Robert E. Smith

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Robert E. Smith joined Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin in 2001 and became a shareholder in 2008. He handles a wide variety of casualty matters but focuses primarily in the areas of motor vehicle law, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, insurance disputes and premises liability. Throughout his career, Robert has successfully resolved hundreds of casualty matters through trial, arbitration or mediation.

Prior to joining our firm, Robert was an associate with Murphy & O'Connor in Philadelphia for eight years. His practice was devoted to general civil defense litigation including, but not limited to, premises liability, professional liability motor vehicle law and employment law.

Clients and professional organizations have asked Robert to lecture on a variety of topics regarding the handling of uninsured and underinsured motorist claims.

Robert is admitted to practice in all courts in Pennsylvania as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Luzerne County Bar Association and Lackawanna County Bar Association.

In 1989 Robert graduated with honors (magna cum laude) from Kings College with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology. He received his juris doctor from The Dickinson School of Law in 1993.

Robert has received a BV Distinguished rating by the Martindale Hubbell.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Regular Use Exclusions in Pennsylvania -- Coverage Issues and Practical Applications, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, June 2015

Pennsylvania UM/UIM Law: 2014 Updates, Marshall Dennehey Client Seminar, December 2014


•“Should the Underinsured Motorist Carrier Be Identified at the Time of Trial?, ” Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016

• Insurer's Conduct when No Bad Faith Is Pleaded, The Legal Intelligencer, Auto Law Supplement, June 17, 2014


Should the Underinsured Motorist Carrier Be Identified at the Time of Trial?
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2016

By Robert E. Smith, Esq.*Key Points:Superior Court has yet to specifically address the argument of whether “due process” requires the UIM carrier to be identified.Court reiterates that a jury's lack of knowledge..., Defense Digest, Vol. 22, No. 3, September 2016. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to...

Insurer's Conduct When No Bad Faith Is Pleaded
Articles • June 17, 2014

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims
  • Motor Vehicle Litigation
  • Premises Liability - Defense

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(570) 496-4611  Phone
(570) 496-0567  Fax
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 3118, Moosic, PA 18507
University Attended:
Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA, B.A., Criminal Justice and Psychology, magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, Carlisle, PA, J.D., 1993; Dickinson School of Law, Penn State University, Carlisle, PA, J.D., 1993
Year of First Admission:
1993, Pennsylvania

Associations & Memberships

•American Bar Association
•Luzerne County Bar Association
•Pennsylvania Bar Association

Reported Cases:
Significant Representative Matters; Identified a conflict of law issue in a UIM claim which significantly reduced the amount of damages recoverable in a death action resulting in settlement for substantially less than the policy limit demand. Successfully defended an uninsured motorist claim by arguing that the Claimant failed to prove that the accident was caused by a phantom vehicle and/or that late notice of the claim prejudiced the insurer's ability to conduct a timely and proper investigation. ; Successfully defended an uninsured motorist claim by arguing that even though the Claimant was a driver listed on the applicable declarations page, she did not qualify as an insured person for purposes of UM coverage. ; Successfully argued that a Claimant was required to pay back underinsured motorist benefits after additional liability coverage was subsequently located. ; Handled and settled many uninsured or underinsured motorist claims where the boardable economic damages exceeded $1,000,000. ; Successfully defended automobile accident cases where liability was admitted and jury found Defendant's negligence was not a substantial factor in causing Plaintiff's alleged damages. ; Defended a paving company in a trip and fall claim involving catastrophic injuries. Our client was initially the target Defendant. After extensive discovery and exchange of expert reports, the claim against the Co-Defendant/property owner settled for $3,000,000 and the claim against our client settled for $50,000.

Peer Reviews

4.1/5.0 (8 reviews)
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 09/08/11 in Civil Litigation

    Rob Smith is an outstanding litigator. He enjoys an outstanding reputation within the legal community. Rob is a tireless advocate for his clients whom I would hire.

    Rob Smith is an outstanding litigator. He enjoys an outstanding reputation within the legal community. Rob is a tireless advocate for his clients whom I would hire. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 08/16/11 in Automobile Insurance Defense

    Excellent lawyer and individual.

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