Robert J. Williams

Robert J. Williams (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

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
•Listed as Leading Aviation Attorney by Aviation Expert Guides 2015
•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


07/30/2015 Schnader Recognizes Robert Williams and Nicole Reimann with Community Service and Pro Bono Awards

06/08/2015 Schnader's Aviation Group Again Ranked Among Top Firms in the United States

01/02/2015 Swooping in to Save the Day

10/01/2014 Robert Williams Appointed to Firm and DRI Leadership Positions

09/03/2013 Robert Williams Named Chair of the DRI Aviation Law Committee

09/18/2012 Robert Williams Reappointed Vice Chair of DRI's Aviation Law Committee

12/21/2011 Schnader Partner Robert J. Williams Noted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

11/10/2011 Robert Williams Appointed Vice Chair of DRI's Aerospace Law Committee

09/19/2011 Sixty-Eight Schnader Attorneys Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

09/02/2011 Robert Williams Appointed Vice Chair of Membership for DRI's Aerospace Law Committee

01/13/2011 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

09/28/2009 Two Schnader Attorneys Honored with 2009 Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Awards

02/15/2008 Williams Appointed as Representative for Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic

01/03/2006 Schnader Names Three New Partners

12/09/2005 Five Schnader Attorneys Honored as Pennsylvania Rising Stars

08/22/2005 Robert Williams Noted as Among Lawyers on the Fast Track



08/28/2014 Keeping You Current and Informed

06/20/2014 Aviation Safety Unfairly Attacked

08/01/2004 Daubert's Unwritten Mandate: Win in the District Court

01/01/1995 “A Problematic Gap in International Immigration Law: Sale v. Haitian Centers Council”


02/17/2015 Drone Propellers Aren't the Only Things Buzzing as the FAA Releases Proposed Regulations for the Commercial Operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems

07/27/2011 Florida Supreme Court Deepens Split of Authority on Meaning of Federal Limitation of Liability for Aircraft Owners and Lessors


10/16/2009 Pro Bono Newsletter Fall 2009


09/10/2015 Robert Williams to Present at Aviation Insurance Conference 2015

06/01/2015 Bob Williams to Speak at ACI's Aviation Claims & Litigation Conference

05/02/2015 Schnader Attorneys to Present at 2015 AIA Conference

10/17/2013 Criminalization of Foreign Aviation Accidents

08/09/2012 Schnader Attorneys Present Does Criminalization of Aviation Accidents Impact Safety?

04/22/2009 Taking and Defending Effective Depositions: Including a View From the Bench

11/06/2008 Navigating the Risks of Aerospace Product Liability

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Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

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

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
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
•American Bar Association, member
•Pennsylvania Bar Association, member
•Allegheny County Bar Association, member

Community Contributions

Community Contributions
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Contact Information

Contact Information
Firm Address
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Fifth Avenue Place, 120 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2700,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3001
Office Information
Office Information
Robert J. Williams
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
Fifth Avenue Place, 120 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2700,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3001

Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)