Best & Flanagan


Robert D. Maher


Bob Maher spent his entire legal career with Best & Flanagan, until he passed away in January 2016. He began as an associate in the firm’s litigation section and then transitioned as a partner into the private wealth planning group.  He was a highly skilled estate planner and advisor whose clients benefitted from his unique blend of intellect, practicality and loyalty.  Bob was also a seasoned trial lawyer, specializing in estate and fiduciary litigation.  His skill, tenacity and wit as a litigator earned him the respect and admiration of judges and adversaries alike, many of whom he counted as friends.

Bob received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1986. After working for Congressman Bill Frenzel in Washington, D.C., he attended the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated, cum laude, in 1991.  He worked as a summer associate at Best & Flanagan in 1990 and joined the firm as an associate in the fall of 1991.

Throughout his career, Bob gave the firm the gift of his leadership, wisdom and mentorship. A long-time member of the firm’s Executive Committee, he served as Managing Partner of the firm from 2011 through 2015.

Bob leaves an enormous legacy at Best & Flanagan as a lawyer, colleague, leader and friend. His passing is a huge loss to the Best & Flanagan family, who loved him well and will miss him for many years to come.


  • University of Minnesota, J.D., cum laude, 1991
  • University of Minnesota, B.A., English, summa cum laude, 1986