Robert has been practicing law in Panama City and the Surrounding areas for 12 years. He grew up in the Memphis, Tennessee area and is the son of a Bay County native. Robert spent much of his summer vacations split between the beautiful shores of Panama City Beach and the small town life of Wewahitchka visiting family. It was these summer vacations that shaped his desire to live and work in our beautiful community.
Robert earned his Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Florida before moving on to Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville to receive his Juris Doctorate. After a short Certified Legal Internship in the Jacksonville Public Defender’s Office, Robert accepted a position with the Bay County Public Defender’s Office here in Panama City.
After many years of helping the less fortunate, Robert felt the need and desire to provide help to the families in the community in which he lived, so he went into private practice to work at The Virga Law Firm in the Spring of 2016. Robert understands that going through a divorce or child custody battle can be a stressful time for a client and he strives to make the experience as painless as possible. Robert is a member of the St. Andrew’s Bay Inn of Court and since joining the firm Robert has been recognized as a 2017 member of the Lawyers of Distinction in Family and Divorce. Robert recognizes that each of his clients has their own set of goals for their case and will work tirelessly to achieve those goals. Robert has spent the last 12 years honing his skills in the courtroom in both jury and non-jury trials, and will not back down in a courtroom.
It’s always been Robert’s philosophy to help those in and around the community you live in, and with the Bay County Public Defender’s Office he was able to provide help to those less fortunate protect their constitutional right to a legal defense.
When Robert is not in the courtroom, you may catch him enjoying the natural beauty of the Shell Island area, Econfina Creek, or Panama City Beach. Robert is also a huge college sports fan and often travels to see the Gators play football, basketball, and baseball among other sports. Robert enjoys giving back to the community, he participates in multiple charity events throughout the community, such as: Toys for Kids, Corks and Canvases, and Bowling for Kid’s Sake. Robert is a member of the St. Andrew’s School Advisory Board and is always an enthusiastic volunteer for the charity works the Virga Law Firm hosts.