Robert Dorton has been a lawyer since 2002 and has practiced Social Security Disability law for the majority of his legal career. Robert has practiced in the Social Security field at various nonprofit organizations; in solo practice; as local counsel for multiple national law firms; and as an associate at private law firms. He has served a diverse clientele during his career and has developed particular expertise working with clients living with HIV/AIDS; mental health disabilities; refugees and immigrants; and members of the LGBTQ+ communities.
Robert was born and raised in rural Iowa. He obtained his JD degree in 2002 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was heavily involved in clinical legal education at the East Bay Community Law Center. He earned his BA in History and Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1998. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and California. He lives in Chicago with his husband, who is designer, brand strategist, and creative director. When he is not in court, Robert enjoys reading, cooking, going to the beach, and playing rugby with the Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club.