After graduating from Columbia College, serving in the Peace Corps in West Africa, working as a community organizer in East New York, and running a very successful wilderness-based outdoor education program at South Bronx High School, Bob embarked on a career as a television writer.
His first credit, "Malcolm Takes a Shot," was a CBS Schoolbreak Special that was nominated for the Humanitas Prize. After a number of years of near-constant rejection, Bob finally landed a freelance assignment on the Chuck Norris series "Walker, Texas Ranger." That assignment became a staff position and Bob ended up being the "on-set" producer for "Walker," serving as the liaison between the L.A. based network and writers and the Dallas based production staff. In addition, Bob wrote 23 original episodes of the series and did production rewrites on more than 100 episodes.
During the time he was on "Walker," Bob also wrote the pilot for the short-lived "Walker" spin-off, "Sons of Thunder," and a number of highly rated television movies.
After leaving "Walker," Bob took a job as the Supervising Producer on the final season of "Baywatch, Hawaii." That decision not only "forced" Bob to live in Hawaii, but also gave him hands-on experience running the writer's room.
Upon returning to the mainland, Bob's wife got pregnant with twins. In spite of having had considerable success as a writer/producer, Bob decided to hedge his bets and attended law school at night, while continuing to write during the day.
While in Law School, Bob was a member of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, received "Best Advocate" honors in the prestigious Scott Moot Court competition, and externed in the District Attorney's Office in Compton, where he tried 23 cases in juvenile court, and in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where he tried federal misdemeanor cases.
After graduating Cum Laude from Loyola Law School, Bob became a civil litigator, first at a Chicago-based international law firm and later and a mid-sized litigation boutique on the Westside of Los Angeles. During that time, he was named as a Southern California "Rising Star," a peer-nominated award that is given to less then 2% of lawyers in Southern California.
Recently, Bob decided to place his legal career on hold and to return full time to writing. He is currently working on a small independent feature based on "The Tattoo," an acclaimed Hawaiian novel about the dark side of paradise, and "Golden Dreams," an independent feature for the Vietnamese film market about the high cost of that nation's obsession with the precious metal. Additionally, he is working on the pilot for "Milltown," a limited run series in the vein of "Broadchurch" and "American Crime."
Name: Bob Gookin
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: TFE Productions
Occupation: Attorney (Non-Entertainment), Filmmaker, Producer and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Extensive production experience, legal expertise, and the ability to simultaneously change two diapers