Robin concentrates her practice in the defense of medical malpractice and school civil rights, including education and employment law. Throughout her 18-year career with Marshall Dennehey, Robin has tried more than 30 cases to verdict, including medical malpractice, civil rights, motor vehicle and premises liability cases.
As the managing attorney of the firm's Scranton office, Robin is responsible for the day-to-day operations and supervision of staff. In addition, she provides leadership for the office's Health Care and Casualty departments. In December 2012, Robin became a member of the firm's board of directors, serving as a senior vice president.
Robin is a 1987 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. Following graduation, she worked with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and attended law school at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. During her last year of law school and for a short period of time immediately following graduation in 1993, Robin clerked for Judge Jacobs in the Court of Chancery in Wilmington, Delaware.
Robin is a member of the Lackawanna Bar Association, serving on its Civil Rules Committee. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Significant Representative Matters
•Tried a First Amendment political retaliation/freedom of association case in which she represented a school district. Plaintiffs alleged they suffered economic loss as a result of their political activities in supporting board members who ultimately lost the election. More significantly, plaintiffs alleged the retaliation occurred because they were friends with one another. Although we lost the case, after filing post-trial motions, the judge ordered a new trial, agreeing that his charge incorrectly implied that plaintiffs had a protected right of association for the purely social aspects of their relationships. We ultimately settled the case.
•Successfully secured summary judgment in a case where plaintiff, a student at the University of Scranton/Wyoming Valley Healthcare System School of Nurse Anesthesia, was placed on academic probation and dismissed from the university. His complaint contained four causes of action, which were all dismissed: 1) breach of contract; 2) breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing; 3) denial of due process; and 4) tortious interference with contract. Plaintiff appealed, and the Third Circuit affirmed.
•Involved in a major case involving alleged abuse of seven minor autistic students. Through their parents, they claimed they were assaulted by their teacher in violation of their constitutional rights, resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder. Represented the school district where the alleged abuse occurred and its administrators. Successfully had the 14th Amendment claim against the individuals dismissed. The school district had an indemnification clause in its contract with the entity that employed the teacher, and, ultimately, the case settled for multi-millions, none of which was paid by the school district.
•Recent Appellate Court Cases Applying Pennsylvania's Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, Civil Litigation Update, Winter 2000
•Recent Appellate Court Cases Applying Pennsylvania's MVFRL, Defense Digest, Dec. Vol. 5, No. 6, 1999
•ERISA Subrogation: Who Pays The Litigation Expenses? Defense Digest, Vol. 2, No. 6, 1996
•Taking a Closer Look at how Student Records are Defined, National Business Institute's Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights Seminar, Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 7, 2013
•The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act, National Business Institute's Lawfully Managing Student Records Without Violating Privacy Rights Seminar, Scranton, Pennsylvania, June 7, 2013
•Defending the Electronic Medical Record Deposition, ASHRM Annual Conference & Exhibition, National Harbor, MD, October 9, 2012
•Remedies: IDEA v. Section 504, Panel Discussion - 38th Annual Education Law Conference, Lehigh University College of Education, May 2010
•Charting Pitfalls, NOR - PANPHA, An Association of Pennsylvania Nonprofit Senior Services, Continuing Education Conference, April 2009
•Americans with Disabilities Act Update, New Realities in Employment Law, April 2009
•Overview of Legal Issues Confronting School Districts, Tunkhannock Area School District, January 2009
•Charting Pitfalls, University of Scranton / Wyoming Valley Healthcare System, Inc. School of Nurse Anesthesia, February 2006
•Updates to IDEA, National Business Institute, January 2006
•Medical Malpractice Update, Marshall Dennehey Healthcare Seminar, November 1999
Honors & Awards
•BV Distinguished by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
Year Joined Organization: 1994