Robert M. Hanlon, Jr.: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Robert M. Hanlon, Jr.

Princeton,  NJ  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Food and Beverage
Contact InfoTelephone: 609.986.1340
Fax: 609.986.1301
University College of William & Mary, B.A., 1989
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University, J.D., High Honors, 1992
Admitted1992, New Jersey; 1993, New York; 2008, Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey; U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Affiliations

•American College of Trial Lawyers
•American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
•National Board of Directors
•Faculty, National Trial College
•Co-Chair, National Trial College Committee
•7th Amendment and Jury Innovation Committee
•Product Liability Advisory Council
•Trucking Industry Defense Association
•Defense Research Institute
•Products Liability Committee
•Trucking Law Committee

BornNew Jersey, November 14, 1966

Robert Hanlon, Jr. is a partner in the firm's Princeton, New Jersey office. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers* and a member of the National Board of Directors for the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He enjoys teaching as well as practicing trial advocacy. He has been on the faculty of ABOTA's weeklong National Trial College at Harvard Law School since its inception in 2010, and he had the honor of serving as the Dean of the College in 2014 and will do so again in 2016. He is a Co-Chair of ABOTA's National Trial College Committee.

*“Fellowship is extended only by invitation, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy... Membership can never be more than 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province.”

Robert is an active trial attorney who has tried more than 30 cases to verdict in nine states, including such challenging venues as Los Angeles County, California; Cook County, Illinois; Bronx County, New York; and Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. He is regularly retained by self-insured manufacturers, trucking companies, and excess insurance providers to litigate and try their most serious cases. Robert has the necessary trial experience to address both the emotional and the technical issues inherent in such litigation. He has deposed, presented, and cross-examined hundreds of expert witnesses, and he recently served on a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education panel addressing the use of accident reconstruction and bio-mechanics experts in automotive litigation.

Robert concentrates his practice on the defense of product liability, transportation, and catastrophic personal injury litigation. A member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, he represents manufacturers of automobiles and trucks, consumer products, children's toys, and industrial equipment. On behalf of his automotive clients, he has litigated matters involving nearly all aspects of automobile design and he has tried cases involving defect allegations related to roof structures, cruise control systems, transmissions, starter and shift interlocks, seats, brakes, and airbag systems.

Robert is an experienced transportation litigator and a member of the Truck Industry Defense Association. He serves as Regional Coordinating Counsel for a multi-national trucking and logistics company. In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing and trying the company's catastrophic personal injury cases throughout the eastern United States. He has assisted his clients both with developing protocols and with safety training. He has presented lectures on topics including FMCSR compliance and the consequences of non-compliance; truck accident investigation; crash scene management; the development and use of expert witness testimony in trucking litigation; conducting investigations and discovery so as to avoid surprises; and potential conflicts of interest created by multi-party trucking disputes.

Representative cases in which Robert has recently been retained include:

•An automotive product liability action brought on behalf of a two-year-old girl who sustained quadriplegia injuries
•A negligence action stemming from a trucking accident in which one person was killed and 12 others were seriously injured
•A product liability lawsuit involving the collapse of a warehouse racking system that resulted in spinal cord injuries
•An automotive negligence matter stemming from an accident in South Africa that resulted in debilitating traumatic brain injuries
•A product liability action involving an industrial meat mixer-blender and a partial hand amputation

Following graduation with High Honors from George Washington University Law School, Robert served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County, New York from 1992 to 1996, during which time he tried felony cases as a member of the Violent Crimes Bureau. He has earned an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.


•Robert M. Hanlon, Jr. Parachuted in for Trucking Trial
July 22, 2013
•Six Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Listed in 2013 New Jersey Super Lawyers
May 1, 2013
•Robert M. Hanlon, Jr. Named to American Board of Trial Advocates National Trial College Committee
December 5, 2011


•Product Liability Playbook


•Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Best Lawyers in America 2015 (Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants)
•2013 Top Rated Lawyers in Transportation Law
New Jersey Super Lawyers 2013-2015 (Personal Injury Defense: Products)


•Contributor, Product Liability Playbook: Insights Into Product Liability, Risk Avoidance, and Consumer Fraud Class Actions blog:
•Speaker, “Proofs at Trial in a Nutshell, ” N.J. Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2014
•Dean and Faculty Member, ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, June 2014
•Speaker, Recent Developments in Product Liability Law, N.J. State Bar Association, Product Liability & Toxic Tort Section, February 2013
•Speaker, “Establishing the Theme of Your Case Through Paper Discovery, ” N.J. Institute for Continuing Legal Education, November 2012
•Speaker, A Day of Accident Reconstruction, N.J. Institute for Continuing Legal Education, August 2012
•Faculty Member, ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School, July 2012
•Co-Author, “Keeping In-House Counsel Off the Stand (And Outside Counsel Out of the Doghouse), ” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly, Summer 2012
•Faculty Member, ABOTA National Trial College at Princeton University, June 2010
•Speaker, Masters in Trial, ABOTA, December 2009
•Co-Author, Second Circuit, Spoliation of Evidence: A Compendium of State and Federal Law, DRI, 2006
•Co-Author, Driver Discipline: Application of the Subsequent Remedial Measures Doctrine, For the Defense, DRI, February 2006

Prior Experience

•Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, New York, 1992-1996
•Hanlon, Boglioli & Hanlon, 1996-2008


•Product Liability Trials
•Transportation Trials
•Criminal Trials and Grand Jury Experience


•Goldberg Segalla Attorneys Recognized in 2015 New Jersey Super Lawyers
April 20, 2015
•Best Lawyers in America 2015 Lists Eighteen Goldberg Segalla Attorneys
August 22, 2014
•Goldberg Segalla Named a New Jersey Powerhouse by Law360
June 26, 2014
•Robert M. Hanlon, Jr. Admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers
March 23, 2012


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Robert M. Hanlon, Jr.

902 Carnegie Center, Suite 100
PrincetonNJ 08540-6530


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