Robert M. Palumbos helps companies and entrepreneurs resolve complex legal issues in appellate and commercial litigation. He is an experienced appellate lawyer with a track record in over four dozen appeals of preserving trial court victories and reversing trial court losses. Mr. Palumbos has briefed or argued appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States, including as lead counsel in more than a half-dozen successful appeals. His appellate work covers a wide range of legal areas, such as RICO, corporate governance, administrative agency law, real estate and zoning, insurance coverage and contracts.
In addition to his appellate work, Mr. Palumbos represents companies in complex commercial litigation in trial courts throughout the United States. He handles high-stakes cases involving RICO, antitrust, securities, and class actions, often winning those cases early in the process before trial through strategic motions practice. His clients include leaders within the Internet, venture capital investment, software and hardware design, pharmaceutical, and financial services industries.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Palumbos was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Palumbos is a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and former editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. He is also a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (M.A., B.A.), where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Mr. Palumbos chairs the firm's Philadelphia office Inclusion Committee.
•Duane Morris LLP
- Partner, 2014-present
- Associate, 2006-2013
•U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
- Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell, 2006
Honors & Awards
•2014 Lawyers on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer
•Pennsylvania Rising Star, 2011-2014
•Co-Author and Course Planner, Advanced Issues in Civil Practice and Procedure: Judicial Review, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Publication No. 2013-7853 (2013)
•Co-author, Expert Evidence in the Third Circuit, Scientific Evidence Review: Admissibility and Use of Expert Evidence in the Courtroom, Monograph No. 9 (2013), No. 8 (2008)
•Co-author, Antitrust Class Action Settlements, in Antitrust Class Actions Handbook, American Bar Association, 2010
•Co-author, Unique Aspects of Appellate Practice in the Third Circuit, A Practitioner's Guide to Appellate Advocacy, American Bar Association, 2010
•Co-author, Indirect Purchaser Lawsuits: A State-by-State Survey, American Bar Association, 2010
•Co-author, Supreme Court Confirms Application of Twombly to All Civil Cases, Duane Morris Alert, May 21, 2009
•Comment, Within Each Lawyer's Conscience a Touchstone: Law, Morality, and Attorney Civil Disobedience, 153 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1057 (2005)
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, National Business Institute, December 12, 2014
•Speaker, Remedies Under Pennsylvania Law for Minority Shareholders Claiming Oppression, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, November 13, 2014
•Speaker, Fiduciary Duties in the Era of Benefit Corporations and Hobby Lobby, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, November 12, 2014
•Speaker, Legal Writing in the 21st Century, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg and Philadelphia, October 15 and 28, 2014
•Speaker, Justiciability Doctrines, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, August 15 and 29, 2013
•Speaker, Records Retention for Manufacturers: Building a Successful Program, Association of Corporate Counsel, Webcast, May 22, 2012