Robert has developed his practice exclusively in the area of workers' compensation litigation. Since joining the firm in 1998, he has represented large, self-insured entities and third-party administrators in all manner of workers' compensation matters. While doing so, Robert has been awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He has also lectured before various organizations on topics related to workers' compensation.
Robert has handled cases leading to the following precedent-setting decisions:
•In Pennsylvania, a workers' compensation judge has jurisdiction to determine paternity as it relates to entitlement to benefits within the workers' compensation context.
•When an employer seeks to suspend the workers' compensation benefits that have been granted to an employee who is an unauthorized alien, a showing of job availability by the employer is not required.
•When the compensation claim involves sexual harassment, the personal animosity defense may preclude an award of benefits. However, the employer must raise the issue before the judge. It is not jurisdictional to be raised on appeal by the court sua sponte.
Robert's interest in politics has overlapped with his work in the field of workers' compensation. He was appointed to the Administration's Committee promulgating the proposed rules to administer Act 57. On that committee, he helped draft the regulations which ultimately implemented the Act 57 amendments. Robert is also involved in local politics. He was elected to the South Harrison Township (New Jersey) Committee in 2012 and continues to serve in this capacity. From 2007 -2012, he served on the township's Planning and Zoning Board.
Prior to beginning his legal career, Robert served in the United States Marine Corps. He was decorated five times during his service and was honorably discharged in 1987 . Following his military service, Robert attended college at Western Connecticut State University. He majored in English, with minors in psychology and philosophy. Upon graduation, he attended Villanova School of Law.
•Dial I For IRE - An Overview of Impairment Rating Evaluations in Pennsylvania, Marshall Dennehey Workers' Compensation Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012
•Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 2008
•W.C. Claims Handling Strategies, Providence Property and Casualty Co., Dallas, Texas, April 2008
•Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 2007
•Basic PA Case Handling for Adjusters, Providence Property and Casualty Co., Dallas, Texas, November 2006
•Litigating W.C. Construction Cases in PA, KHS&S Contractors, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, September 2006
•Current Issues in PA Workers' Compensation, Old Republic Ins. Co., Greensburg, Pennsylvania, September 2005
•Effective Marketing Techniques for Partner and Associates, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2005
•Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, Morris., CLE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 2005
•Basic Claims Handling -PA Workers' Compensation Cases, CNA, Reading, Pennsylvania, October 2003
•Handling Claims in PA, ACE/USA, ESIS, Wilmington, Delaware, July 2003
•Workers' Compensation Case Law Update, McLaughlin., CLE, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2002
•Current Case Law Update, PAWCCA, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, May 2002
•Status of Vocational Rehabilitation in Light of Current Case Law, Concentra, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, March 2002
•Successful File Management and Billing Guidelines, Marshall Dennehey, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2001
•Avoiding Pitfalls Inherent to the Use of Bureau Forms, RSKCO, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, August 2000
•Proving Fraudulent Claims Under Act 57, Sumitomo Marine Management (USA), Inc., Warren, New Jersey, February 1998
•Practical Management of Cases under Act 57, PMA Insurance Company, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, June 1997
•Large Firm v. Small Firm, Advantages for the New Associate's Consideration, PA Bar Association's Law School Practicum, Widener School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, April 1995
Past Employment Positions
•United States Marine Corp, 1983 -1987
Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Year Joined Organization: 1998
Killing Constituents: The Current Status of the Utilization Review Process
Defense Digest Article • March 1, 2012
Pennsylvania - Workers' Compensation Key Points:J.D. Landscaping v. WCAB (Heffernan) illustrates the tragic consequences of a Utilization Review Process that reviews providers, not the treatment.When a claimant...