Robin R. Cockey

Robin R. Cockey: Attorney with Cockey, Brennan & Maloney, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Published Works

"The Family and Medical Leave Act at Work: Getting Employees to Value Families" (Co-Author), 4 Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law 225, 1996

"For Employers, the Paper Trail Starts with a Written Personnel Policy", 12 The Law Clerk 2, 1997

"Can't Buy Me Leave: Looking for Effective FMLA Remedies", Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Reporter, 2007

"Crossing Jordan: How A Bartending Crisis Revolutionized the Law of Workplace Harassment," 17 University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class. Fall 2017

Representative Cases

Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene v. Phoebus, 319 Md. 710 (1990)

Zazanis v. Gold Coast Mall, Inc., 63 Md. App. 364 (1985)

Knussman v. State of Maryland, 935 F. Supp. 659 (D Md) (1996)

Knussman v. State of Maryland, 16 F. Supp. 2d 601 (D Md) (1998)

Knussman v. State of Maryland, 65 F. Supp. 2d. 353 (D Md) (1999)

Smack v. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 134 Md. App. 412 (2000)

Smack v. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 378 Md 298, 835 A.2d 1175 (2003)

Andy's Ice Cream, Inc. v. City of Salisbury, 125 Md, App. 125, 724 A.2d 717 (1999)

Knussman v. State of Maryland, 272 F. 3d 625, C.A. 4 (Md.) (2001)

Montgomery v. State of Maryland, 266 F.3d 334, C.A.4 (Md.) (2001)

Montgomery v. State of Maryland, 377 Md. 615, 835 A.2d 1224 (2003)

Montgomery v. State of Maryland, 374 Md. 358, 822 A.2d 1224 (2003)

Walker v. City of Salisbury, 170 F Supp 2d 541 (D. Md) (2001)

Ford v. Dept. of Corrections, 149 Md. App. 488 (2001)

Marsha A. Lewis v. Board of Education of Talbot County, et al., 262 F. Supp. 2d 608, 177 Ed. Law Rep. 1069 (D.Md.) (2003)

Purnell v. State of Maryland, 330 F. Supp. 2d 551 (D.Md.) (2004)

Heller v. State of Maryland, 391 Md 148 (2005)

Heller v. DNR, 161 Md App. 299 (2005)

Dorothy Houlihan v. Sussex Technical School District, et al, 2006 WL 3349534, 461 F. Supp 2d. 252 (2006)

Boyer-Liberto v. Fontainebleu Corp., 786 F3d 264 (4th Cir 2015) (en banc)

Representative Clients

City of Crisfield (1992-Present)

Somerset County Sanitary District Commission (2005-Present)

Wor-Wic Community College (1984-2006)

Wicomico County Housing Authority (1994-Present)

The McCready Foundation (Hospital) (2013 -- Present)

Eastern Shore Regional Library (2012 -- Present)


Employment Rights for Cancer Survivors, Wellness Community of Dermania, 2009 - Present

First Amendment Issues: Scope of an Employee's Right to Speak, MICPEL

Americans with Disabilities Act CADA for Employers and Tax Incentives, Salisbury University Center for Professional Development / Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, 2001 - Present

Honors and Awards

Bouton Visiting Legal Scholar, Princeton University 1988, 1991

Maryland ACLU Pro Bono Attorney Award, 1999 - Present

The Daily Record Leadership in Law Award, 2004 - Present

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation

Pro Bono Activities

Lower Shore Performing Arts Company

Maryland Employment Lawyers Association


Phi Beta Kappa

Order of Barristers

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Zoning Law
  • Planning and Land Use
  • Government

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
443-736-2399  Phone
(410) 546-1750  Phone
(410) 546-1811  Fax
University Attended:
Swarthmore College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
Law School Attended:
College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, J.D., Phi Beta Kappa; Order of Barristers, 1980
Year of First Admission:
1980, Maryland; 1983, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; 1999, U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
Wor-Wic Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees, 1986 - 1990; Wor-Wic Foundation, Chairman, 1987 - 1990; Salisbury City Council, Member, 1986 - 1994; Salisbury City Council, President, 1988 - 1994; Wicomico County Parks and Recreation Commission, Member, 1987 - 1988; Wicomico County Airport Commission, Member, 1989 - 1992; City of Salisbury Housing Task Force, Chairman, 1987; City of Salisbury Traffic Advisory Committee, Chairman, 1994 - Present; Wicomico County, Member; Wicomico County, Treasurer, 1985 - 1987; City of Salisbury Landlord Licensing Committee, Member, 2003 - Present; Maryland Employment Lawyers Association, Member/Vice President, 2009 -- 2014; President, 2014-2018.
Payment Information:
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  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

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