Robert J. Williams

Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
Bob is co-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

AREAS OF EXPERIENCE

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.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
•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

Clerkships
• 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

ATTORNEY NEWS
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

Events
06/21/2012 Schnader's Whitson and Winkelman Attend DRI's 10th Annual Appellate Advocacy Seminar

ATTORNEY PUBLICATIONS

Articles
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 Alerts
07/27/2011 Florida Supreme Court Deepens Split of Authority on Meaning of Federal Limitation of Liability for Aircraft Owners and Lessors Newsletters
10/16/2009 Pro Bono Newsletter Fall 2009

ATTORNEY SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
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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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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Experience & Credentials

Position

Partner

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
J.D.
magna cum laude

University Attended

University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1992
B.A.

Birth Information

Born in 1970
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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Contact Information

Phone

412-577-5291

Email

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Office Information
Robert J. Williams
Partner
Fifth Avenue Place 120 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2700,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3001

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