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. He is a Co-Chair of ABOTA's National Trial College Committee.
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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 presented lectures on topics including truck accident investigation; crash scene management; the development and use of expert witness testimony in trucking litigation; 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.
• 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 (Personal Injury Defense: Products)
•Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County, New York, 1992-1996
•Hanlon, Boglioli & Hanlon, 1996-2008