Robert J. Williams

Attorney in Pittsburgh, PA
Bob handles complex commercial, employment and bankruptcy litigation matters on behalf of individuals and corporations. He has represented defendants in various class action cases, including defending a medical clinic in a TCPA class action case. The matter went through class certification discovery, but settled favorably prior to the class certification hearing. The case settled as a result of a three-prong defense which included defeating the claim that the defendant had violated the TCPA intentionally; by establishing that the plaintiffs did not have the requisite commonality; and by asserting that the clinic was mandated to publicize the availability of its services. In addition, he has tried several cases to verdict before judges and juries in both state and federal courts, and has represented clients in both private and court-annexed arbitration proceedings. He also counsels companies and small businesses on litigation avoidance strategies and risk management.

Community Activities

•Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic: volunteer pilot, community representative
•Aviation Council of Pennsylvania: Membership Committee
•Leadership Pittsburgh XXIV
•Pilots N Paws, volunteer pilot
•Veterans Airlift Command, volunteer pilot

Attorney News

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

Attorney Publications


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


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

Attorney Speaking Engagements

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


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 ofLaw & PoliticsandSuper Lawyers-2005

•Listing inMadison's Registry of Who's Who Among Professionals and Executives-2005

•Noted as among Lawyers on the Fast Track byThe Legal Intelligencer-2005

•Bernard S. Cheskin Memorial Scholarship recipient

Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, managing editor

•Andrew Mellon Scholar

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Areas of Law

  • Aviation
  • Class Action
  • Construction Industry Practice
  • Creditors' Rights and Business Restructuring
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance Services
  • Labor and Employment Practices
  • Litigation Services


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Experience & Credentials



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•American Bar Association, member•Pennsylvania Bar Association, member•Alle... More

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Office Information
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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