Robert D. Raver is an associate attorney at Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC with a practice spanning all aspects of matrimonial law, including equitable distribution, custody and support. Bob negotiates and drafts prenuptial, postnuptial, property settlement and marriage settlement agreements. Additionally, as a certified collaborative lawyer, he helps clients avoid litigation by identifying interests, motivations and positions, ultimately crafting settlements specific to their needs.
Bob started his Pollock Begg career as a law clerk in May 2011 and became an associate attorney in October 2012. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Allegheny County Bar Association, and he participates in the Family Law Section and Young Lawyers Division of the ACBA. In 2015, Bob was elected to a three-year term on the ACBA Family Law Section Council.
A natural writer and lecturer, Bob frequently authors articles and speaks on family law topics. He serves as a co-editor for Pennsylvania Family Lawyer, the official quarterly publication of the PBA, and he has contributed many case notes to the Family Lawyer. Bob wrote and presented the Equitable Distribution Case Law Updates at the 2014 Pennsylvania Bar Association Winter Meeting. Since 2013, Bob has co-authored and taught Tax Aspects of Separation and Divorce along with Partner David Pollock. He also co-authored ethics material with Partner Daniel Glasser for the National Business Institute. Additionally, Bob has lectured on family law for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s CLE for the Busy Lawyer.
Bob received his Juris Doctor from the Duquesne University School of Law, where he served as a member of the Family Law Society. He remains an active member of the alumni association and he currently judges first-year oral arguments. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Penn State Behrend.
During his law school tenure, Bob took trial advocacy with the Honorable Jeffery A. Manning. He received awards for his participation in the Civil and Family Justice Law Clinic at Duquesne and the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Bob was the recipient of Duquesne Law’s Outstanding Oral Argument Award.
Prior to becoming an associate at Pollock Begg, Bob worked as a research assistant in the legal research and writing department at Duquesne University. He also served as a certified legal intern for the Allegheny County law department, concentrating in matters of child support and family law.
Bob counterbalances his hours spent in the office and courtroom by participating in a wide range of outdoor and fitness activities, including cycling, strength training and running. He spends the summer months traveling around to regional cycling races, and he also races weekly at the Bud Harris Cycling Track. Bob grew up playing hockey and is a deeply devoted fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Go Pens!