Rob Weber has practiced at Wilson Elser for more than 25 years, building and maintaining long-term relationships with key clients across a broad range of industries. He is deputy senior managing partner of the firm and a member of its Executive Committee.
Rob concentrates in the areas of product liability, including pharmaceutical and medical device cases; general liability, including sports- and entertainment-related claims; premises liability, including commercial, retail, hospitality and property management and security; and insurance law, including complex insurance and reinsurance coverage matters. He is also co-chair of the Insurance Practice Team.
Leading business, sports and insurance enterprises rely on Rob's exceptional level of experience and service to help them confidently navigate both complex and straightforward legal issues. Rob is forthright in assessing the likely direction of a case and recommending a strategy for resolution, while striving to provide efficient representation and avoid prolonged litigation.
Rob has served on the U.S. boards of two global insurance companies.
Areas of Focus
Rob has extensive, nationwide experience defending manufacturers and distributors of consumer, industrial, automotive and health care products. He was involved in appealing an important pharmaceutical product liability case, involving punitive damages, to the U.S. Supreme Court - particularly significant because tort cases rarely reach the country's highest court - and was successful in obtaining reversal and remand back to state court.
General Liability & Casualty
Rob represents Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Goldman Sachs, Viacom and its MTV and Paramount Pictures divisions, Abbott Laboratories, Vornado Realty Trust, and other major clients in complex, high-exposure bodily injury and property loss claims. He has represented both professional sports leagues and individual professional teams in liability matters. He also has defended retail, restaurant and hotel establishments and building owners and contractors in personal injury and property damage claims.
Throughout his career, Rob has addressed a multitude of issues for domestic and international insurance market clients. This work has involved policy drafting, coverage analysis, and coverage litigation and arbitration, including matters with exposures running into the hundreds of millions of dollars.
Living with U.S. Litigation
Lloyd's Market Association
Anatomy of High Exposure Bodily Injury Claims: Case Studies in Risk Containment
Real Estate and Hospitality Client Advisory Board Event
Living with U.S. Litigation
Lloyd's Market Association
Weber, Lum & Dell Present Risk Management Seminar in Atlantic City, NJ
October 26, 2011
Claims Handling Protocols & Basics of Premises Liability Litigation
Ocotber 10, 2011
Claims Management seminar
One Year after “Sandy,” Property Insurers Engulfed by Wave of Lawsuits
Unprecedented Influx of “Sandy” Cases
December 11, 2013
Insurance companies with policyholders in the tri-state area find themselves in the crosshairs of several law firms intent on extracting damages in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Local attorneys are working side by side with out-of-state law firms familiar with the legal aftermath of hurricanes, including Katrina. Together, they are systematically filing lawsuits in both state and federal courts in lower New York and New Jersey. As part of their efforts, they have embarked on an advertising campaign to potential claimants, outlining in detail their qualifications and proposed approaches.
Wilson Elser Appoints Evans and Leghorn to Firm's Operations Group
February 28, 2011 Wilson Elser has announced the recent appointment of two of the firm's senior partners - Julie R. Evans and Thomas A. Leghorn - to its Operations Group (OG).
Superstorm Sandy: A Three-Month Retrospective
A Three-Month Retrospective
February 11, 2013
After the devastation, related levels of emotional and financial distress caused by Superstorm Sandy continue to climb. Insurers need a skilled legal team that understands both the impact of the storm on the region and the litigation and insurance issues that will undoubtedly arise.
Sandy's Perilous Aftermath
November 1, 2012
As businesses and families that were caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy begin to survey the damage, insurers are feeling the first surge of many claims to come. Now's the time to confer with Wilson Elser's knowledgeable and adept insurance attorneys to be certain you've got all contingencies covered.
This is the first in a series of alerts designed to provide you with clarity and understanding of the important and significant issues raised by this unprecedented crisis.
New NJ Supreme Court Rulings May Alter Duty to Defend
June 2011 On June 21, 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court again issued companion insurance coverage decisions that will have a profound impact upon the duty to defend under New Jersey law: Passaic Valley Sewerage Commissioners v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company, 2011 N.J. LEXIS 686 (June 21, 2011) (PVSC) and Abouzaid v. Mansard Gardens Associates, LLC, 2011 N.J. LEXIS 684 (June 21, 2011) (Abouzaid).
Georgia Supreme Court finds that, when insurer assumes defense under an ineffective reservation letter, insurer can be estopped from disclaimer based on noncoverage, even absent a showing of prejudice by insured
May 2010 In World Harvest Church, Inc. v. GuideOne Mutual Insurance Co., 2010 Ga. LEXIS 365 (May 3, 2010), the Supreme Court of Georgia answered certified questions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit regarding the specificity required for an effective reservation of rights letter and whether an insured must show prejudice for an insurer to be estopped from denying coverage under Georgia law.
Second Circuit finds that New York notice requirements inapplicable to disclaimers based on coverage grant of the policy
March 2010 Where an insurers disclaimer of coverage is not based on a policy exclusion, but rather on the basis that no coverage exists in the first instance, must the carrier still comply with the stringent notice requirements of New York Insurance Law 3420(d)(2)? No, said the Second Circuit in its recent ruling in NGM Insurance Company v. Blakely Pumping, Inc.
“Bad Faith Claims: Potential Landmines for Insurers,” Environmental Insurance: Past, Present and Future 2002, American Bar Association, June 2002 (Also at White Plains Office)