Robert J. Williams

Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
Bob is chair of Schnader's Aviation Group and a trial attorney with two decades' experience representing global, national and regional companies in complex, high-stakes actions in federal and state courts, private and court-annexed arbitrations, and administrative agencies. He has substantial experience with a wide range of matters, including product liability, insurance coverage, claims handling and bad faith, construction, torts, property tax appeals, and commercial and business litigation. He also counsels companies on litigation avoidance strategies and risk management.

Bob is an aircraft owner and active private pilot, with an instrument rating and endorsements for high-performance and complex aircraft. He applies his practical and legal knowledge to the representation of virtually every type of aviation industry participant, including aircraft and component manufacturers, airports, air carriers and other commercial operators, repair stations, fixed base operators, pilots, flight instructors, mechanics and insurers. Bob was recently re-appointed to a second term as the chairman of the Aviation Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute.

He regularly speaks on diverse matters, and has recently given presentations covering the following subjects:

•Does Criminalization of Aviation Accidents Impact Safety?
•Reporting Requirements Under the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute
•Indemnity Clauses for Brokers and Insurers

Representative Aviation Experience
•As lead trial and appellate counsel for a major airline, obtained dismissal of claims asserted by trans-Atlantic passenger under the Montreal Convention that airline failed to provide adequate medical attention following discharge of smoke in cabin, causing respiratory arrest and distress, damage to internal organs, and mental trauma.

•Veterans Claims Administration Network, American Bar Association, pro bono attorney
•Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic: volunteer pilot, community representative
•Leadership Pittsburgh XXIV
•Pilots N Paws, volunteer pilot
•Veterans Airlift Command, volunteer pilot

•Honorable Thomas N. O'Neill, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Other Distinctions
•Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award recipient, 2009
•Named a 'Pennsylvania Rising Star' by the publishers of Law & Politics and Super Lawyers-2005
•Listing in Madison's Registry of Who's Who Among Professionals and Executives-2005
•Noted as among “Lawyers on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer-2005
•Bernard S. Cheskin Memorial Scholarship recipient
Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, managing editor
•Andrew Mellon Scholar

Swooping in to Save the Day
Robert Williams Appointed to Firm and DRI Leadership Positions
Robert Williams Named Chair of the DRI Aviation Law Committee
Robert Williams Reappointed Vice Chair of DRI's Aviation Law Committee
Schnader Partner Robert J. Williams Noted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Robert Williams Appointed Vice Chair of DRI's Aerospace Law Committee
Sixty-Eight Schnader Attorneys Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
Robert Williams Appointed Vice Chair of Membership for DRI's Aerospace Law Committee
Schnader Representing the State of Maryland and The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania in a Suit Filed Against the Federal Government Regarding a 2008 Medevac Crash
Two Schnader Attorneys Honored with 2009 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Awards
Williams Appointed as Representative for Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic
Schnader Names Three New Partners
Five Schnader Attorneys Honored as Pennsylvania Rising Stars
Robert Williams Noted as Among Lawyers on the Fast Track

Speaking Engagements
Criminalization of Foreign Aviation Accidents
Schnader Attorneys Present Does Criminalization of Aviation Accidents Impact Safety?
Taking and Defending Effective Depositions: Including a View From the Bench
Navigating the Risks of Aerospace Product Liability

Keeping You Current and Informed
Aviation Safety Unfairly Attacked
Daubert's Unwritten Mandate: Win in the District Court
“A Problematic Gap in International Immigration Law: Sale v. Haitian Centers Council”
Florida Supreme Court Deepens Split of Authority on Meaning of Federal Limitation of Liability for Aircraft Owners and Lessors
Pro Bono Newsletter Fall 2009

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Areas of Law

  • Aviation
  • Class Action
  • Construction Industry Practice
  • Product Liability
  • Creditors' Rights and Business Restructuring Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance Services
  • Litigation Services


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Admission Details

Admitted in 1995, Pennsylvania
1996, New Jersey
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of New Jersey

Law School Attended

Temple University Beasley School of Law
Class of 1995
magna cum laude

University Attended

University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1992

Birth Information

Born in 1970

Associations & Memberships

Professional Affiliations
•DRI Aviation Law Committee, chair, 2013-2015; vice-chair, 2011-2013; Membership Subcommittee chair, 2010-2011
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Robert J. Williams
Fifth Avenue Place 120 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2700,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3001


Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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