded the Marketing Committee for its outstanding “Committee Fair” project. A former professional tennis player, Robb had a captivating and exciting personal life. He especially enjoyed traveling with friends, throwing and attending parties for any and all occasions, technology and gadgets, playing ping pong, owning and driving performance cars, sitting around telling jokes and riding his motorcycle. He attended Second Baptist Church. Known to his close friends as “Brotha Robb” and “Daddy”, he touched the lives of so many people and the loss that is felt is indescribable.
In memory of Robb, friends and family have established the “Robert W. Ohnesorge Men’s Tennis Endowment” which will fund men’s tennis scholarships at Texas Tech in perpetuity. Robb was an avid tennis player and began his college career on a tennis scholarship at Texas Tech University. If you are interested in contributing to the endowment, you may send a check payable to the “Texas Tech Foundation” and mail it to Allison Martin at Harrison Bettis. Please indicate in the memo line of the check that it is for the “Robert W. Ohnesorge Men’s Tennis Endowment.”