Robert H. Hollencamp – DBA’s October Rising Star

Written by:  Michelle T. Sundgaard

Robert H. Hollencamp never questioned whether he would be attorney. He knew his path since he was a young boy when his father and local attorney, the late Art Hollencamp, carved his fate into stone. As a third generation Dayton attorney, Robert learned how to practice law from his time at Hollencamp & Hollencamp, where he began learning the family business in law school as a law clerk. Although Robert ultimately knew that he would be a lawyer, it was up to him to follow the path that his father paved for him.

As a native Daytonian, Robert is a true Dayton Flyer. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 2005 and continued on to the University of Dayton School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate in 2008. During basketball season, Rob’s red and blue colors shine in the office and in the stands at UD Arena, and his free time is spent cheering on the Dayton Flyers and spending time with his wife and son.

Robert immediately started working as an associate for Hollencamp & Hollencamp after law school and learned the practice of law with hands on training from the best – his dad and mentor, Art. As a colleague of Robert’s, I sometimes feel like I was right there with him as he learned from his mentor. Then, I realize it is only because Robert trains me in the same ways that he was trained by his dad. There are days when he will walk into my office and say, “Hey Rook! (Rookie) Tell me what is wrong with this Complaint. What is this motion missing? What claims need to be added to this?” Even though he already may know the answer, he puts me on the spot to see if I know or can efficiently figure it out. If I don’t know, then he explains the correct answer to me. Then, when he is done, he might tell me a story about how his father would give him pop quizzes or redline an entire Motion until he had it right.

From the pop quizzes and redlined motions, I learned that quality of work is incredibly important to Robert Hollencamp – something that all lawyers should strive for. There is a quote by Orison Swett Marden that sets forth Robert’s outlook as an attorney: “The quality of your work, in the long run, is the deciding factor on how much your services are valued by the world.”

Not only is Robert an incredibly hard worker, he is a smart worker. He takes pride in producing good quality work, he takes pride in getting the best result for his clients, but more importantly, he takes pride in the work that it takes to achieve good quality and success for his clients. It is no secret that his services are truly valued by his clients.

Robert has been with the law firm Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling since February 2015. With ten years of experience, Robert is in the firm’s Litigation Department and focuses his practice in collections, civil litigation, receiverships, bankruptcy, and foreclosures, among other areas within civil matters. A significant portion of Robert’s practice includes collections, which often involves investigating assets and aggressively pursuing all avenues for recovery. Again, this is where his smart, quality work leads to success for his clients, and often for other clients of the firm. Matthew Sorg, a partner with Pickrel, Schaeffer & Ebeling likes to use the phrase: “We will put a Hollencamp on them!” Which ultimately means that Robert will diligently work to investigate the assets of the debtor or defendant so our client can recover the amount he or she is entitled to.

For many years and for many people in the Dayton legal community, to “put a Hollencamp on them” usually meant a phone call to Art Hollencamp. Robert often talks about the legal and nonlegal lessons that Art taught him over the years. Continuing to follow in his father’s footsteps, Robert passes down those important lessons to those in the office, and we always listen because we see how they have shaped him as a lawyer and as a person. Robert is a member of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court and continues to serve as a successful litigator in Dayton. This community is fortunate to have generations and generations of great, hard working lawyers that are so dedicated to the practice of law, dedicated to their quality of work, and dedicated to their clients.


AUTHOR: Jan Burden