About Robert J. Williams
Bob is an aircraft owner and active private pilot, with an instrument rating and endorsements for high-performance and complex aircraft....
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 recently completed a second term as the chairman of the Aviation Law Committee of the Defense Research Institute.
According to The Legal 500, Mr. Williams is recognized for his 'in-depth knowledge of product liability claims and the aviation sector' coupled with 'the ability to rapidly and strategically respond to procedural differences in various jurisdictions.'
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
•Aviation Insurance Coverage Differences Among State Laws
•Personal Jurisdiction over Foreign Corporations in the Wake of Daimler
•“So, you want to fly a drone?”
Bob also serves as a member of the firm's Associates Professional Development Committee and Retreat Committee.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
Representative Aviation and Product Liability 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.
•As lead trial and appellate counsel for a major metropolitan airport authority, obtained dismissal of eminent domain and civil rights claims brought by owner and operator of corporate jets over ownership of hangar and related facilities erected on the field.
•Co-lead trial counsel for claims asserted in federal court by aircraft owner and Part 135 operator against major international business jet manufacturer arising out of damages allegedly caused by factory service center during engine performance runs.
•Defended engine manufacturer in wrongful death action arising out of crash of an E-2C Hawkeye aircraft in the Arabian Gulf during Operation Enduring Freedom.
•Lead counsel for aviation engine component designer, manufacturer and overhauler in multiple crash cases involving fatalities and permanent injuries in multiple jurisdictions.
•Co-counsel for one of the world's leading aircraft engine manufacturers in nationwide litigation arising from a variety of military and civilian helicopter crashes.
•Lead counsel for holder of supplemental type certificate for major engine, propeller and airframe modifications in crash involving fatalities of prominent businessman and flight instructor.
•Defense of state police and helicopter EMS operator for claims arising out of crash involving multiple fatalities, and related prosecution of claims against federal government for alleged deficiencies in air traffic control.
•Defense of the country's largest helicopter EMS operator for claims arising out of crash involving fatalities and multiple permanent disabilities and injuries.
•Defense of fixed base operator alleged to have been responsible for loss of aircraft pressurization that resulted in crash killing prominent businessman and his spouse. Designed and supervised flight testing and simulations that were instrumental in negotiation of favorable settlement below cost of defense.
•Engineered substantial recovery on behalf of general contractor and project manager in action against defaulting subcontractor and surety in the construction of $750 million passenger terminal building of major hub airport.
•Counsel for one of the world's leading component manufacturers in actions arising from the fatal crash of an Army Air National Guard helicopter.
Representative Commercial Experience
•Lead defense counsel for global water treatment systems designer and manufacturer against claims arising out of $300 million construction of 710 megawatt and 1 million pph generation facility.
•Co-lead trial counsel for prosecution of trademark infringement, theft of trade secrets and unfair business competition claims in federal court on behalf of international designer and manufacturer of industrial steam generation equipment.
•Obtained multiple verdicts and judgments in favor of condominium council officers on breach of fiduciary duty and discrimination claims in related state and federal actions, including recovery of 100% of clients' attorneys' fees and costs of almost $400, 000. Subsequently identified and played a key role in recovery of almost $3 million in assets that were fraudulently transferred to avoid satisfaction of clients' judgments.
•Lead defense counsel for world's largest cable, telecommunications and broadcast company in multiple actions involving real estate, contract and employment/agency claims.
•Successfully resolved class action filed against regional medical clinic for alleged Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims, inter alia, by proving lack of culpable intent, absence of requisite commonality and public health mandate as defense.
•Obtained defense verdict as lead trial counsel for site preparation contractor on fraud and lien avoidance claims arising out of construction of storage facility and apartment complex.
•Obtained defense verdict as lead trial counsel for insured in personal injury action involving staged accident and fraudulent medical claims by reputed member of organized crime syndicate.
•Reuben v. US Airways, 500 Fed. Appx. 103 (3d Cir. 2012)
•In Re Kartman, 354 B.R. 70 (W.D.Pa. 2006)
•McCabe v. State Farm, 36 F. Supp. 2d 666 (E.D.Pa. 1999)
•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
•Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
•Listed as Leading Aviation Attorney by Aviation Expert Guides 2015, 2016
•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
David Dziengowski Pins on Rank of Lieutenant Commander in JAG Corps
Schnader's Aviation Group, Litigation Department Recognized by Corporate America
Schnader's Aviation Group Nationally Ranked by Legal 500 USA for Fifth Consecutive Year
Schnader Attorneys Named “Top Aviation Lawyers” by Institutional Investor
Schnader Associate Lee C. Schmeer Pins on Rank of Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserve
Schnader's Aviation Group Ranked Nationally by Chambers USA
Schnader Receives Pennsylvania Youth Court Champion Award
Partner Robert J. Williams Invited to Join International Association of Defense Counsel
Robert Williams Named Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Robert Williams Featured by Allegheny County Bar Association for Community Service
Pittsburgh Attorneys Lead Constitution and Youth Court Projects at Local Charter School
Schnader Recognizes Robert Williams and Nicole Reimann with Community Service and Pro Bono Awards
Schnader's Aviation Group Again Ranked Among Top Firms in the United States
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
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”
Drone Propellers Aren't the Only Things Buzzing as the FAA Releases Proposed Regulations for the Commercial Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems
Florida Supreme Court Deepens Split of Authority on Meaning of Federal Limitation of Liability for Aircraft Owners and Lessors
Pro Bono Newsletter Fall 2009
Robert Williams to Speak at PBI Program on Drones
Robert Williams to Present at Aviation Insurance Conference 2015
Bob Williams to Speak at ACI's Aviation Claims & Litigation Conference
Schnader Attorneys to Present at 2015 AIA Conference
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