Born and raised in Omaha, Bob attended Creighton Prep High School where he graduated in 1978. He then attended Creighton University graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1982 and summa cum laude with a Juris Doctorate in 1985.
He began working for McGrath, North, O’Malley & Kratz (now McGrath, North, Mullin & Kratz) in 1983 handling primarily corporate, tax and securities matters. In January 1986 he joined his father, Jim Knowles, Sr., at Knowles Law Firm and since then has focused his practice on personal injury cases.
He has tried cases in both state and federal courts and was selected as one of the top 100 litigation lawyers in Nebraska for 2014 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. Less than 1.5 percent of lawyers nationally are selected for this recognition.He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest rating an attorney can obtain. He was also selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a 2019 Top Rated Lawyer.
Bob and his wife, Maria, were married in 1983 and have 3 children. Their two oldest, Christina and Bobby, graduated from Creighton Law School, and both work for the firm. Their youngest, Elaina, is a nurse anesthetist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Bob is the past president of the Touchdown Club of Nebraska, which at the time, was the largest booster organization for the University of Nebraska football. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He also loves to travel, especially overseas.