Robert J. Shilts, M.A.
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Robert J. Shilts, M.A.


Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Phone: 502-412-5020 or
866-672-9667 (Toll-Free)
Fax: 502-412-1004

Robert J. Shilts, M.A.

As a Partner at Gazak Brown, P.S.C. (formerly Darby and Gazak, P.S.C.), Rob handles complex medical malpractice claims, correctional healthcare litigation, and a variety of complex civil litigation matters in both state and federal court.  Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Rob moved to Louisville to attend Bellarmine University (then Bellarmine College).   After graduating from Bellarmine magna cum laude, he was awarded an English-Speaking Union Scholarship at Exeter College in Oxford, England.  Rob then taught high school at St. Francis High School in Louisville for two years before moving to Maryland to attend graduate school and law school.


In law school, Rob worked full-time as a law clerk at Clark & Steinborn, P.C. while attending classes at night. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2005, and has been practicing in Kentucky since moving back to Louisville in 2006.  Rob is admitted to practice in the state of Kentucky, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  He has been recognized as a Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star from 2016-2018, and as a Kentucky Super Lawyer from 2019-present.


Rob served on the Bellarmine University Alumni Board of Directors for six years, and was President from 2010-2011.  He also served as a Bellarmine University Alumni Mentor from 2009 to the present.


In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.  He also enjoys travel, outdoor activities, reading, and, of course, cheering on the Bellarmine Knights, the Maryland Terrapins, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Areas of Practice

    • 75% Medical Malpractice Defense
    • 25% Correctional Healthcare Defense

Litigation Percentage

    • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

    • Kentucky, 2006
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, 2006
    • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 2006
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2008


    • University of Maryland School of Law, Baltimore, Maryland
      • J.D. cum laude – 2005
    • University of Maryland, College Park, M.A. 2001
      • Theater History and Criticism
    • Bellarmine University, Louisville, Kentucky
      • B.A. magna cum laude – 1998
      • Honors: English-speaking Union Scholarship at Exeter College in Oxford, England
      • Major: English

Representative Clients

    • Southern Health Partners
    • Ironshore
    • Beazley Group
    • Hudson Insurance Group

Honors & Awards

    • Martindale-Hubble Rating: A/V top rating obtainable
    • Kentucky Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2018
    • Kentucky Super Lawyer, 2019-present

Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Kentucky Bar Association, 2006-present

Past Employment Positions

    • Clark & Steinhorn, P.C., Law Clerk, 2001-2005


    • English

Find Out How We Can Help

If you are facing a malpractice claim, speak to a member of Gazak Brown, P.S.C., today.
We can help you determine the right approach to take in your case.